Right or Left Brain Training Conundrum - Learning Simple Techniques and Methods to Train Brain
By Andrew Loh
Do you find your right brain learner child stuck in a “left brain
learning world” scenario? Usually, right brain learners like to discuss
things rather than working on boring work and project books. They may
love active projects that demand a “hands-on” approach. In addition,
they also demand more parental time while parents also need additional
maintenance time for such children. Unfortunately, almost all curricula
that are currently followed and taught in schools are based on left
brain and they always focus on auditory and sequential issues like
writing, reciting, reproducing and rote learning. In a sense, if a child
is right brain type, then he or she may feel left out from mainstream
learning. In fact, they may even struggle a lot and hate to cope up with
the rigors of conventional learning.
Here are some characteristics that help you identify whether your children are right brained or not:
They like to involve in spontaneity and they may never like
planned daily schedules. They are change seekers and are never sedentary
in their thinking.
They like to learn by recognizing color, event,
patterns, images, stories, emotions and other symbolic languages.
They might be very bad planners.
They also need more parental involvement.
They never work in a sequential and organized manner
and they might skip doing their daily classroom chore.
If they learn, they are very quick and agile
They find math learning very boring and tedious.
They find active projects interesting than
conventional workbook learning.
There are reasons why left brain
individuals tend to perform better in classroom studies. They display a
series of telltale signs that point to a regularity in learning
behavior. Here are some of those signs that set them apart from right
They like to work on a rigid and conventional
They are very good in rote learning - repetition
is the way in which they learn.
They like to plan ahead for the next classroom day.
They are independent and like to work in a solitary manner.
They are the so-called list makers.
work on the basis of linking multiple pieces of information and later
arriving at the solution.
Workbooks and event calendar are the most
favorite issues for them
If your child is a right brain learner,
and if he or she is finding learning difficult, then you may want to
introduce necessary learning changes to allow him or her to perform
better in the left brain learning world.
Who needs right brain training schedules?
Children who are poor in memory and retention
Those who find auditory processing tedious
Children who cannot focus and attend to details
Children who find writing quite difficult
Those children who do not like going to schools
Reasons for introducing right brain training methods
The right lobe of the brain is the area where long term memory and retention
occurs. This type of memory is easily retrievable too. On the other
hand, the left side of the brain acts as tool to retain information on a
short term basis. It is also known as short term memory. The left lobe
is also responsible for transferring this memory to the right lobe where
the memory is retained for longer durations. In fact, this transfer
process is automatic and we never know when it occurs and how it
happens. In some cases, the left brain lobe may not work in an efficient
manner to transfer information to the right lobe for longer memory
retention. In simple words, the transfer process might be faulty,
inefficient or not streamlined in a proper manner. Here, we can use
right brain optimizing techniques to optimize the transfer process. Most
of the techniques used to train right lobe involve using “visual Velcro”
system that involves introduction of pictorials and images as symbolic
representation of non-conventional learning system.
Here are some of the simple techniques that you can use to train right brained children:
Spelling bee contests are
the best tools to teach spelling. Use one of these techniques to train
your children in the art of spelling. Word retrieval may become very
easy when you use this technique.
Use colorized and vibrant letters
to teach spelling. Ask your children to spell as they go through
Use cartoons as
a mean to memorize vocabulary words.
Let your children draw the
meaning of the word. For example, children may draw a picture of tree
when you ask them to write the word “tree”.
Use letter blocks to construct words and letters.
Mastering early math
Tell children about the problem in hand and teach it as a whole rather than
as parts and chunks. If possible, construct a story or theme for the
problem and highlight why learning math could be fun for children.
Use math templates that are visual in nature. Bring home plenty of such
charts to teach basic math.
Ask your children to recite math problem
while they are writing so that the recited part becomes the part of long
Phonics is best learned
with color charts. Pictures and illustrations work best for children who
find learning tedious.
Use longer words that are color and
highlighted. Let your children read a small list of such words.
Phonics is easy to learn along with sounds. Introduce lesson plans with
Mastering basic writing
Before writing, tell your children why it is important to see the whole paper
and not part of it. Let them measure the length and breadth of the paper
in their minds.
Ask them write just two or three words in the
beginning and make a sense out of it. This will enable them with a
technique that helps them to look at the problems in their holistic
Correct the worksheet and make remarks in a separate sheet
so that children will read them and understand the meaning.
reproduce smaller chunks of text from a storybook so that they become
experts in writing on a sheet of paper.
Right brain training is a vast field. Its techniques are diverse and what works for your child
may not work others. Hence, you may need to study its basics and simple
training methods. Here are some useful resources for your guidance and
Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning
By Barbara Meister Vitale
This mega-best seller provides
65 practical, easy-to-follow lessons to develop the
much-ignored right-brain tendencies of children. These
simple yet dramatically effective ideas and activities have
helped thousands with learning difficulties. Includes an
easy-to-administer screening checklist for parents and
teachers which enables them identify individual learning
preferences and determine hemisphere dominance.
Learn how to utilize colors,
shapes, movement, visualizations, touch and sound to help
students of all ages learn to read, tell time, add,
subtract, and even spell correctly. Included are engaging
instructional activities that draw on the intuitive,
nonverbal abilities of the right brain, a list of skills
associated with each brain hemisphere, and much more..
Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World: Strategies for Helping Bright, Quirky, Socially Awkward Children to Thrive at Home and at School
By Katharine Beals, Ph.D
Does your child:
intellectual abilities but seem puzzled by ordinary
interactions with other children?
Have deep, all-absorbing
interests or seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of certain
Bring home mediocre report
cards, or seem disengaged at school, despite his or her
If you answered “yes” to these
questions, this book is for you. Author Katharine Beals uses
the term “left-brain” to describe a type of child whose
talents and inclinations lean heavily toward the logical,
linear, analytical, and introverted side of the human
psyche, as opposed to the “right brain,” a term often
associated with our emotional, holistic, intuitive, and
Drawing on her research and interviews with parents and
children, Beals helps parents to discover if they are
raising a left-brain child, and she offers practical
strategies for nurturing and supporting this type of child
at school and at home. Beals also advises parents in how
best to advocate for their children in today's schools,
which can be baffled by and unsupportive of left-brain