Right brain or Left brain

Being a teacher, tutor and mum, I’ve encountered this ‘right brain or left brain’ discussion many times.

My personal view:

Teachers in school do try to use a variety of teaching methods to ensure students with different learning styles will benefit from the lesson. Gone are the old days of chalkboard & textbooks. Welcome to the new generation of PowerPoints & videos. However, there are also limitations with 40 different students in each class.

‘Brain training’ may be good to stimulate your child’s mind, but I personally feel that there’s no need to make a big hoohaa over it by spending hundreds of dollars on it when there’s no scientific proof that it does increase a child’s academic or mental capabilities. I’ve attended many trial lessons with my boy and was rather ‘disappointed’ at the activities. The activities done can actually be carried out during normal play at home if parents are willing to make the resources (cards) or buy them. If you are not sure of what activities or resources to prepare, there are many books in the library with simple instructions and lessons planned out for parents. If you can’t read English, there are many Taiwanese books on this topic at Popular.

Don’t mistaken that I’m not encouraging parents to send your kids to classes, my boy attends many different enrichment classes but I personally feel that ‘brain training’ is something that can be done easily at home through incidental learning instead of during a structured lesson.

The activities in are exactly what I’ve been doing with my boy since he was born. It’s also a form of parent-child bonding & some activities can even be done in the car travelling from 1 place to another! My parents used to do it with my siblings & me to pass time (so that we do not fight in the car). It’s fun & they don’t realise that it’s a ‘lesson’!

Anyway, I feel that discovering the individual child’s learning style is more important than brain training.

If your child is a visual learning (like me), bright pictures/colours will help alot. Use of flashcards & posters around the house will definitely help.

I only ‘discovered’ my learning style in S3 when one of my teachers told me to try to close my eyes & visualise the textbook I’ve been studying from for over a year. I realise that I can actually picture the book in my mind & flip the book & search for info in my ‘virtual textbook’. From there, I actually decided to use different colours to write/highlight different types of information & organised everything using colours & colourful Post-It notes. It helped alot. Even at higher education, I was still using this method. People think that I’m mad when I close my eyes to focus during exams but only I know what I’m doing: I’m digging for answers in my brain. My parents did not send me for any brain training classes, it just came naturally & I learnt to tap on it.

I have a friend who is a audio learner. She remembers better when she listens to someone read information. How did she study? Pay attention in class & ask her mum to read her textbook to her. While others were busy writing notes during revision, she created audio notes. She read out important information/concepts and recorded them. Played them back to listen while she’s doing her homework and whenever she’s free. I find that her relationship with her mum is really very strong although she’s working in Aussie. She told me how she’ll still hear her mum reading to her when she misses her mum while working alone in Aussie.

My sis is someone who has no ‘logical thinking’. She has poor sequencing & this resulted in her poor calculations. She learnt to add & subtract through ‘rote learning’. Repetition & constant practices. She requires all workings to be worked out neatly, we can’t skip any steps when teaching her Maths. And at each step, there can only be 1 change.

Example:

Normally I would just do this:
140 – 5 x 8 + 50 – 40 x 2
= 140 – 40 + 50 – 80
= 70

With my sister:
140 – 5 x 8 + 50 – 40 x 2
= 140 – (5 x 8) + 50 – (40 x 2)
= 140 – 40 + 50 – (40 x 2)
= 140 – 40 + 50 – 80
= 100 + 50 – 80
= 150 – 80
= 70

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself as parents: What do you want for your child?
Do you want a brainy child who will be a Phd holder in future but does not have ‘heartware’ or family bonding? Or do you want an all rounded child, even if he/she may not be the top in our society?

Every parent’s expectations are different. As long as you know that you’ve given your best to your child by loving your child, that’s all that matters.

My expectation of myself as a parent is to give my boy the opportunity to explore & discover himself, thus the exposure to different learning opportunities in forms of enrichment classes (swimming, music, art, etc).

left brain right brain

Both the hemispheres are important in their own way. With such studies the parents can decide in which field their child will be doing well. The left brain right brain people have theier own way of studying. Left-brained people are neat and clear about their work. They tend to make written lists. They will instinctively begin to take notes when attending a lecture. Right-brained people rely on their visual memory and "see" their list in their mind’s eye. They are not inclined to taking notes because they feel it would distract them from remembering.

Has anyone done research that patting the head of a child

Hi, could anyone give some enlightenment.

Will the patting of a child’s head cause injury to the brain? I do not know for what reasons. But my sis-in-laws seems to always want to pat my child on her head anytime.

