It should be differentiated that brain power is not the possession of knowledge. Brain power is a measure of function and ability. The greater a child’s brain power, the more quickly and easily they learn new information. Sharper minds can process this information more rapidly and more creatively. They are also better with problem solving tasks. A child with greater brain power will have a higher potential for future success than a child that merely possesses academic knowledge.
“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. ” – Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet.
Like Sherlock Holmes, I believe that it is important to fill your child’s mind with “good furniture”. And just as he points out – the brain can only fit so much before it overflows and the rest is lost. However, I disagree with Holmes’ limited representation of the mind because I believe that we can enlarge the brain’s container to make it capable of housing more.
Just as a muscle grows larger and stronger with exercise, with brain training, the brain becomes sharper and more powerful. Brain training to a mind is akin to an upgrade of a computer with a new processor and more memory – it makes it capable of doing more, faster.
We all know the benefits of exercising to keep our bodies healthy. We also know that exercising our brains as we age helps to keep them sharp and delay the onset on brain degeneration. Similarly, children are also encouraged to exercise to keep their bodies healthy, so why not exercising their brains for brain health? Brain exercises have been shown to be beneficial for children with learning difficulties and other brain dysfunctions, therefore, we can expect that children with normal brain development can also benefit from brain exercise.
Areas of the Brain that can be developed:
- Executive Functions (focus, working memory, cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control)
- Memory and Recall (mandala, linking memory, peg memory, space memory)
- Information Processing – speed, problem solving, creative thinking, thinking skills
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