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If you’re a working parent, or if you have multiple children, it can be difficult to find the time to do all the activities from the right brain education home practice schedule. So I asked Ruiko Henmi what she believed were the most important activities to do at home with our children.
These are the Heguru Home Practice activities she recommended (in this order):
Reading to your child is one of the most important activities you can do with your child. As mentioned in 10 Rules for Developing the Right Brain, make sure you read with expression.
How many books a day? I’m afraid I didn’t get around to asking because Ruiko Henmi was already taking my questions on borrowed time. If your child enjoys it, I would say read as much as your child will permit. If you must have a guideline, there are a few I have come across:
- The Read Aloud Handbook states that you should read three books a day – one new, one old, one favourite.
- According to a mother who attends Shichida with her son, you should read five books a day.
2. Flash Cards
This is the second most important activity to do at home with your child. The general rule of thumb is:
- 100 to 150 flash cards a day.
- Never repeat the same set twice in a day.
- Split up the session if your child can’t sit still for long enough to get through all the cards in one sitting, e.g. 50 cards in the morning, 50 cards in the afternoon, 50 cards before bedtime.
- Flash each set of cards no more than 4 times.
- Read out the flash cards in your own voice rather than have a recorded voice.
- Flash as quickly as you are able without fumbling.
Although Shichida has always said that it is quantity that is important, Ruiko Henmi says that quality of your flash cards is also a factor to consider because the purpose of flash cards serves two fold:
- to activate the right brain.
- to populate the right brain with knowledge (therefore you want to make sure you are giving your child quality information that is correct).
3. Memory Activity
The memory activity that was discussed the most was linking memory, however, you can do other memory activities that your child favours. Other memory activities include activities such as space memory and mandala. With young children, start with three cards and progress from there increasing the number of cards to be memorised.