Child Learning: How To Tap Your Child’s Unlimited Potential
While different people are born with different levels of intelligence, our IQs are not fixed throughout our lifetime. Intelligence can increase with the right mental stimulation.
But is there a LIMIT to how intelligent we can become? Can a slow learner truly train himself to become highly intelligent?
Research has shown that with the right methods and enough hard work, everything is possible. It has been calculated that the total number of possible neuro-connections that can be created is ’1′ followed by a series of ’0′s that stretch up to 10.5 million kilometers long!
A human being’s potential intelligence is practically unlimited. This is why scientists have said that the average person uses only less than 1% of their brain’s potential in a lifetime.
Introducing the Left and Right Brain
To know how we can optimize our brain in learning, we must first understand that the cerebral cortex (top & central layers) is made up of two separate hemispheres, commonly known as the left-brain and the right-brain.
The left-brain processes cognitive functions such as verbal and written language, analysis, logic, facts, math, linearity and sequence.
The right-brain on the other hand, is involved in creativity, imagination, daydreaming, colour, rhythm, movement, emotions and holism.
Whole Brain Integration Learning
So, what is the secret in getting our children to focus, concentrate and learn effectively? The answer is in engaging both sides of the brain in the learning process. This method is known as whole-brain integration learning.
When students engage their right-brain (imagination, creativity, rhythm, colour, emotions, movement etc…) in learning, their two brains will create a synergistic effect that taps a lot more of their brain power!
As the same time, learning will become a lot more fun and exciting to them. Let us give you an example of how this can be done. Learning History in a pure left-brain way would simply involve reading the facts from the text over and over again until it is remembered.
How would a student make learning history fun by engaging both sides of the brain? After reading and understanding the facts, the student could draw colourful pictures and diagrams to illustrate the story.
He may even ‘daydream’ and imagine playing the sequence of events like a movie in his mind, seeing the events and hearing the dialogue of the characters. This use of both sides of the brain would make the information ‘come alive’ and boost his brain’s retention power.
© Adam Khoo is a best seller author and peak performance trainer, and co author Gray Lee, a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ (NLP) trainer and an MBTI™ accredited facilitator. They will help you understand why children behave the way they do and transform the way you communicate with your children in their new ebook “Nurturing the Winner & Genius in Your Child”.
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