If you have read any of the books written by Shichida or Glenn Doman, you would know that a lot of emphasis is placed on starting early childhood education as early as possible. According to Shichida, a two year old child learns faster than a three year old child, and a one year old child learns faster than a two year old. Glenn Doman and Maria Montessori talk about the first six years of a child’s life being the critical period where learning is most rapid. The right brain theory for this is because around about the sixth year of life, most children complete the transition from a right brain dominant mind to a left brain dominant mind. Unfortunately, the left brain, for all it’s logical mastery, learns slowly and in a linear fashion.
The ideology of most early childhood development programs is that if you can teach a child to learn in a fun way, you will have cultivated a love for learning as well as helped your child learn some of the necessary skills required in life, such as reading. Done correctly, this early start to education also helps a child to continue learning “easily” in later life. By giving your child right brain education from infanthood, you help him to maintain the brilliant functions of the right brain that facilitate learning, such as creativity, speed reading, and photographic recall.
The ideal is obviously to begin right brain education as early as possible. But what happens if you’ve only just discovered right brain education and your child is over six years old? Is it too late? I’m glad to report that it is not. There are right brain education programs for older children – such as the Wink Program by TweedleWink which is designed to help older children and even adults rediscover their imaginative right brain. Yumiko Tobitani, a teacher from the Shichida Academy in Japan also offers a QSR training program for adults in her book “Quantum Speed Reading“.
Although it is best to begin as early as possible, there are still benefits to be derived from giving your older child right brain education. In the book “Children can Change Through Right Brain Education”, cites a good example of a fifth grader who decided she would acquire the right brain capabilities after hearing about it. After a month of image training, she was able to develop her photographic memory. She could visualise books that she has read only once. As a result of her right brain training, she now enjoys studying and her mother has observed that she has become kinder towards other people.
How can you develop your older child’s right brain?
Shichida, Heguru and TweedleWink all offer classes for older children so you can call them up to enquire. Alternatively, if you want to start the program at home, you can review my previous posts on right brain activities for home practice and on Quantum Speed Reading which offers more examples of image training which forms the foundation for developing right brain capabilities.