Right brain training is designed to empower both the hemispheres of the brain – the logical left brain and the creative right brain. Both the hemispheres function in tandem to attain whole brain synergy. Parents are always solicitous about their toddler’s welfare. However, they tend to emulate conventional Indian academic patterns due to benightedness. Indian curriculum is comprised of memorisation and regurgitation of the acquired data. Parents prioritise repetition of information. They concentrate on teaching the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colours. The right brain operates on an entirely different tangent. A child’s untapped potential is infinitely vast. The phenomenal human brain ( cerebrum) possesses the amazing faculty to activate a new program that organises and processes stimuli. The principal fragment that requires emphasis is that the right brain functions beyond one’s consciousness. Without storing images in the cerebrum, the right brain processes thinking activities at ‘ lightning rapid speed ‘ . Time is an extremely crucial factor while enhancing your fledgling’s right brain development. Right brain training necessitates working quickly. More exposure will lead to more neuronal connections which will ultimately result in higher brain stimuli. A parent should devote no more than two minutes per activity while engaging in this process of right brain training at home.
The activities include –
• Rapid calculation through abacus
• Developing your child’s emotional quotient through –
2- Pretend Play
3- Dramatic story telling
It is emphasised that quantity is more important than quality for *right brain training* . It is advisable to not show the same flashcard more than three times because babies get bored if presented with the same material repeatedly. Parents can read to their children and create flashcards similar to the content. For eg – If you’re reading about ‘ time ‘, you can work on flashcards of the day, the night, the Sun, the moon, the phases of the moon, the months, the sundial, analogue clock, digital clock, hour glass, autumn, winter, spring and summer. This makes the process of right brain training faster, effectual and simple.
Each flash card should be displayed for only a second and it should be done quickly . The activity isn’t very time consuming and there is a provision of higher brain stimuli for your tiny tot. It is vital to have a combination of flashcards with words and pictures because they both serve different purposes. However, it isn’t recommended to have words and images on the same flashcard. ( You can have two flashcards. One with an image of a car and another with the word ‘ car ‘ on it. It is not advisable to have a flashcard with an image of a car with the word underneath it. ) This activity exercises the right brain and aids in training the image function of the right brain .
Another activity pertaining to right brain training is imaging. You can either conceal your child’s eyes and narrate a story while asking him to imagine the scenarios or you can cut pictures of objects and stick them onto a piece of brightly coloured cardboard. The image should have a focal point
( a simple white dot ) . Request your child to focus on the dot for ten seconds and question him afterwards whether he can ‘ see’ the image in his mind. This activity helps to train the right brain’s imaging ability. This ability is the cornerstone for multiple right brain talents like speed reading, having a photographic memory, ability to perform complex calculations rapidly, etc .
Playing music for your child, asking him to colour the mandala , engaging in pretend play and dramatically narrating stories provide stimuli to his brain and enrich his right brain nourishment. Right brain training at home isn’t an arduous task. The modus operandi is simple , effective and time saving.
You can now unravel your baby’s prodigious potential with simple, easy and amusing activities.