How can a lemniscate help with learning?
A lemniscate or a lying eight is the infinity symbol. When you follow the movement of the figure you move from left to right and back but also from bottom to top. And exactly in the middle you make the intersection.
For young children, lower body/upper body and left/right movements are not yet integrated. They still function separately from each other. Legs and arms do not move synchronously yet. The movements are controlled from the brain. Different parts of the brain control different movements and those parts of the brain do not yet work together for young children. So this needs to be developed. A lemniscate can help with this. By making the figure 8 movement with the body, you stimulate different parts of the brain at the same time.
Make your brain hemispheres work together, but why is that?
Movement creates connections in your brain. Knowledge and information flow along these connections. These connections are therefore necessary in order to be able to learn. With your left brain you learn letters and with your right brain the letters form words. If there is a connection between left and right you can make words from letters and that is called reading.
Children who work daily for several weeks with the lemniscate improve motor skills, reading, spelling and arithmetic.
How can you work with a lemniscate?
You start by following the lemniscate with your arms in the air. Put two hands on top of each other and make the lying eight in the air using an example of the lemniscate. Big movement precedes small movement. You can make a lemniscate from sidewalk chalk and walk over it or follow the race track with a car. Then you can trace the figure with your fingers on paper or in sand. It is important that you use both hands, separately and together. So with one finger of your left hand and one finger of your right hand and then with both fingers at the same time. You can also let children play with a lemniscate board. Click here for an image.
When a child can draw a lying eight repeatedly on a blank sheet of paper without an example, you have made a good start in the development of learning. Repetition builds a solid foundation. You often see in children who have difficulty with reading and writing that they are not yet able to draw a lemniscate, especially in the intersection in the middle it is difficult.
Figure 8 is relaxing the eyes
At the lemniscate marble board, the marble rolls the lemniscate figure and following this with your eyes gives relaxation. When children need a break while reading or counting, this board works wonders. Repeatedly tracing the figure with a pen and then following is also fine.
Following the lemniscate with the eyes helps to improve the reading movement. Both eyes have to move from left to right, down and left to right again when reading.
When you make letters you need a sense of direction. In the lemniscate you can find the letters of the alphabet when you follow the arrows along with the center line. Click here for an example. So the lemniscate is a nice tool for learning letters as preparatory writing.
Who can help me learn how to work with the lemniscate?
Click here for a personal consult. In this practice, lemniscate and moving learning are used for children with learning disabilities. You will learn how to work with the lemniscate and whether it is most suitable for your child.
Learning through movements