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Are you a Left, Right or whole Brain Learner?

I had an interesting conversation with another mummy today while waiting for my son in his preschool. This mummy told me that she suspect her daughter is a right brainer and she is wondering what it is all about. Coincidently, this is exactly the topic I was researching about and also the reason why Let’s Gogh Art SG was set up.

Is your child a left, right or whole brained? Try the ‘quiz’ below by Jeffrey Freed in his book “Right Brained Child in a Left Brain World”

Learning Styles Inventory for children:

  1. Is your child extremely wiggly?
  2. Does your child have difficulty with colouring or handwriting?
  3. Was your child a later walker?
  4. Is your child extremely sensitive to criticism?
  5. Does your child have allergies or asthma?
  6. Is your child good with building toys, such as Lego, Tinker Toys or Lincoln Logs?
  7. Is your child good at puzzles and mazes?
  8. If you read a book to your child two or three times, is he or she capable of filling in missing words with almost perfect recall?
  9. Is it extremely important that you child likes his or her teacher in order to do well in class?
  10. Is your child easily distracted, or does he daydream a lot?
  11. Is your child unable to consistently finish tasks?
  12. Does your child tend to act first and think later?
  13. Do you have to cut labels out of your child’s clothes? Does he only want to wear clothing that’s especially soft and well worn?
  14. Is your child overwhelmed at sporting events, loud parties, amusement parks?
  15. Does your child tend to shy away from hugs?
  16. Does your child need constant reminders to do certain things?
  17. Is your child extremely competitive and a poor loser?
  18. Does your child have a sense of humour? Does he have a better than average ability to understand or create puns?
  19. Is your child a perfectionist to the point that it gets in the way of trying new things?
  20. Can your child recall a vacation or other event from one or two year ago in vivid detail?

For adults and teenagers:

  1. Are you better at remembering faces than names?
  2. When you are presented with a toy or piece of furniture to assemble, are you likely to discard the printed directions and figure out how to build it yourself?
  3. Are you better at thinking of ideas if you’re left alone to concentrate, rather than working with a group?
  4. Do you rely mostly on pictures to remember things, as opposed to names and words?
  5. Do you have especially acute hearing?
  6. Do you cut labels out of clothes? Do you favour garments that are especially soft and well worn, finding most clothing too rough or scratchy?
  7. Do you tend to put yourself down a lot?
  8. When you are asked to spell a word, do you “see” it in your head rather than sound it out phonetically?
  9. When you are studying a subject, do you prefer to get the “big picture” as opposed to learning a lot of facts?
  10. Are you good with puzzles and mazes?
  11. Can you imagine things well in three dimensions? In other words, can you visualize a cube in your mind, rotate it, and view it from every angle without difficulty?
  12. Were you considered a late bloomer?
  13. Did you need to like your teacher to do well in his or her class?
  14. Are you easily distracted to the point that you find yourself daydreaming a lot?
  15. Are you a perfectionist to the point that it gets in the way of trying new things?
  16. Are you ultra-competitive, hating to lose more than most people do?
  17. Are you good at figuring people out? Do others tell you that you’re good at “reading” people?
  18. Is your handwriting below average or poor?
  19. Were you a late walker, or did you have other delayed motor skills as a child?
  20. When you’re in a new place, do you tend to find your way around easily?

Analysis:

0-4 YES – very left brained
5-8 YES – somewhat left brained
9-12 YES – whole brained
13-16 YES – somewhat right brained
17-20 YES – very right brained

This is not a scientific test. It gives you a general understanding of your brain dominance.

 

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What’s your child learning style?

 

Don’t panic if your son has trouble spelling or your daughter can’t sit still during class. It may be that he or she simply has a different learning style. Every child learns in a slightly different way, experts say, and figuring out your child’s learning style can help assure academic success. In some cases, it may even help do away with labels, like “attention deficit disorder (ADD)” and “learning disabled (LD).”

Learning style is a term that refers to different ways we learn, process and retain information. Have you ever wondered what’s yours and your child’s learning style?

Research shows that there are 3 types of learning styles:

Visual

As the name suggest, Visual learners learn through observation. They need to be able to see, visualise and illustrate their knowledge. For example, a visual learner will grasp a new math concept quicker by watching the teacher solve a problem on the blackboard or seeing a picture of the problem. Map mapping is particularly useful for visual learners.

Auditory

Auditory learners learn through listening to what others say and talking about what they’re learning. They prefer to have things explained orally and may have trouble with written instructions. Ever heard people talking to themselves or reciting their notes out verbally while studying? They are most probably auditory learners.

Kinesthetic/ Tactile

Kinesthetic learners learn best through hands on activities and movement. They want to actually do whatever is being talked or learned about. They tend to be more animated in their speech and like to touch things in order to learn about them. These types of learners can be misdiagnosed as ADHD or as troublemakers because the traditional visual or auditory learning styles doesn’t work for them.

So what’s yours or your child’s learning style? The key to your child’s giftedness may just lie in knowing his style to bring out the best within.

By Laurel Tan

 

Let’s Gogh Art Right Brain Art Program incorprates activities and projects of all 3 learning styles to interest your child. Children of a particular style may tend to want to spend more time on a particular activity. Instructors are trained to allow different children to ‘play’ in their dominant learning style to maximise their learning capacity.

 

 

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5 Benefits of After School Enrichment

by Let’s Gogh Art Singapore

Let’s face it, in this digitally enhanced world with tablets, iPods, Xboxes and iPhones, participationlibrarykidsnowords in after-school enrichment is a lost art…literally. Dont get me wrong, I love my electronics as much as the next artists, but I believe children need (and deserve) a healthy balance of technology AND activities that tap other parts of the brain and aid in their development. So how do children benefit from creative play and physical activities after school?

1. Creativity
There’s a myriad of activities that can get children tapping into their creativity (they are innately more creative than adults are). Some of the best choices are arts and crafts, drama, and music. Surprising to some, are sports and collecting hobbies which teach critical problem-solving skills. Creativity encourages children’s natural curiosity and is a great life-long skill.

2. Physical Exercise
Moving the body is a perfect way to teach children about the benefits of exercise while establishing another great life habit. Physical movement keeps the body mentally and physically fit, helping children stay healthy and improve learning capacity.

3. Self-Confidence
A self confident child is much better able to handle life. Social activities offered in an afterschool environment help increase self confidence through social interactions, beyond the regular circle of classmates or family members. Many of the activities offered to children help them with conflict resolution, communication, negotiation, and collaboration. All of the skills will be valuable in all phases of a children’s life.

4. Stress Relief
After school activities are a great way for kids to blow off some stream from the day, without the restrictions of a regular school day environment. Kids can decompress and either paint or run their stress away. Kids live in a pretty stressful complicated world, so if we can create opportunities and safe environments for them to get physical and mental relief, everyone will benefit.

5. Team Work
Teamwork has become more important in a child’s life. Not only in the typical team environments like sports, but in schools and even in homes where the concept of family is much more oriented toward a team philosophy. The concept of a team is based on a group of people working together to achieve a common goal. In a team, the team is put ahead of the individual. An important lesson in today’s “me” centered world. Many activities such as scouting, cheering and dancing teach children important team lessons.

To add an amazing art-venture to your afterschool enrichment program that kids and parents will love, please contact Let’s Gogh Art Singapore at: artus@letsgoghartsg.com.

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