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This is an article I got last time, which I still keep and treasure a lot. It’s some guides given to parents from Shichida Methods:

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I like the second one the most: Don’t look at the present form of your children as the completed form. Look at it as being in process.

And sigh,.. I still have a long way to work on the second one: Don’t be a  perfectionist. Do forgive me girls, Mummy is still trying to change.

Sometimes, when I think back, attending Shichida classes with my children was actually a good lesson for me, a parent too.

One thing is to learn not to compare. Imagine, 6 pairs of children and parents, sitting in the same room, performing some tasks requested by the Sensei. Now, it really tests you  NOT TO COMPARE your child with the child sitting beside you, and keep focusing on giving your child the POSITIVE support. Don’t get upset or emotionally affected when your child cannot complete the task like other kids, or cannot behave well like other kids. It’s not easy, really, especially when they are below 5 years old, still prone to show tantrum out of the blue..

Was doing housekeeping and found this old booklet from Heguru. There is this very useful article: 8 Points to Bring Out the Best in Your Children

1. Raise a child by developing his/her strength.

“Instead of focusing on the weak subjects or weak areas of a child, we work on the strengths of the child. From here, we are able to channel this new found confidence as energy to handle the weak subject and weak area.”

“Parents need to praise and enhance their child’s strengths first, then improve his/her weaknesses.”

2. Raise a child based on the individuality of the Child, not by comparison to other child.

“Even if we, as parents disallow our children to do everything he/she likes, it is firstly important to understand a child’s individuality and feelings.”

“When a child challenges an idea or teaching, do not compare him/her with anyone else. Recognize his/her individuality and “trust” the possibilities.”

3. Do not be caught in the dilemma of T-score education and academic snobbism education.

.. mm.. this is a tough one, I also hope for “an education that allows a child to live the life of a child”.

4. Nurture your children by adding points instead of deducting points.

“develop the child’s positive  thinking and image”, “enhance the child’s ability of cultivating positive phrases such as, “I believe I can do it”.

5. Nurture your children by observing the “Kindness” within them, rather than the disguised behaviorism.

6. Bringing up a child by understanding the various growth process.

I personally like this one a lot. “The most troublesome time of growth for children is during the ‘rebellious period’. Generally, it happens at ages of 3, 8 and 14. This is a period which both  children and parents would very much like to avoid. But also, it is during this difficult period that the children grow significantly.”

“One of the appropriate ways of coping with the rebellious period is to encourage “open communication”and “handle each situation with humor”.

“Besides the ‘rebellious period’, children will also experience the ‘obedience period‘.” “It is important to build character during this period. Instead, most parents pamper their children during this period. As the children are cute and they love to smile, parents are rarely strict with them. This results in bringing up children who do not listen to instructions.”

7. The impressions and expectations parents and teachers have on their children will influence their results and performance.

“Parents are an essential part of their children’s life. The image  children have of their parents will definitely become the ‘self-image’ of these children.”

8. Respect and recognize the existence of the children.

“We are adults, have similar needs as them, such as a strong feeling of ‘wanting to be loved’, and ‘wanting to be recognized’.”

This is a good site with input from parents who have sent their children to Abacus & Mental Arithmetic class in China.

http://baby.sina.com.cn/edu/2006-04-14/104516717.shtml

Pros:

Some kids really improve and gain confident in Maths. They can solve the mathematics problem faster by half the time compare to their classmates in school. Some even said good improvement in focus, response, memory, right-brain training, …

Cons:

Some kids find the program dull and stressful. And some even become more confused and cannot even get 3+5 without using the hands.

I think quite a good info gathered there.

 

 

Some more BM picture flash cards: (please click the link to download).

It’s in A4 size, to be printed double sided and cut according to the blue line.

BM Picture Flash Cards example 10 (A4)

Some more BM picture flash cards: (please click the link to download).
It’s in A4 size, to be printed double sided and cut according to the blue line.

BM Picture Flash Cards example 9 (A4)

Some more BM picture flash cards: (please click the link to download).

It’s in A4 size, to be printed double sided and cut according to the blue line.

BM Picture Flash Cards example 8 (A4)

Some more BM picture flash cards: (please click the link to download).

It’s in A4 size, to be printed double sided and cut according to the blue line.

BM Picture Flash Cards example 7 (A4)


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