Weaver will continue to use Spatial-Temporal Math (ST Math), also known as “Jiji”, a program developed through the M.I.N.D.Institute (Music, Intelligence, Neural Development). Dr. Gordon Shaw, from the University of California at Irvine, along with other research scientists, developed this program. Dr. Shaw’s research on music and brain function made headlines in 1993 as the "Mozart Effect". His findings suggested that music training increased the ability to achieve success in math.
Years of research by the MIND Institute scientists proved that music enhances how we think and create through spatial temporal reasoning. Spatial temporal reasoning is crucial for math and science. Spatial-temporal math (ST Math) is the leader is visual math instruction and represents the highest quality and most effective blended learning math solution in K-12 education.
Transitional kindergarten through fifth grade students will be participating in the program once each week in the media center at the beginning of the year and then in classrooms. In addition, 40 piano keyboards have been added to our music room. Students will be receiving beginning instruction in playing the piano as part of their music instruction once a week.
M.I.N.D. Institute is an example of how integral parental involvement works at Weaver. We are able to feature this fine program thanks to the efforts of Friends of Weaver.