10 Rules for Developing the Right Brain

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Developing the Right Brain

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

6 thoughts on “10 Rules for Developing the Right Brain

  1. Hi Shen-Li. I attended the Heguru Parents Introductory Seminar on March 6th. We were shown the videos of children in Japan who attended the right brain class doing speed reading etc. One of the audience asked Mrs Henmi if we have to do a lot of home practice to achieve that level. She answered that we do not need to do a lot of home practice and most of the students in the video do not receive a lot of home practice, except as parents we may need to do a bit of activities like reading to our children. In one of your reviews about the book “Outliers” before, you did mention about the importance of having a lot of practice in order to be very successful. Do you have any comment about this?

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    1. Yes, the seminar was very informative for me, too. When I wrote that article about outliers, I was trying to piece together an understanding of how right brain education worked based on what I have learned. Mrs Henmi talked to us about successful individuals and explained that their parents did not complete all the home practice exercises, but they did do home practice. So I think home practice is important, but don’t stress yourself because you feel you must do everything. My take out from what she said was that as long as you do what you can.

      According to outliers, practice is important for success. And I suppose for left brain dominant individuals this statement still holds true because the left brain learns through repetition (lots and lots of it). You can still be successful without right brain education. It appears that right brain education makes your child more efficient. That is why they stress the importance of having right brain education from young. If a child can learn quickly and efficiently, they can spend less time studying, and more time enjoying life. A child who spends his entire day going from school to tuition classes and does nothing else is not living life. For me, that is exactly what I would like to avoid for my children.

      The stories of those super successful individuals in right brain education was from an era before right brain education existed so it is hard to know what kind of impact right brain education would have had in their lives. However, it can be seen from the children who grew up with right brain education and have provided testimonials on how it has impacted them, right brain education has made a huge difference in their lives in terms of learning ease and efficiency.

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  2. Wow, thanks for sharing. This is good reminder for me. Sometimes I feel it is not practical for me as I tend to scold and use very negative words…Sigh….

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    1. I’ve come to the conclusion now that right brain education should be at the top of the list for early childhood development. If a choice must be made between right brain education or another activity, I will pick right brain education first. Music lessons, sports and all the other extra-curricular activities can come later. And because your child’s right brain will already be developed, those activities will come more easily so they can pick up quickly.

      Yes, I, too am negative sometimes and I get angry and scold the kids. I’ve been trying very hard not to. I guess this is why they say that parents, too, should do right brain education because it helps us learn to be more peaceful.

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