To ensure that connections are created in the brain throughout a child’s life, brain training is extremely essential and should be habitual. It sharpens cognitive skills, keeping the brain in action even when they’re not typically ‘learning’, i.e. in school.
Here are some quick brain training tips to maintain a child-like, absorbent brain for anyone; children and adults alike:
Exercise has been deemed beneficial for centuries, but all these advantages have always been about good health, good shape and longevity. What people overlook is this: physical exercise sharpens cognition and helps in brain training. Not only does it allow better blood and oxygen circulation to the brain, but it also improves coordination, reflexes and immunity against brain disease. Some suggestions include dance classes, a daily 10-minute jog or even allowing children to run free in a playground. A sedentary child displays signs of slower reflexes and bad coordination.
Many parents view learning to only be done in a classroom setting. They could never be more wrong. Children learn best in happy, relaxed environments which promote brain training. Children who grow up to love reading usually have good memories associated with reading. For example, a child who spends time with his or her parent reading storybooks before bedtime will see reading as an enjoyable activity. This enables them to learn to love reading as they grow up, and much of their knowledge will be gained from books. Besides reading, children’s TV programmes should be closely monitored. Ensure that your children watch educational, informative TV shows, and you’ll never be able to believe how much a child can learn.
The importance of a good diet for children cannot be stressed enough. Clearly, nutritious food is essential for physical growth and immunity strengthening. However, we forget that this food affects how the brain develops. Besides, a well-known fact that children need at least 8 hours of sleep is not enforced enough in families. Accumulated sleep depravity will discourage the child from learning as they will not be able to concentrate and absorb information.
Yes, parents, you heard us right! Games are an essential part of learning and brain training, be it a board game, a sport, a video game or a card game. Games teach children to learn to handle losing, which actually benefits them far greater than you think. Games teach them to think ahead of their competitors. Sports and video games encourage fast reflexes and full concentration. Additionally, games are a great way for child and parent to bond, and there is no greater impact made in a child’s learning journey than to learn with his or her parent.