How to Use Mind Map to Develop Children’s Brain?Cindy
How can parents develop their children’s logical thinking ability? Choose a piece of easy-to-use mind mapping software for your children. Give them the chance to outline all their school work, personal projects and other ideas in a visual mapping.
Why Mind Mapping Helps Develop Children’s Logical Thinking Ability？
All parents hope their children to be Einstein and good at thinking and expressing. Mind mapping is a great aid to develop their brain and excavate their logical thinking ability. As the Chinese proverb goes, “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” Young children know a few things about complete writing or sentences. They need to learn with a simple system with more fun – presenting thing around them with images, colors, and sounds which can stimulate their interest in learning.
Drawing a mind map is to express logic in the form of a diagram. The following is a shopping list a child drew with his mom before going to the supermarket:
How to Teach Children Mind Mapping
Before teaching children to mind mapping, parents must learn mind mapping to lead their children in the right direction. After theory learning, parents need to create mind maps to draw their children’s attention, story maps can be a good choice. When playing with your children, use mind maps as memory techniques, reading methods, aids to summarize ideas and presentation tools. Give your children the idea that they are mastering information and learning is fun.
Step 1: Set the Central Topic
Vivid ideas flash across children’s mind very often. These ideas are sometimes ridiculous and children may not able to tell the value and meaning of them. It doesn’t matter! Encourage them to write or draw the ideas on the center of a piece of paper or canvas. Let them know that thinking is of good quality.
Step 2: Encourage Divergent Thinking
When children go to school, parents should encourage them to preview and review their class using mind maps. Like I’ve mentioned above, storytelling is a good source that provides children’s mind map with materials. Almost all children love fairy tales and anecdotes of peers. Let your child tell a story from the idea he draws before. Children are really good storytellers because they won’t limit their mind in frames.
Step 3: Use Images, Symbols and Notes
Children would use lots of descriptive and image expressions, such as “There is a pink castle on a cloud”. Give them lots of colors and ask them to draw a picture of things they’ve told. Symbols are widely used in mind maps, so it’s necessary to teach your children symbols to represent certain information and write notes for reference. If you are using mind map software, you can teach your children to make full use of vector clip arts.
Step 4: Plan Map Layout
When the information is done, guide your child to connect the points and drawings with lines in a radiant structure. Make full use of lines to plan an attractive layout and add elements such as comments, time and date to make the map fulfilled. The following mind map of students weekly plan is made with Edraw MindMaster：
A mind map is to “draw” down children’s ideas, transferring the tedious information into colorful, easy-to-remember and highly-organized graphic. Children are born painters and have unique talents in using lines, colors, and space. When kids grow older, mind maps are also useful for language learning and decision making. Develop their brain thinking and start from mind mapping!