When a child is born their brains are a blank slate that develop by experiencing the world around them. This is the time of greatest development and it is centered around play which is physical movement.
They rely on vision, first and foremost, followed by sound and language. These sensory inputs form the basis of their brain function for the rest of their lives.
Thinking visually is the fastest way to think and conveys the greatest amount of information. As the brain develops, areas begin to specialize. The ability of a child’s brain to quickly and efficiently communicate between these specialized areas is crucial to a healthy, happy and smart brain.
A diverse environment forcing a child to use a variety of skills that promote communication within the brain should be encouraged by parents.
Now more than ever, it is important to focus on developing brain processing capacity and speed. Education used to be about remembering facts and figures, but with the internet, information is easily available, making memory less important.
Parents and educators should emphasize the efficiency of the brain’s inner workings which begin with communication.
Brain processing is the capacity to hold and manipulate a multiple elements/variables in our mind, quickly.
Speed is an important aspect. It allows for more options to be considered in less time. Self awareness is also important and not just about our bodies or moods, but about our cognitive processes such as how we control our attention.
Humans are competitive by nature. To succeed we will figure out what traits or skills are valued above others and brain processing is at the top.
Thinking fast on your feet and better decision making, have always been important, but they will become even more important in the future. Sports require these skills and so to will other areas of life.
The key to developing these areas is to combine vision, movement with other forms of cognitive load all done together at speed. The exercises must force a person to manage their attention systems and treat the exercise as a whole rather than a set of sequential tasks.
This leads to divided attention and parallel mental processing. Sports, games, and complex play can do this and should be encouraged. Parents should evaluate every activity from the viewpoint of how it challenges vision, movement, strategy/calculation and speed.
With these skills in mind, we developed the Qball to provide a quick, cost effective training tool to train all these elements on a daily basis. It is easy to use, but challenging to master. It provides a fast, effective set of tasks people can do everyday to improve inter-brain communication and enhanced brain processing skills.
We begin with vision and movement. Asking players to bounce 2 Qballs off the ground to waist height alternating hands. Going as fast as they can we then add more tasks, such as head and body movements to change the eyes point of reference. It creates better body awareness and helps to keep the mind oriented in space.
Next, we add thinking skills such as counting the bounces either up from 0 or down from 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, etc. We ask people to sing which forces counting to be visualized as opposed to sounded out.
This layers an imagination exercise on top of a physical visual exercise all done at once and to the speed of the bounces. Going fast keeps the challenge at the best of a person’s ability even as they improve.
To make it fun, we ask that students compete with each other to see how many bounces they can do in a minute.
We created head to head math games where 2 students bounce a single Qball and either add, or multiply the first 2 numbers that come up on top. First to shout out the correct number gets a point. First to 5 wins.
They love the games and it teaches them math at the same time. The games available using the Qball are endless.
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