G has been attending right brain classes since he turned 1 year old. In order to complement the weekly classes, I try to do daily home practise with him. Since I did not get any official guidelines from the schools on home practice (unlike Shichida school, which conducts home practice classes for parents), I simply tried to replicate what was done in class, and fine-tuned it based on research and discussions with Shichida mothers.
Often, when I mention that I do home practice, I get the following questions from other parents: What do you do during home practice? How much time does it take?
In this post, I’ll try to give some examples of what I do with G:
1. Deep breathing exercise
I start with breathing exercises. G still doesn’t fully understand how to breathe in on command, but he knows how to blow out. He also does the actions on cue (placing his hands on his stomach, bending forward).
2. Flash cards
I have a stash of flashcards accumulated from when C was a baby. On average I flash about 30x10cards per session.
3. Dots cards
About 3 months ago, I added the dots cards to the list of activities. This is part of the Shichida 63 day maths program. I started this a little late, considering that some did the dots program when their babies were 2months old!
4. Photographic memory
I usually do 3 activities:
– flash an image for 3s. Then I get G to pick out the one he saw from 2 similar images in different colours.
– flash an image with 3 similar objects but different colours for 5 seconds e.g. a clown juggling 3 different coloured balls. Then I give him a picture without the balls. He is to place the coloured balls in the correct location.
– flash an image with 3 different objects. G needs to place the pictures in the correct order. For this I use the magnetic instant memory board.
5. Linking memory
Currently I’m doing 4 pictures instead of 40. I use either the memory board or other pictures I’ve printed.
I’ve added this activity after attending Heguru. Sometimes, I will put 2 objects in a bag and ask G to reach in and hold one (for example a red block and blue block), then ask him which one he thinks he is holding (red feels hot, blue feels cool). As he is not talking much, I have a duplicate set for him to point to.
I’ve also tried hiding objects and asking him to guess where he thinks the object will be.
I’m doing the Sawako story with G (it’s a story about a little Japanese girl called Sawako – the same story is told in 6 different languages – japanese, english, french, german, spanish, chinese)
I’ve just started introducing tracing activities to G.
I make it a point to do activities 1 to 3 everyday, and it takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Depending on the time available, I add on other activities (I try to do linking memory as often as possible).
On weekends, I spend about half an hour on right brain activities, and complete the activities mentioned above, plus sorting activities using the sorting box. G also likes working on Bambino LUK. I’m planning to add on the colour mandala practice shortly.
Do you do right brain home practice too? Do share other activities that you do with your children!