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Learning How to Pay Attention


hile adults have jobs either earning money, or staying home to take care of their family, kids have a job that’s just as important – to learn as much as they can. Going to school and being a good student is a big part of that job. There’s a lot that has to be learned including reading, science, history and math. These subjects all require hard work. But, the most difficult thing a kid has to learn is how to pay attention to things they don’t like. It’s easy to pay attention to subjects you like and even easier when you are doing something you enjoy, like playing your favorite video game or watching your favorite show. Time seems to fly by when you’re doing the things you like. When it is time to listen to something you don’t want to hear, or do an assignment you don’t want to do, that’s when it gets really hard to pay attention. Your mind starts to think about things you like. Your body starts to fidget. Time seems to move really, really slow. Some kids are good at paying attention, while others have a harder time. In Martial Arts, you have to master basic punches and kicks before you can do the really cool moves you see in the movies. Before you can be a successful adult, you must master the skill of paying attention.

Focus is the key to good attention. Focus is when your whole body — your eyes, ears

Getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet will help you focus

hands and feet — are directed toward the task you have to complete. If you are watching TV and talking to a friend on the phone, you are not paying attention to either one. If you are in school and you’re drawing during math class, you are not paying attention. You can’t focus on two things at once. The next time you have an assignment you don’t like and don’t want to do, focus your eyes, ears and body toward that task. You’ll be amazed at how much easier and faster you get it done. n

Inside this Issue: Lucas hates to do his math homework until he discovers that math is more of a privilege than playing video games!

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Riverview Martial Arts is the story of Paul and Sandra Armstrong, owners of two Martial Arts schools, and their three children, and Lucas. 2    Matthew, MartialSophia, Arts Fitness  |  Issue 1

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+-x= Eating Breakfast is Good for Your Math Grade

Harvard University researchers studied kids who ate breakfast and kids who didn’t. The kids who ate a healthy breakfast were better at paying attention and earned higher grades in math! They also got into trouble less with their teachers. What’s the best breakfast to eat? A breakfast that includes both protein and healthy

Focusing your Punches Martial Arts will help you master the skill of focus by training you to direct your senses. When you throw a punch, your eyes, ears and body are all facing the same direction as the punch. Unless your whole body is in the right position, you can’t get any power behind your punch. Focus is POWER in both Martial Arts and the classroom.

Water on the Brain Your brain is about 80% water. Drink plenty of water every day to help you focus on your lessons. Preschool and elementary students need about 4 cups a day. Middle schoolers need about 5 cups and high school students need 8 cups daily. Water will help you be a better Martial Artist and athlete, too.

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Breakfast Ideas Banana Dogs Spread peanut butter on a whole grain hot dog bun and add a banana. You can also use almond butter. Hiker’s Breakfast Try a handful of your favorite trail mix with some yogurt. Breakfast Pizza On a toasted English muffin, place a slice of tomato, one chopped hard-boiled egg and shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle a little oregano on top. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese melts. Breakfast Smoothie In a blender mix one cup of orange juice, one banana, a half cup of non-fat yogurt and one cup of frozen mixed berries. Photo © 2008

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? Kids need more sleep than adults because they do so much learning. Sleep is when your brain sorts and stores all that you have learned. If you are 3 to 6 years old, you need 10 to 12 hours of sleep every day. Kids who are 7 to 12 years old need 10 to 11 hours of sleep every day.Teens need 8 to 9 hours daily. Having trouble paying attention to your homework? A short nap may help.

Martial Arts Fitness for Kids, Issue #4, May 1014  
Martial Arts Fitness for Kids, Issue #4, May 1014  

Newsletter with design and content oriented to child and teenage martial arts students.