Montco Dance Instructors Make Math, Language Studies More Fun with Innovative Approach

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Lisa Collins Vidnovic and Janet Blenheim from Montgomery County have put a new spin on math and language teaching through using movement. (image via Philly.com)

Two Montgomery County dance instructors are bringing a new approach to teaching math and language by adding dance moves to help with understanding, writes Kristin E. Holmes for Philly.com.

Children in kindergarten and elementary schools are learning about fractions through spinning symmetry which mimic numerical patterns while moving to a beat. To assist with language learning they twist their bodies into shapes of the alphabet.

These fun and effective initiatives have been developed by Lisa Collins Vidnovic, founder of the Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Company in Abington, and Janet Blenheim, a former teacher in the Upper Dublin School District.

Both of them are professional dancers, with Vidnovic being a former Pennsylvania Ballet dancer while Blenheim studied at the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Vidnovic started offering the language-arts dance classes, Reading Moves Me, six years ago in Philadelphia as a volunteer dance teacher. Soon after, she began collaborating with Blenheim to add math to the mix with the M3=Math x Music x Movement class.

“Children who are actively and cognitively engaged learn and retain a deeper understanding,” said Blenheim. “Everything is clicking.”

Read more about this new teaching approach at Philly.com by clicking here.

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