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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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The Perfect Spa Getaway

Imagine yourself luxuriating in this hot tub – enjoying the wonderful view right outside your window while sipping some cool concoction… Lay your head back, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax. This is the life.

Only, you’re not in some faraway, exotic ( read: expensive! ) island paradise. You’re right in the comfort of your own home spa!

Thanks to fuss-free spa accessories from SpaScenes, you don’t have to spend a fortune to escape to your dream spa getaway. SpaScenes are high-quality water-proof vinyl murals that are installed on the underside of spa covers. Installing SpaScenes is easy, there is no need for special tools. They come in two sizes – panoramic (for spas up to 92″ wide), and full view (for spas up to 95″ wide) – and several beautiful scenes to choose from.

Who would have thought it would take just a few hundred dollars to complete the look of your home spa?

(Well, you might as well invest in a good-quality door lock or a few pairs of ear plugs to make sure the kids don’t ruin your precious hours of relaxation. 😉 )

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Yes, you read it right!

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For the love of coffee

I just recently came from Baguio for a short less-than-3-days summer’s-end hurrah. (More on that in a later post.)

My mom (who is always ever into network marketing!) gave me a box of instant coffee that’s supposed to be healthy. It contains the ganoderma mushroom, which has a wide array of benefits, as mom said to convince me. Dubbed as the Miraculous King of Herbs by ancient Chinese medicine, the benefits of ganoderma mushroom vary from longevity to skin whitening. (There is even a gano-toothpaste. I got one tube. hehe)

I don’t really fall easily for all that talk. But hey, the coffee does give me the kick-start I need every morning. And it tastes good too (a bit more bitter than regular instant coffee). So, until I get one of those espresso machines, I will probably be buying my coffee from mom. 😛