Question:What is right-brain training? How can it benefit a child's early development? Is it a must to practise at home after lessons and if I don’t have time to, will it be a waste of money to send him for such classes?
Asked By : Josephine
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What is right-brain training?
You have probably heard or read about left or right-brained dominance, where each side of the brain controls different types of thinking.
The left brain is the “reasoning” brain. It controls the conscious mind, logic and reasoning abilities. It processes information systematically, but slowly and in small quantity.
On the other hand, the right brain is the “visualisation” brain. It controls the subconscious mind, imaging abilities and creativity. It has the powerful abilities to process massive amount of information quickly, and has great memory retention ability.
The issue with our formal education is that it focuses mainly on working the left brain's functions such as logic and reasoning abilities. Math equations and science experiments, for example, uses the left brain's systematic and logical thinking. There is little room for right brain development which is also required to fully unleash a child's potential.
To be able to process huge amount of information quickly and to have excellent memory are very important abilities to complement the left brain's functions. With well developed left and right brain, children can excel better in academics, as well as other interests like sports, music or arts.
How can it benefit a child's early development?
Right brain training is aimed towards young children in order to strengthen the functions such as:
- Photographic Memory
- High Speed Information Processing Ability
- Spatial Recognition
- Visual Imagination
- Mental Concentration
It has been found out that the right hemisphere of a child's brain develops fastest from birth up to six years of age. It is during this crucial period that right brain training is at its most effective.
Therefore, it is important to expose your child to quality stimuli early on. This will allow them to develop abilities and to build a large library of information in their subconscious mind that they can keep and use as they grow up.
If the right brain of your child is left untrained during this time frame, the rapid rate of learning decreases and your child’s innate right brain abilities becomes dormant beyond the age of six.
Is it a must to practise at home after lessons and if I don’t have time to, will it be a waste of money to send him for such classes?
At Heguru Education, we believe in conducting the most effective lessons to stimulate and develop children's right brain. That said, we focus both on the quality of our lesson activities and how our teachers deliver them in the most engaging yet effective way.
Any child who attends our weekly lessons will benefit from our programmes. Though not a must, we do encourage parents to try their best to do simple and fun home practice to reinforce the concepts taught in class. This not only helps the child progress faster, but also forges a strong bond with the parents.
These home reinforcement tips are provided during the short parents' guidance session at the end of each lesson.