Introducing Mind Mapping To Kids
Unlike children, adults like to be very thorough and analytical. Children instead would rather be artistic and creative than direct, in their words boring. For this reason, it is believed that in our early years, we are more left-brained, and as we grow into adults, we become more right-brained. When trying to commit something to memory, you can do this either in writing or in picture; either would work fine depending on prior training. But even more effective than using either would be using both.
This is where Mind Mapping comes in.
You are probably asking yourself what mind mapping is and why you need to introduce it to your kid. Keep reading, and you would find out.
What is Mind Mapping?
Mind maps are above all else diagrams. These diagrams put your thought into symbols, numbers, words, and other visual cues. It is basically representative thinking and allows for better results when properly practiced.
Benefits of considering Mind Mapping with Children
Helps to Organize and Define Goals: The first step to achieving your goals is defining them when you understand what needs to be done; it then becomes easier to do. Most parents usually tell their children what they can do or can’t do who they can or can’t be. But when you use this method, it puts the destiny of your kid in his tiny hands; he can put a pencil to paper and write down the few things he would like to achieve with parental supervision.
Also, these diagrams can help connect things that, before now, seemed unconnected. It allows your child to see the bigger picture; it takes him out of the mix and will enable him to observe properly. This method helps him to organize his affairs, and in the long run, he would be better for it.
It makes it easy to memorise information : It has been proven that for children and even some adults, it is much easier to remember things that are seen rather than told or read. This is because pictures leave a long-lasting impression. These diagrams would come in handy when he has tests and examinations to sit for. The application of this cognitive tool would see him do much better than without its application.
Allows for more productivity: Using this tool makes your child more productive with whatever tasks that are set before him. You do not need to take my word for it; the accomplishments of great men like Leonardo Da Vinci, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Albert Einstein should be more than enough to convince you to introduce this learning tool to your child.
How to Teach Kids Mind Mapping?
You understand what this concept is about and many of the exciting benefits. Now let us look at how it can be taught to your amazing kids.
1. Explain the Concept
Do not make the mistake of proceeding with the learning and teaching process without first explaining the need for it. When the purpose of anything is unknown, then abuse becomes inevitable. Take your time to explain the whole process and let your child understand and appreciate the many benefits it would be bringing to the table as best as he can. Only then can you proceed, and expect to yield positive results.
2. Suggest, not impose
It should not become a mom or dad’s project; it should be mum and or dad helping with getting better with this educative project. In the whole process, there would be many times you would not agree with his choice or decision; there would be times you would have ideas that can allow him to reach his goal easier and faster. Rather than say, ‘do it this way,’ why not suggest, why not leave the floor open and hear what he also has to say. He might have intentions you could not initially see. Rather than impose your views, suggest and let his creative juices flow freely.
There is time for talk, and that time has passed, now is the time for action. Only when he practices can he get better, and the more he practices, the more he perfects this creative process. To get started, you and your child must observe the following steps.
Step One: Have a white sheet of paper and pens of different colors ready.
Step Two: Take one of his school books or tell a story with a considerable amount of image words—I.e., words that can be easily made into pictures.
Step Three: As you read or tell the story, let him use images only to put the story down on the sheet of paper.
Step Four: To find out if he got the idea, let him tell the story back to you using only the images he has drawn. This would be after you are done telling the story, and he is done drawing the story.
Step Five: As he narrates the story, make a note of the inconsistencies and try to figure out what could have caused them. You and your child should go over the story again and help each other understand how you could have done it better.
Step Six: Repeat the steps, but this time with complex narratives and watch how he understands the story being told as depicted in the images he is drawing.
Step Seven: The final and very important step is leaving him alone to do it himself. He has to understand that you would not always be there and need to learn for himself, and himself alone.
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