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.
- 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;
- logic language
- fine detail
The creative right hemisphere helps us to;
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
10. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
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