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Midbrain-Activation Tips, Issue #041
November 01, 2014
MIDBRAIN ACTIVATION Nov. 02 -2014
Quote of the Week
"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."
-- Leo Buscaglia
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* PERIPHERAL VISION EXPANSION: Developing Your Child's "Outside Vision"What is peripheral vision, and why is it important in Right Brain Education?
PERIPHERAL VISION Copyright (c) 1998, 2013 Right Brain Kids, LLC.
Peripheral vision is an important part of our Wink Eye Exercise program. While basic eye exercises increase visual scanning speed, peripheral vision activities increase the amount of data retrieved while scanning.
We believe that children have three primary modes of intake:
(1) Direct -- Information a child sees consciously, with direct focus = conscious
(2) Peripheral -- Information that a child scans quickly within his field of vision = subconscious
(3) Spherical -- Frequency-based information that is absorbed via some type of intuitive intake = superconscious
The more we maximize input through these avenues, the more connections we're able to build in the mind of a child.
What would you do if you could see more? What would you do with all the extra information? Peripheral vision expansion allows you to increase the breadth of focus of what you see every moment. In addition to putting peripheral objects in focus, these exercises actually have the potential to enlarge your whole field of vision.
EXPAND YOUR VISIONHere's a fun way to increase clarity in your peripheral vision.
--- Peripheral Vision Game: "KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE?" ---
You will need:
- A set of items:
Choose five or six toys or everyday items you may have around the house -- such as a wooden spoon, a cotton ball, a candle, a cup, a slipper, a glove... whatever is handy!
1. Explain that you are going to play "Knock, Knock. Who's There?" You'll be hiding an object behind his back, slowly bringing it into his view path. As soon as he can see what it is, he can shout it out and hold the item as a reward.
2. Have your child look straight ahead at a central focus point. (You can encourage him to look at a spot on the wall, or affix a temporary sticker, or post it note shape, straight ahead.)
3. Stand behind him with your first object, such as a toy stuffed lion.
4. Have your child say, "Knock, Knock!"
5. Say, "Who's there?" while slowly bringing the object out from behind him, around to the right side.
6. As soon as he can see the object, have him say what it is! Give him the object to hold in his lap.
7. Continue with another object, only this time on the left side.
8. Continue with the rest of the objects, alternating from right to left.
While peripheral vision activities WIDEN the field of vision, constant use of computers and tablets and small game screens NARROW it down considerably.
SPHERICAL VISION: SEEING WITH YOUR RIGHT BRAINSometimes when playing "Knock, knock. Who's there?" a child will identify the object while it is still behind his back! We've seen it in the classroom again and again, particularly with the youngest age groups.
How is this possible?
When children "see" objects without the use of sight, we call it "right brain seeing." This is a natural, and common occurrence using the right brain's ability to recognize energy frequencies and the magnetic fields around every living and nonliving object.
Infants are especially good at this.
--- Story: MATH SPOTS ---
In our busy household, we try to make the most of every learning opportunity. So one day while our baby was in the bath with his older brother (then four years old), we flashed some math flashcards. The cards had blue dots on them to represent number quantities --
"4" had four dots, "5" had five dots, etc.
Meanwhile, our four-year-old son was busy pouring water from one cup to another, totally engrossed with his play, not paying any attention to our flashcards fun.
I held up two cards and asked Baby, "Which one is three?"
He looked at the "3" card. I said, "Yes! That's right."
I held the next card in my hand, but before I could bring it forward, our older son called out, "15!" without looking up from his play.
I looked down.
Indeed, the card I held was "15" -- that is, it had fifteen dots on it.
This understanding helps us to relax when presenting flashcards and bits of information. We know that we can simply show the flashcards, play the classical music or foreign languages, and that the child's impressionable mind will soak it up.
We hope you enjoy your right brain lessons with your child!
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