As a second grader, math can be a challenge, though it may have just gotten a bit easier. Stillwater Martial Arts owner and Master Instructor Alex Evers is teaming up with Richmond Elementary school’s 2nd grade teachers and students.
Starting in 2016, Richmond’s 2nd grade math program was rebranded as “Ninja Math Facts.” The program essentially works by setting specific and measurable goals for the students to reach and exceed. Using a martial arts belt system, like the one employed at Stillwater Martial Arts, students are challenged by their teachers and Master Alex to earn their yellow belt, orange belt, and even black belt, in “Ninja Math Facts.”
“The belt system is incredibly valuable in goal setting for children. If a goal is set that is too far in the distance, with no small goals between, it is much more likely a child will have difficulty hitting that long term goal,” says Master Alex. “The beauty of Ninja Math Facts is that it sets smaller short term goals for students to achieve, and then quickly encourages them to strive for their next goal. We use this system in our children’s martial arts classes to help them with focus, confidence, and self-discipline and it works great!”
To keep students focused on, not only their short-term goals like their next belts, but also their long-term goals, Stillwater Martial Arts also donated a framed gift certificate for a free month of martial arts classes. This amazing opportunity also includes a complimentary official martial arts uniform and instruction on how to break a real board. The certificate is hanging in the 2nd grade hallway to continue encouraging the students who might not be as excited about math, to keep their eyes on their long-term goal. The student who completes the most “Ninja Math Fact” problems will win the gift certificate.
Master Alex will check in with the 2nd grade classes halfway through the school year to check on progress and to continue to motivate and encourage the students. “It is really helpful to have some reinforcements in the classroom. Although Master Alex Evers is saying the same positive encouraging things as we are, it is important to have the students hear it from a different figure to really reinforce the point” said Mrs. Warner , a 2nd grade teacher at Richmond, whose class is part of the project.
At the end of the school year, Master Alex will return for our final Richmond Rocket Launch assembly. He will help award “Ninja Math Fact” certificates to all of the students who earned their black belts. “Last year the students who received the awards not only did very well on the number of math problems completed, but also had a sense of pride by being named a Ninja Math Facts Black Belt in front of the entire school!” said Richmond Principal, Kendra Rider.
If you would like more information on Stillwater Martial Arts, please call Alex Evers, at (405) 372-5425 or visit us at www.StillwaterMartialArts.com.
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Free Parents Night Out: Dodgeball Madness!
In this month’s Parent’s Night Out event, students will be put into teams based on age and play many different forms of dodgeball! Dodgeball is a great way to get some exercise, have a lot of fun, and play with friends. We are allowing 40 people for this event, make sure to sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot today!
Spring Break Board Breaking!
On March 10th we will hold our Annual Spring Break Board Breaking event! Students will get the opportunity to sign up for boards at the front desk, then as a group, break them together on March 10th! You will learn a few techniques that you can use to break your boards, or you can use your own favorites.
Many of our Black Belts and instructors will also be signing up to break concrete blocks, you don’t want to miss it!
Make sure to sign up at the front desk or call us to reserve your boards! (405) 372-5425
March Life Skill: Honesty
In March, we will be discussing the importance of demonstrating honesty in everything we do, even when no one is looking.
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Spring Break Day Camp
Coming up in March is our Spring Break Camp! We’ll be holding an all day long camp. If your child needs somewhere safe, fun, and will help the burn energy during Spring Break, we can help you out! You can pick the whole week or just a few days!
Give us a call at (405) 372-5425 for more details.
P.S. Remember if you are a current after school member, this camp is free and you can sign up where you normally pick up your kids.
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Summer Sports Camp is coming up QUICK
Why choose summer camp with us?
1) Take one week or all summer (discounts applicable); our curriculum is different each week, which means kids attending more than one week stay engaged and have an amazing time.
2) Working parents can take advantage of our Early opening at 7:30am and Late pick up until 5:30, FREE of charge
3) Our camps include AWESOME, CHARACTER BUILDING activities like Martial Arts Games, Team Building, Leadership Training, and even real Martial Arts classes!
4) Our staff are professionals! We teach children for a living – because we WANT to, not because we HAVE to. That makes ALL the difference, and families who attend our programs say they really appreciate it.
Do NOT wait, our camps ALWAYS fill up. Fill out for form to learn more, schedule a tour of our facility, or reserve a space for your child.
Only 40 Spaces in each week, please register ASAP to ensure your space. We always maintain good camper to counselor ratio, so we limit attendees to be sure each camper has an amazing experience.
(Update: We 100% filled up, please contact us for preregistration for next month!)
Birthdays in March
Click here to check out our upcoming Camp Days, as well as our FREE monthly Parents Night Out Events!
Announcements for the Week of Dec. 7th
Board Breaking Seminar: (Dec. 18th, 5:30-6:30pm)
Join us on Dec. 18th for a board breaking seminar. We will be using the schools rebreakable boards so there will be no costs included!
Mr. Alex will be teaching students different and exciting ways to break boards, will have multiple opportunities to try the breaks as well!
Winter Break: (Dec. 21-26th)
From Dec. 21-26th, SMA will be closed for the Holidays, get some rest and enjoy some family time!
Revised Schedule: (Dec. 28th-Jan 2nd)
During this week we will be holding classes but on a revised schedule.
Starting Jan. 4th, classes will resume our regular schedule, but during this week we will big holding big group classes!
These classes are a ton of fun, and if you have some time during the Holidays we would love to have you!
The revises schedule is attached to this email at the bottom!
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