Written by Bindu Raichura
“Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard but the people that work for me did.”
When Elon Musk quoted the above words, he meant that only elementary education received in educational institutes is not wholesome knowledge. Every individual has his/her perspective towards learning new things and gaining knowledge. And, so every person should be trained and educated accordingly. You must have heard of the right and left brain in a person or even about the gaining popularity of the right brain education. But what are these terminologies? Let’s understand!
When it is said that a person is right-brained or left-brained, it means that one side of his or her brain is more dominant as compared to the other side. If an individual is left-brained, it means he or she is more inclined towards logical and analytical thinking and thus is more objective in his/her approach. Whereas a right-brained person is more expressive, intuitive, and creative in his/her personal and professional life since the early years of childhood.
Considering the core difference between the two different hemispheres of the brain, the right brain education or right brain learning can be defined as educating the individual towards creativity and imaging abilities. Right brain education, therefore, is directed towards bringing in and improvising the level of sensitivity, creativity, and imagination in kids. So, right brain education is educating the child over and above academic education. Right brain learning imbibes the feeling of cooperation, oneness, and love in a child.
Although multiple right brain schools are popping up in our society, parents can also opt for right brain education at home with the help of the right tools and techniques.
If you have observed that the right brain of your child is more dominant, and so he or she struggles to cope up with the routine academic classes or feels demotivated to excel in the conservative education system, then these tips might be of great help to you. After all, basic education is a must.
A right-brained kid often procrastinates their academic assignments. So instead of pushing them to complete the work on a dreaded note, it helps to provide them with a well-managed study zone. This means when a parent wants the child to complete their homework, it needs to be ensured that the kid has all the needed stationery supplies and books all in one place. Such arrangement motivates them to complete studies on time and also the study sessions do not get interrupted by means of lame excuses, like lack of stationery.
Another way of motivating your child is to make a detailed to-do list or a timetable that breaks down every big task into a small one. Ask your child to checkmark every task, once it is executed. Multiple checkmarks in a short duration motivate the child to move further at a higher pace. This also relieves them of any stress.
As a right-brained child, your kid is more conducive to the visualization techniques for learning. So, make use of visual tools like flashcards, memory games, singing, dancing, storybooks, and anything else you can think of.
Don’t expect immediate results from your child and expect your child to be a perfectionist. Instead, make him or her a persistent player. Don’t let your child give-up any situations by thinking that he/she is not smart at it. If such a situation arises, motivate your child to work hard. Don’t compare them. Tell them every kid is born with his or her own set of skills which defines the individuality of the person.
Here is a list of few right-brain activities or right brain exercise games to inculcate quick learning skills and awareness in a child:
Link memory activity is the one where two pictures or two words with relation to each other are used. The child needs to identify the similarities or the differences between the two.
Flashcards help in improving the speed of learning in kids. These flashcards are a visualization tool that consists of picture cards and words too. The fast movement of cards in front of the kid’s eyes increases the speed of learning and memorizing in kids.
There are multiple visual memory games available in the market. But every game is targeted at improving the retention power of the child. The child is required to see an image for a moment, and then replicate the image by means of drawing or tools available.
Tangram puzzles are a set of seven shapes that are fun to play with for kids of all ages. Tangram improves the problem-solving abilities in kids. A child can either create his image out of imagination or work towards replicating a pre-designed image with the help of the given seven shapes.
In order to equally train and activate both sides of the brain, ask the child to imagine two dots and then keep moving the thoughts in the brain from one dot to another. In this way, the workout of both hemispheres of the brain will make the kid overall a better person.
Breathing through the left nostril is believed to fuel your right brain and make it more active. Not sure if it really does but there is no harm in trying it.
Laughter and positivity are believed to trigger the emotional and decision-making side of the brain. So, tickle the funny bone.
The waves of the alpha music put the kid in a semi-conscious and relaxed state of mind. So it is ideal to play alpha music during the time your child is learning new things.
If you are the one who is more inclined towards and confident enough to provide the right brain training at home as compared to outside professional institutes, then this section is for you. Remember that you as a parent do not require any special set of capabilities or a certified teaching course to execute the above listed right brain exercises or right brain activities for your child.
Few tips for parents, who are interested in right brain education at home:
In fact, parents are believed to possess the most essential capability needed to train the child. And that is their love and dedication towards them. Parents, with their keen observation, very well identify the interest areas, talent, and strength of their child. So by keeping simply a few tips in mind, you can successfully inculcate all the right brain characteristics in your child. But remember that learning is a journey to be traveled with fun. So, hold the hands of your kid and walk accordingly.
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