by Brad C. Davis, Mercury Learning Systems LLC
One of the best ways to train children for speed reading is to use visual memory eye-tracking exercises that strengthen the eye muscles while helping to activate accelerated brain functions such as imaging and mass memory acquisition. These functions are what true speed readers utilize.
On any given day at one of Makoto Shichida's Child Academies, you'll find young children flipping through books at high speed then taking tests on the book's subject matter. Often, these children receive test scores approaching 95%. Test scores like this from just flipping through a book is impressive. How are they able to do it?
Through his independent research, Stephen Christman, a psychologist at the University of Toledo, Ohio, has shown that certain eye movements improve recall memory. His research concluded that leftward eye movements activate right brain functions and rightward movements activate left brain functions.
"I can copy a page into my head if I look at it for an instant. Then I read it in my head even though the book is closed."
– Mihara, a 7-year-old student of the Shichida Child Academy
The Secrets Behind Learning to Speed Read
Exercises and games that stimulate and activate visual imaging and mass memory acquisition create strong connections between the right brain and the left brain's conscious recall function. In short, true speed reading is your child's ability to store the "image" of pages or blocks of text through the right brain mind, and then recall the information from those pages through the conscious left brain.
Strengthening Your Child's Eye Muscles
When your children play the unique games and eye-tracking exercises in games such as Follow That Dot, they help strengthen the eye muscles for widening the field of vision. This can lead to faster visual imaging capacity. These games can also form strong connections between subconscious right brain functions and conscious left brain functions, which assist the child's ability to store larger blocks of text at a time which can lead to speed reading abilities.
High-speed imaging is a right brain function most young children are able to develop very easily. In fact, everything children see is instantly stored in there subconscious right brain mind. The problem is, most children aren't trained to bring those image memories out to their conscious left brain mind at will because they haven't stimulated and developed the right/left brain connections which enable it.
The games in Follow That Dot (pictures shown here of game screens above) help to strengthen your child's imaging abilities and memory recall. Some of the exercises that are part of this product can even help children type faster and do other school lessons better due to the residual effects of enhanced brain stimulation.
Follow That Dot Visual Memory and Eye-tracking Games (young girl playing at right) are addicting and fun to play. They not only help with eye tracking, but they also help children develop powerful whole brain functions. They're so fun that the whole family will enjoy playing the games together and you'll all be developing your photographic visual memory together!
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