Why teaching your child multisensory simultaneous helps her/his brain to function at its best!

In all activities both sides of the brain are used to a greater or lesser extent.

However some people use one side of the brain more than the other side of the brain.

Brain Facts:

  • The emotional and long-term memory part of our brain is called the Limbic System.
  • The brain is divided into left and right hemispheres; it’s called the Neo Cortex.

The logical left hemisphere helps us with;

  • numbers
  • reading
  • writing
  • logic language
  • sequencing
  • fine detail

The creative right hemisphere helps us to;

  • visualise
  • see, recognise and appreciate  images and pictures
  • see, recognise and appreciate  art and design
  • appreciate music
  • to see patterns

The aim is to connect the hemispheres, although the two sides operate in different ways.

We can retrieve information easily, if we can learn in variety of ways. The best way to learn and remember things well is when we can use our emotions while we learn something new.

Children as well as adults use a combination of learning styles.

What are Learning Styles?

Most prefer to learn using only one or two of these ways. If we can learn to use both sides of the neo cortex (whole brain learning).By using different learning styles, learning will improve. Everyone has a preferred learning style.

  • Visual learners like to see pictures, moving images, colour and diagrams.
  • Auditory learners like to hear voices and sounds.
  • Kinaesthetic learners like use touch to learn, they move around and to do things practically.Image

What about concentration?

The concentration span is higher at the beginning of a lesson, children lose concentration after some time, and they may misbehave and stop learning. Especially for young children it is hard to sit still and listen for a long period of time.Image

Baking numbers and letters is one way how I teach my little one multisensory simultaneous –  with lots of fun.  Here is what you need for up to 40 cookies;

Vegan Maple Oat Cookies

110g margarine

125g sugar

3-4 table spoons Maple Syrup

2 table spoons sparking water

200g self-rising flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Pinch of salt

100g porridge oats

1. Preheat oven to 180’C/350’F/gas4.

2. Cover a couple of large baking trays with baking paper.

3. Mix the margarine and sugar together in a mixing bowl until creamy.

4. Add the Maple Syrup, flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.Image

5. Now add the sparkling water and the oats.

6. Knead the dough until it is nice and firm.

7. Dust your hands, rolling pin and your work surface.

8. Roll out the dough until it’s about ½ cm thick.

9. Use Number or Letter Cutters to make shapes and transfer them to the trays.Image

10. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy!!!

Naomi xxx

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3 thoughts on “Why teaching your child multisensory simultaneous helps her/his brain to function at its best!

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