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Right-brain learning and flashcard DVDs

Several weeks ago, I blogged about the Amazing Rainforest Animals educational DVD and how it uses the principle of flash cards for learning. Being incorporated into DVDs makes the flash-card technique an even more effective learning tool, since the DVD is a controlled environment (with consistent pronunciation, consistent flashing time, and optimal repetition frequencies).

Flashing is a tested method of teaching children new concepts, said to activate the right brain.

Right-brain Learning

The right brain’s functions include artistry, emotional intelligence, creativity, intuition and seeing the whole picture (holistic). Until recently, most schools of thought considered left-brain functions to be more important. But today, the right brain functions are recognized as equally important, though often under-utilized.

Proponents of right-brain learning “believe that during the first six years of life, the right brain is wide open and ready for educational input of all kinds. This window of opportunity can be maximized with 12 early learning techniques taught at six different stages of early childhood development. When right brain and the left brain activities are enjoyed at key times of development, children maximize their potential right from the start.”

The flashcard method is one of the ways of opening up young children’s right brain, hence their intellectual potential.

I was given two other learning DVDs to review – one from the Baby Learns Chinese Series and the other from the Sing to Learn Chinese Series. Both utilize the flash-card technique.

Though Baby Learns Chinese specifically says “baby” in the title, I believe that older children and even adults who want to learn the Mandarin language will find the DVD useful and practical. Besides, there’s no better way to start learning a language than at the beginning, with the basics. But yes, young children, as young as infants, will benefit the most from these flash card-based DVDs.

Sing To Learn Chinese Volume 1 (P749.25) includes 23 children’s songs, most of which have English counterparts (such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, 10 Little Indians, Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes).

Baby Learns Chinese volume 2, Fruits and Food (P999.75) includes basic food and fruits that are practical especially for Asians. (The fruits include durian, longgan, lychee.) After all the words and images are shown, a song to review all the words follows.

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