Smart Kids Have Brains

Vigorous exercise helps with ADHD
Smart Kids have Brains. All Kids have Brains. That's obvious.

What's not so obvious is that all kids can be smarter.

All kids can reach their full potential.

I call that "Smart Potential."

Sure, it means some life-style changes: smart toys, challenging games, and new activities.

Means less TV, more protein and complex carbs, and lots more movement.

Bottom line with Smart Learning your kids can

  • Have fewer ADHD symptoms.
  • Stay focused longer.
  • Get better grades with less struggle.
  • Be calmer and more grounded.
  • Sometimes even raise their IQs
  • Excel at their passion

"Lots more movement" is right up there at the top of the list for helping kids reach their "Smart Potential." Dr. Paul Dennison, founder of Brain Gym, has shown repeatedly that movement is the key to learning. More recently, Dr. John Ratey, a psychiatrist at the Harvard Medical School argues persuasively in his book Spark that vigorous daily movement helps all of us, kids and parents, improve just about anything--even ADHD.

Here at, we'll be looking at movement and lots of other ways to boost your kids' brain power with smart learning. (And many of the activities will boost your brain power too!)

Some folks call it "brain-based learning." Other folks call it "movement-based learning." Howard Gardner, another Harvard educator, in his book "Frames of Mind," calls it "multiple intelligences." Multiple intelligences is also called "learning styles." Then there's "whole-brain learning." I call it Smart Learning.

Whew, sounds complicated doesn't it? Not true. It's actually very easy and more fun than reading books from some guys at Harvard.

I call it "Smart Learning." So let's work together using "Smart Learning" to raise Smart Kids.

Be sure to leave a comment here on the blog. What do you think makes your kids smart?

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  3. My child is a different person after he has done Brain Gym or been to swim practice or basketball practice. He is hyper in school where they sit all day. He is calm, centered and focused after movement/exercise.

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