If you can hop on one foot, skip and tie your shoes, you can master the skill of reading! Did you know that? This is just one thing that I learned while reading A Life in Balance by Frank Belgau as told to Eric Belgau, from the Learning Breakthrough Program. A Life in Balance is a story about the finding of a “learning breakthrough” in educational therapy.
Does your child have a “learning disability” or do they just learn differently from the rest of the crowd? Do you want to help your child with their ADD/ADHD focus, but don’t want to add all the medicines into their lives? A Life in Balance is a large help in finding these and many other ideas!
At the time of my posting, you can order this paperback for $18.95. Not much different than the price of any other book you already have in your collection if your child is one who I mentioned above! Trust me…I know how many books you have on the topics, and this is one you really want!
Frank Belgau starts out by telling us a bit about his past, which is the starting point for his discoveries in learning. We get to know him as a person and see how all of this falls into place. From him growing up in a large family of very smart siblings and feeling left out, to him being in the Air Force and loving the hands on learning of being a mechanic.
Frank tells us a lot about his own experiences and those that he witnessed as he was learning about the multisensory approach to learning. We learn about Edward….how I loved Edward! I cried while reading this chapter. I loved hearing how an “unteachable” child was able to open the eyes of so many people in his school. This child reminded me of Moe Man…it is not the same, but it is the same. The child that everyone looks over, not wanting to work with them instead of against them. The one who loves to work with his hands and be able to see what they are doing.
The North Shore Students were such an inspiration. You cannot expect children to want to read if you do not offer them reading matter that is of their age and interest level. This was proven with Frank and these North Shore Students. Frank never once expected excellence from them, but he expected something out of them. The good days did not include beautiful pictures and students with prefect handwriting…they included days with kids actually working and trying to learn!
A Life in Balance finishes up with the “Space Walk”. A fun way to take some of Frank’s finding and put them into action without the extra investment in extra materials. The result of the “Space Walk” work with the physical workings of the brain. You can group the activities of the Space Walk into the categories of Walking, Hopping, Skipping and Rhythmic Hopping.
My opinion of the book….it NEEDS to be on your book self! You need to learn more about how our brain works, how your child’s brain works. You should see how things work so that you can help your child succeed in life. When simple things can make a difference, why would you not want to try it out? I love the book, I love the stories and examples that are included in this book. I have and will continue to use the Space Walk to help us refocus when the school day gets long.