Third graders are grooving with Drums Alive, and stimulating their brains for learning while having fun.
At Chenango Bridge Elementary School, children beat their exercise balls with drumsticks and bounced happily. They were engaged in their first Drums Alive activity. The international fitness program combines exercise with beating exercise balls with drumsticks, and having fun in a group. Led by certified Drums Alive instructor Terry Price, a physical education teacher at Chenango Bridge, the students stimulate their thinking and apply it to different subject areas.
There is a trend among area school districts that incorporates nontraditional exercises into class activities. During one session, Price told students to answer math problems while beating the answers on their exercise balls.
“Drums Alive really helps with math,” said 8 year old student Grace Sabol. “It’s really fun and educational.”
The intent of Drums Alive is to engage auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. It engages several different parts of the brain simultaneously.
“To reinforce their mathematical skills, this is the perfect venue for that,” Price said. “We are born with rhythm. Our heart beats and pumps blood through us, so this is just a fun way to learn those math facts.”