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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Brain Based Learning - Some Practical Tips for Parents

By Andrew Loh

Many parents do not know what brain based educated is and how its wonderful principles can work for their children. Brain based education literally means that you can provide and give the best possible learning opportunities for each stages of your children’s developing brains. A number of parents believe that learning is all about achieving excellence in reading, writing and getting top scores in their classrooms. However, to learn these skills, your may need to set a predefined benchmark that your children must reach so that they can get ready to receive the necessary academic and extra-curricular skills.

The basic aspect of brain based learning is linked to the basic structure of brain and how it is connected or related to every possible domain of development, be them scholarly and artistic. You may need supply or develop suitable conditions early in the developmental stages of your children that eventually lead to a big window of opportunities.

For example, proper auditory capabilities is mandatory for an all round development of your child. If the baby is born with a defect in the ears and an inability to hear properly and if you do not treat the problem until the baby is about one year old, the growing child will still be deaf (not in the technical sense) even when he or she can actually listen! The reasons are very obvious! During the child’s infant’s stages the auditory stimulation of the ear triggers a number of important connections in the brain which eventually lead to a normal development. If these connections do not happen at the suggested age, your child’s ear cannot listen and a number of important brain activities are closed for ever.

Brain based approach is a novel method of streamlining your child’s brain and tune it for better academic and life performance. The first and most important thing that you must remember here is to provide the most necessary human touch and interaction to your infant. Your young baby needs ample physical touch and closeness from you. You may need to hold your baby very close, talk to it in murmurs and a slow voice, sing lullabies and play very gently with her fingers. Young babies need close eye and body contact and this gesture will help send important nerve signals to the brain, which eventually help brain to set up a series of critical connections. Your baby needs affection, love and warm interactions that will help her self regulate her future behavior and mannerisms.

External stimuli and triggers are brain foods to your baby. Specific touch, senses, noises and environmental stimuli can help in releasing specific and definite amounts of different hormones which eventually result in better hearing, listening and brain cell formation. For examples, stressful situations can result in the release of an excessive amount of stress hormones that may cause extra impulsiveness and fighting behavior in your child. Your child tends to learn by using his or her entire body. Pre-scholars are known to play with other children by using their entire bodies. Playing by using their bodies will help in:

  • Mastering the manipulation of objects and materials with their hands and fingers.

  • Learn how to cooperate with other children and learn team behavior.

  • Learn how to control behavior and

  • Master and streamline physical and mental skills.

Tip: Ensure that you are helping your child to channel their natural inquisitiveness or curiousness into affection for learning more about things around them.

Brian based learning or tutoring is a lifelong process of utilizing the most natural parameters of brain and its natural choices or opportunities. Apart from these important issues, you may also need to understand the following key principles of brain based education:

Social Skills:

  • Making your children learn to be at ease with themselves and like others as well.

  • Training them interact and mix with other people in an easy going and affable manner.

  • Making them learn and understand the importance of contributing their time to socially important activities.

  • Teaching your children the critical importance of communicating their emotions and feelings.

  • Helping them to be friendly with other children.

  • Train them to respect their time and how to allocate the available time for productive activities.

Occupational Skills:

  • Training children to make them understand the basic relationship between what they learn today and how they can apply what they have learned to all future endeavors.

  • Teaching specific skills and techniques that help them succeed in their life.

  • Helping them build self image, confidence and will power to get success in professional life.

  • Training your children to identify opportunities and pursue them to reach important goals.

Intellectual Skills:

  • Develop the character of self initiation and self actualization to carry out their all assigned tasks and sundry schedules.

  • Teaching the power of listening and observation.

  • Helping them to develop the skills of learning through experiences.

Emotional Skills:

  • Training your children in the art of positive thinking.

  • Making them to understand the feelings and expressions of others and respect them.

  • Help them cope and face stressful situations with courage.

  • Teaching them the character of expectancy, optimism and vision.

  • Teaching them to take responsibility for their own action and behaviors.

Brain based learning or education is a subtle mix of various parameters and attributes that gel together to make your children develop intellectual, academic, professional and personal skills. 


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