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The Whole Brain Child

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Stefanie Graper

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of The Whole Brain Child

The Whole
Brain Child

Parenting with the Brain in Mind
Integrating the Left and the Right
Integrating the upstairs and downstairs brain
2 Brains are Better than 1
Building the Staircase of the Mind
Strategy #1 - Connect and Redirect: Surfing Emotional Waves
When your child is upset, connect first emotionally, right brain to right brain. Then, once she is more in control and more receptive, bring in the left brain lessons and discipline
Strategy #2
Name it to Tame it
Telling Stories to Calm Big Emotions
When big, right-brain emotions are raging out of control, help your child tell the story about what's upsetting him. In doing so, he'll use his left brain to make sense of his experience and feel more in control.
Whole Brain Strategy #3
Engage, Don't Enrage

Appealing to the Upstairs Brain
In high-stress situations, engage your child's upstairs brain by asking her to consider and plan and choose, rather than triggering her downstairs brain, which is less about thinking and more about reacting.
How Montessori supports
Engage, Don't Enrage

* children are given opportunities for problem solving
* teachers help children calmly work through the issue
* each child has a chance to have her voice heard
* in the classroom children have opportunities to make decisions for themselves (within limits)
How Montessori Supports 'Name it to Tame it'
* offers opportunities in the classroom for real life real life problem solving, negotiation, and being accountable for actions
* teachers are 'guides' to help navigate emotions
* working with the Montessori materials gives our children successes that translates into confidence to deal with any situation
* grace and courtesy lessons

How Montessori supports 'Connect & Redirect'
Whole Brain Strategy #4 - Use it or Lose it
Exercising the Upstairs Brain
Provide lots of opportunities to exercise the upstairs brain so it can be strong and integrated with the downstairs brain and the body
How Montessori Supports 'Use it or Lose it'
* teacher doesn't give answer - children allowed to discover solution for themselves
* control of error
Whole Brain Strategy #5 - Move It or Lose It
Moving the body to avoid losing the mind
A powerful way to help a child regain upstairs-downstairs balance is to have him move his body
How Montessori supports 'Move it or Lose it'
* vocabulary lessons about names of feelings
* grace and courtesy lessons to learn how to navigate any social situation with confidence
* non verbal cues
* real life peer interactions give children an opportunity to learn how to work problems out - not have someone tell them what to do
* group activities are kept to a minimum

* children have freedom of movement (within limits)
* environment is built around movement
* 'The hand feeds the mind' - materials engage the child in meaningful movement
What kind of adult do you want your child to become?
‘Montessori education is a brain-based, developmental method that allows children to make creative choices. It is hands-on learning, self expression, and collaborative play in a beautifully crafted environment of respect, peace, and joy. It is also about brain development. A skillful Montessori teacher knows what stage a child is at in his or her brain development and they are meeting it, and they are feeding it. The Montessori Method is like education designed by a gifted pediatric developmental neuropsychologist’
-Dr Stephen Hughes, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
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