I am afraid to tell them off co they think I am too protective. Please advise. My sis-in-laws hands are huge by the way

I just dont understand why there is a need to pat on a child’s head when just a few words of encourangement or praise will do.

Concern parent.

I'm not sure if the child

I’m not sure if the child who "always cover his ears when the teacher starts to play the music" and who "got all memory games wrong.." is disinterested in learning.

Sometimes, the root or cause of the problem is deeper than that. The child may have some sensory integration issues, which may mean that one or some of the five senses are not fully matured or integrated.

In this case, the child may be overly sensitive to loud music and sounds. Even though the volume and pitch of music may be ok to most kids and adults, for this particular child, the volume and pitch may be hurting his sense of hearing, hence he has to cover his ears. Guess, we need to be mindful that every child is different with different learning abilities.

shichida

I believe in giving learning opportunity. I expose my child to various enrichment classes in his childcare centre so that he can have a feel of the various activites, when he comes back from school he will describe to me excitedly what he had learnt. 
From his expression and tone of voice, i could tell that he is enjoying the activites.
I had encounter children who attended Shichida for a yr, she display excellent memory skills and she is only 3 year old! Likewise, i also saw a child who also has been with Shichida for a yr, the mum feedback that the son is not paying attention and always cover his ears when the teacher starts to play the music, he got all memory games wrong..

so afterall, does left or right brain really matter? It all depends on the child interest..

there is no one method suit all

There are quite no of statement from various professors  shown that the is brain development program effective in the development of the right brain. Such as http://www.shichidamethod.com/knowledge_centre.html.

To me, there is a prove statement from various parents that it has help their childen. They has claim that it has help children improve in their memory after attending some these program such as Shichida. Should this shows that it works at least for a pool of people.

There is no one program suit every child. Some children might be very bright without the needs to attend these program. But it does not means that these programs cannot helps others. Using one point of view that works for themselves and claim that right way. I believe that is no right or wrong way. It would rather the way that suit the child.

Do correct me if I'm wrong

Do correct me if I’m wrong 🙂 I would love to see scientific journals to support the claims made by these centres so that I can share with my friends too. And maybe it’ll convince me to sign my boy up for their programs.

I did ask the different centres for any scientific journals/articles they have to support their claims, and they said they do not have them. All they managed to tell me & hb was that their students are all doing well in mainstream schools now. However, considering the cost of the programs (it’s really expensive!!!), their students would most like come from well-to-do families who have the financial ability and most likely parents have had good educational backgrounds to coach their children in schoolwork. Scientific studies would have children from diverse backgrounds on the same program to prove that it’s really due to the ‘brain training’ and not because of ‘genes’ or ‘family background’.

I tried searching online through reputable databases (not those like Wiki) for journals/articles on this and there’s no conclusive results for ‘brain training’ but there are conclusive results that our left brain & right brains do have different functions and children have varying abilities due to how they use their left & right brains.

Thinking Preferences

Actually in addition to right brain (intuition) or left brain (logic) thinking, there is the abstract/concrete which makes the brain model looks like this:

Logical Abstract Intuitive Abstract
Logical Concrete Intuitive Concrete

Issues arise when parents and teachers do not understand what is their child’s/students’ thinking preference and behaviour attributes.

In my course of work, students whose thinking preference is yellow/red finds our school education system more challenging than those whose preferred thinking is blue/green.

Parents who are blue/green thinkers will usually have some issues with how their kids, who are yellow/red, think and learn, vice versa. This will result in unnecessary friction and conflicts between parent and child, especiallly during the teenage years.

By discovering a child/student’s thinking preference and behaviour attributes through a simple questionnaire, a parent/teacher can play an important role in helping and supporting the child/student in his/her learning.

How can we say we support them and is doing our best to help them if we don’t understand how they think and why they behave in the way they are behaving?

not everyone is like you

Agree with amylgf and hmsg. Each child has their own learning pace. As parent, we can only hope that the learning that we are putting them in will help them to learn.

Brain development program like shichida, has structured the program in such way that is able to suit most the child needs though it might not work for all child. Just like the school program.

By saying, "when there’s no scientific proof that it does increase a child’s academic or mental capabilities. I’ve attended many trial lessons with my boy and was rather ‘disappointed’ at the activities." seems to be bias. There are a lot scientific test that they have done to show that it works.

lucky that you born with

lucky that you born with graphic image in your mind. Most of people do not have this ability.

shichida claim photo image can be trained. not sure if any kids went to their class can able to develop that.

Everyone has their preferred

Everyone has their preferred style of learning… our job as parents is really to do many trials and errors so that we can discover their preference (or means) to achieve the end outcome.

Can’t comment on those brain training courses as I have not send them for these, too expensive for me!

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