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The Second Brain | Boosting Serotonin to Enhance Learning

The Second Brain | Boosting Serotonin to Enhance Learning

The Second Brain | Boosting Serotonin to Enhance Learning

We have all experienced, from time to time, that uneasy feeling you get when something doesn’t seem right. Often, we can’t put our finger on it, but we know that we feel bothered. For children, that uneasy feeling may show up as grumpiness or irritability, which can interfere with learning. Serotonin is a significant chemical in the body related to feelings of unease, so boosting it should be an essential piece of the learning environment. By intentionally increasing this “feel good” component, programs that are child-focused can bring about the most success to each child.

Serotonin plays an important role in our overall wellbeing and is a natural mood stabilizer. When we have those uneasy feelings or that “gut feeling” about a person or situation, it is because ninety percent of the serotonin in our bodies is produced in the gut. This is because the brain and the gut were formed from the same embryonic cell line and remain in communication via the vagus nerve. Because of this, our stomach is typically considered our “second brain.” When people encourage others to “listen to your gut,” this is the reason.

But not only does serotonin help with mood, but it has also been found to affect learning and memory. It assists in constructing new neuropathways in the brain, which strengthens the ability to learn new information more quickly. When levels of serotonin are higher, the overall mood is better, so cognitive functioning is enhanced. However, when those gut feelings appear in children, they often show signs of poor impulse control and inattention and feel irritable. Low serotonin levels can contribute to this, which ultimately leads to difficulty learning.

To create a learning environment that boosts serotonin, it’s important that the atmosphere is inviting and the teachers are enthusiastic. Having classroom routines in place and camaraderie among students will boost serotonin levels. The result will be the creation of an effective place for learning that will ensure that students’ brains are completely engaged.

The SKILLZ Child Development Centers teach with the brain in mind, and techniques used in the classroom are specifically designed to increase the serotonin levels of the students. The class routine is consistent each day, so students can feel comfortable and at ease. The instructors are passionate and encouraging to all students. As Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialists, the instructors have studied areas such as child development, science, psychology, and curriculum. By taking a whole-child approach, the SKILLZ program classrooms create the most beneficial learning environments by implementing the latest findings in science and psychology. This progressive method ensures the most success from students.

By targeting multiple factors that boost serotonin, we can create an environment that is conducive to learning. When children have higher serotonin levels, their moods are more stable. This makes learning more efficient, and their ability to remember information is enhanced. Students then become more satisfied with their accomplishments, and their good behaviors are reinforced.


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Early SKILLZ
Preschool - Kindergarten

3–4 year-olds are naturally curious. They might not be ready for the rigid structure of a traditional martial arts class ... but they do need to start learning about appropriate social behavior!

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Basic SKILLZ
1st Grade - 3rd Grade

It's often easy for teachers and parents to overestimate 5-6 year old children. They're better at following directions and paying attention than younger children, but they still need some help controlling themselves and focusing on tasks.
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Core SKILLZ
3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Children are like sponges. They absorb things quickly and easily - far more easily than we do as adults. Not only are they getting healthier as they learn martial arts, but they're also learning the value of self-discipline and respect.
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Junior Karate SKILLZ
Middle School Program

Karate may normally make you think of self-defense, fitness, and discipline ... the truth is, it's all of that and WAY more!
Our program helps our students build skills that they can APPLY to every area of their life and empower them to be the very best they can possibly be!



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Teens Karate
High School Program

Instead of giving into the moodiness and attitude, take them to our dojo instead! Teenagers are smart and capable - but they can also be their own worst enemies. Between peer pressure, their innate urge to rebel against their parents, and their surging hormones, they can be impossible to be around. But all they need is an outlet for their frustrations - and an opportunity to be their best.- DISCOVER -

Adult Karate
Ages 17+

Martial arts training is fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for adults. Studying martial arts is something that anybody - at any age or fitness level - can do. Our programs make learning fun, empowering, and provides a great workout for busy parents!



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