What is Brain Balancing?
By Andrew Loh
Learning in children is a combination of several important parameters
and factors. Every child is unique and special, and all children have
their own unique ways of learning and mastering their learning. Some
children are naturally endowed with a superior brain function that
allows them to learn at a faster pace. On the other hand, others may not
be so lucky to possess such an innate ability to learn at an optimum
level. However, one thing is certain - almost children are endowed with
an ability to refine their brain skills to learn at the optimum best.
Experts suggest us that learning among children depends on how well they
use their brain especially the left and right lobes. When they learn how
to use both lobes, they can enhance their earning potential by a degree
or more. In other words, they may need to learn how to balance their
brain functions so that they can receive maximum amounts of information,
absorb, index and organize them for easier learning. Balancing the brain
is perhaps the most useful technique that children could use to enhance
Before learning more about brain balancing, we may
also need know about a unique concept called left and right brain
learning. Some children have a stronger left brain while others possess
a strong right brain. Child experts believe that most left brained
children are more likely to be analytical in their approach while almost
right brained children are creative. However, one-sided learning may not
make up a whole-brain child. In fact, learning by using one lobe may be
counter-productive to children. Hence, the main focus is to use both
lobes of brain to help children optimize learning. In a way, children
may need to balance their brain functions to put both lobes to maximum use.
The concept of right and left brain learning was suggested by a
former Nobel laureate, Roger Wolcott Sperry, who elaborated that both
brain lobes are different and they help children in certain types of
What is brain balancing?
To ensure optimum and
productive learning, both brain lobes should work in combination and in
a seamless manner. When two lobes of brain work together, children will
get many benefits like:
Better digestion and immune functions
Enhanced intellectual abilities
Better motor skills
Superior digestive and hormone systems
Before balancing brain,
parents may need to identify in which lobe they are stronger. Those
children who are weaker in their left brain tend to be very poor in
linguistic skills while those are weak in their right side tend to be
poor in motor skills. Balancing brain functions also means introducing
activities that help both sides and to complement one skill with the
other. Balancing brain function also means replacing weaker functions of
the brain with stronger ones that eventually helps in boosting
acquisition of important skills.
This series of articles will
provide useful tips and suggestions to learn how to balance brain
functions so that your children will become more effective and
productive in their academics. Follow
these procedures to activate right brain cells:
Tip: You will need to help
children to activate a specific lobe of brain to activate learning
potential. For example, try activating left lobe of brain by introducing
activities that actually help this lobe and vice versa.
Enroll children to a painting or drawing class
Drawing and painting are two
artistic activities that might activate expressive and creative side of
the brain. In addition, they also help promote other skills like
identifying color and shades, make out images, develop intuition and
boost emotional stability. Drawing and painting activities may also help
children streamline their visual and imagination powers.
Take children to visit an art gallery or museum
If you want your children to fine tune their right brain activities, a visit to a nearby
art gallery or museum is a nice idea. An art gallery is a place where
children can find amazing work of art and painting. A painter has a
third eye that looks at colorful side of life. Imagination and
visualization are two positive traits for anyone to develop and master.
Art objects provide an opportunity to develop the skill of pattern
making, shape identification and color/shade forming.
Enroll children to learn dancing and singing
Music and dance engage
child brain to boost and build new neural pathways that are related to
abstract thinking, empathy and math skills. The continuous melodic and
rhythmic patterns emitted by musical notes and dance systems also help
develop working memory skills. In addition, music will also help
listening power apart from streamline imagination.
Teach children telling stories and act in drams and skits
Stories help children develop many linguistic skills apart from developing
communication and grammar skills. Communication skills are the most
important skills because without proper skills, children will not be
able to succeed in professional life.
Teach how to show empathy to others
People need someone to show empathy to them and not
sympathy. Empathy is far better than showing sympathy. This trait can
build mutual trust and affection between two persons. When children
learn to show empathy towards their peers, they will be building future
with their positive attitude.
brain balancing tips will continue in the next article....