Friday, November 30, 2012

Visual Intelligence

I have attended a math workshop by Neuromath and it enlightened me about the importance of visual skills, processing skills, memory retention, thinking and logical skills and spatial awareness. It takes ALL THESE SKILLS for math!

The speaker related that tacking math problem, one must be equipped with the foundation skills ie.  visual skills, processing skills, memory retention, thinking and logical skills and spatial awareness. He cited that learning math is just like learning how to ride a bicycle ie. the basic skill is balancing for cycling:
At Level 1) Sit on the bicycle and push off using legs over 10m. [take your time....]
At Level 2) Try to balance a few metres with legs lifting off the ground over 10m. [still can take your time to adapt....]
At Level 3) Balancing is required at this stage, legs off the ground over 20m. [if cannot, run and push the bicycle over 20m.]
At Level 4) Balance and paddle over 20m for basic cycling. [if cannot, run and push the bicycle over 20m.]
At Level 5) Cycle steadily over 40m. [if cannot, run and push the bicycle over 40m.]
At Level 6) Cycle confidently over 50m in required timing. [if cannot, run and push the bicycle over 50m within the required timing.]

If you connect the above cycling learning situation with math learning curve, can you see that the child is putting in lots of effort at level (3) or Primary 3. And if nothing is being done, that child will suffer more and more at each level with bigger gaps!

As the speaker went on about why young children find maths harder and harder each day, I know that I am going to train Kayden with the visual skills right away. It will help him to lessen those careless mistakes and to cultivate the habit of not hastily putting in an answer.


I found these 'treasures' at Popular Bookstore and reviewed the contents.
(1) Item: Visual Intelligence by Christabel Hong
     Age: 5 and above
     Price: $5.50 (Popular Bookstores)






(2) Item: Preschool and Primary 1 IQ/ Kindergarten and Primary 1 IQ
     Age: 4 or 5 and above
     Price: $5.50 (Popular Bookstores)





(3) Item: Brain Training (from Intelligence Insight at Forum)
     Age: 3 and above
     http://www.intelligenceinsight.com.sg



Extracted: http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/content/give-our-children-key-better-learning
By ThinkersBox

The key to being a great swimmer is to have powerful strokes and good breathe control. The key to being a proficient driver is to have good directional sense and spatial judgement. The key to being a great speaker is to be able to engage the audience. The key to being successful at anything is having the right abilities for it.
So what is the KEY to better learning? To acquire the right abilities for learning, of course!
  • Strong relational thinking will provide our child the ability to connect ideas and words that they read
  • Keen visual sharpness will provide our child the ability to be observant and careful with details
  • Adequate memory capacity will provide our child the ability to store and retain what they have learned
  • Fast processing speed will provide our child the ability to grasp and understand concepts

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