Have you caught your child daydreaming instead of doing important homework assignments? Is your child musical or an excellent dancer? Is your child “busy” to the point that you wonder if he/she has ADD/ADHD? Or does your child retreat into a “fog” instead of staying tuned in to discussions?
Chances are that your child is right-brain dominant, which seems to be a curse these days. Most schools judge student performance through left-brain skills like math, phonics, step-by-step thinking, and logic. The poor right brain-dominant student loves pictures, creativity, color, music, movement, rhythm, and learns through the whole picture – not bit-by-bit. This isn’t new information! But most educators are frustrated with right-brain dominant learners because they are expected to teach these kids left-brain skills. Often a clash occurs.
For academic purposes, a structured program needs to be laid out to fill in learning gaps in conjunction with training the brain to be “whole”. Don’t worry, your child receives this every session when attending a session at Harp Learning Institute. But if you want to help your right-brain dominant learner become a little more balanced, the following activities can help.
Have your child make large infinity signs in the air with each arm, being sure to cross the vertical “mid-line” of the body.
Draw a line on the floor. Have your child jump across the line on one foot, then the other while counting.
Have your child do cross crawls. This is like marching only the student places the opposite hand on the knee as the knee comes up and then repeats the process with the other knee.
Martial arts or other sports like baseball where the motion crosses the vertical mid-line (belly button) of the body can help.
Throw a ball at your child and have him/her catch it with one eye closed. Repeat with the other eye while having your child count out loud.
Have your child make large circles in the air with his/her arms in the same direction. Then have your child reverse the direction. Repeat the process several times.
There are many things you can do to help your child become a “whole” learner! But always appreciate the gifts of the right-brain learner and nurture that as well. If you take a peek at history, most of the greatest creations were done primarily with the right side of the brain – not the left.