Introduction to Hocus Focus

As parents and educators, the most important aspect of our work is to help our children prepare for a bright and challenging future. For those students who face additional challenges, our job may also include finding strategies to move them into becoming a more competent learner.

“Every classroom should be a safe, fun place to learn.  The Hocus Focus project helps bring that concept into reality.  It builds confidence and self-esteem.  It allows students to see that success can be achieved through hard work and attention to task.  Every child deserves to feel the confidence and success that comes from applying the Hocus Focus methods.  What this program does for education is truly magical!”

– Special Education Teacher – Broken Arrow, OK

WHAT IS HOCUS FOCUS™?

Hocus Focus™ is a creative instructional tool to support the learning of students with varying degrees of educational challenges and abilities including autistic, cognitively delayed, emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students. The activities are motivational, promote positive self-expression and reinforce so many key skills needed for student success.

WHY MAGIC TRICKS?

The art of magic is one of the oldest and most universal of the performing arts because it can easily translate from one culture to another. The earliest recorded demonstration of a magical performance can be found in the Westcar Papyrus (3000 B.C.), which illustrates a magician performing in the Pharaoh’s court (Christopher & Christopher, 2005). Magic’s history can be traced from prehistoric cave paintings in Southern France and Northern Spain through the streets and marketplaces of ancient Rome and Greece.

Magicians have been called the “scientists of show business” because their illusionary masterpieces require the knowledge and application of mathematics, science, and engineering (Christopher & Christopher, 2005).

One of the biggest challenges for educators is to find activities that are engaging and meaningful for students. But even more challenging is finding activities that allow for inter-disciplinary collaborations between educators, speech language pathologists, psychologists, counselors, and occupational therapists to help students with learning disabilities achieve the desired outcomes identified in their Individual Education Plan.

This is where learning to perform a magic trick can be a powerful tool. Simple magic tricks have the ability to capture and hold the attention of people of all ages. And children are especially intrigued by the seeming impossibility of a magic trick – that curiosity is international in its scope.

True teaching is the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds. Parents, teachers, and mentors can improve skills and encourage innovative thinking in children with disabilities by nurturing their curiosity and inquisitiveness. This can impact two of their most important executive functions – cognitive flexibility and cognitive self-control.

Curiosity should be the focus of education, and every day we should be challenged – and we should be challenging our students – with novel experiences that beg us to pose brilliant sorts of questions.

The very nature of the arts demands the integration of multiple disciplines thereby creating a perfect opportunity to utilize a multidisciplinary approach to instruction. Art disciplines that involve a performance component require students to combine diverse skill sets including cognitive, communication, and motor in an interactive social situation through creative expression.

Hocus Focus™ activities combine education and imagination to help children improve their abilities in planning, sequencing, organizing tasks and movements, fine motor skills, gross motor function/coordination, concentration, memory skills, communication, social behaviors, and so much more!

 

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