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Kid's Brain Power

Steve Nadia

Our human brain is one of the most complex organs in a human body. It is separated into two distinct halves (known as the hemispheres), which are connected, by a bunch of nerve fibers that facilitates communication between them. The brain functions like a sponge or a large container, storing selective memories and facts.

 

The left-brain or left hemisphere is also referred to as the digital brain. It controls reading and writing, calculation, and logical thinking. The right-brain on the other hand, is referred to as the analog brain. It controls three-dimensional sense, creativity, and artistic senses.

Do you know?

Do you know that a child's young developing brain can soak up and retains information as fast as a sponge would in water? Do you also know that if we expose our children early to the right kind of stimulation and education, it will affect the organization and wiring of their developing brains?

Image Courtesy: http://www.ucmas.ca/our-programs/whole-brain-development/left-brain-vs-right-brain/

When a young child learns a new skill or language, the ability to use that learned skill is wired in the brain. Even if he stops using the ability and only picked it up again in the later years of his life, he can surely do much better than an adult who is just starting out in this new skill. Martha Pierson, a neurobiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, believes that children need a flood of information or a feast of knowledge. She emphasizes that early education shapes the basic architecture of the brain. “If you are exposed to enough things, you'll develop a processor that can handle the flood of data that life throws at you later."

Optimum Period for Learning

Researchers in the U.S. took a new look at the young minds by examining the glucose metabolism rates of patients ranging from newborns to adults. They noticed a child’s brain at the age of 4 is twice as active as an adult’s! The brain continues to consume glucose at this feverish pitch through age 10 and then slows down until age 16, when it levels off at adult values. “The child's brain burns much more glucose than an adult's brain”, neurologist Harold Chugani said, “because it must maintain trillions of connections between neurons, more than twice as many as are ultimately retained.” (The Riggs Institute ) This possibly means that the optimum period for learning (where information would be retained most positively) is when the brain is still developing i.e. between the times they are newborns till about 10-16 years old.

iGenius and Whole Brain Learning

Although many of us categorize our learning styles as either left-brained or right-brained, our brain is not nearly as dichotomous as we think they are. While our left and right brains have different functions, they need to work together to perform a variety of tasks such as solving a math problem or to sing a song.

Preparation for Life

Our genes provide the brain’s basic building materials and the environment and experience around our children (such as the sight, sounds, smell, touch and movement) will build on the materials. iGenius’ focus is to construct positive experiences and opportunities to enhance and build on these brain connectors (building materials), so that our children will grow to be more holistic thinkers and become more prepared to handle life that is ahead of them.

Reference:

Kid’s Brain power, Steve Nadia (The Oregonian, Technology Review, 12-15-93)(reprinted with permission from The Oregonian), The Riggs Institute http://www.riggsinst.org/brainpower.aspx