Color Used in Stimulating Visual Pathways
Colors can also play an important role in stimulating visual pathways. For example, pastel colors are more soothing and relaxing than strong bright ones. Pastels help children enter into the best state of mind for learning. Below are some examples showing what some experts call the "positive expressions of color". You may find this interesting!
Blue: Power, will, faith, protection, courage.
Yellow, Gold: Illumination, wisdom, self-knowledge and open-mindedness.
Pink, Rose: Love, compassion, beauty, selflessness, sensitivity, appreciation, comfort, creativity, charity, generosity.
White: Purity, hope, joy, self-discipline, integration, perfection, wholeness, nurturing.
Emerald Green: Truth, vision, holding the highest vision of oneself and others, healing, wholeness, abundance, clarity, constancy, focus, music, science.
Purple & Gold: Peace, selfless service, right desire, balance, harmlessness.
Violet: Freedom, mercy forgiveness, justice, diplomacy, intuition.
You may have noticed that some of these colors tie directly into the right brain functions mentioned in other posts. If you paint the room your children study in one of these colors, it can help them enter a more effective state of mind.
The colors not recommended for wide-spread use (such as our walls) are:
Reds: Hatred, terror.
Black: Human and spiritual pride.
Grays, Brown: Decay.
Lime or Muddy Green: Envy, jealousy.
Bright Orange Hues: Imperil, extreme fear.
Hot Pink: Lust.
Subconsciously, these colors can pull our energies downward into negative thought patterns and are not recommended for learning at a higher level.
Symbols and Thoughtforms Used for Stimulating Visual Pathways
Some people have found that certain symbols and thoughtforms can play an important role in helping children focus in higher states of mind. Some mothers place posters of finely cut gems or perfect geometric shapes on the walls of their children's study area. Or, they may place images such as beautiful chalices or angels - to name a couple - which are correct examples of stimulating visual pathways.
These types of imagery have a positive "thoughform" associated with them. For example, finely cut gems carry a powerful geometry that some say carries an inherently powerful "energy". Some even suggest that meditating on gems can help build strong minds or even heal the ills in the body. Another example would be if your child shows interest in music, we would suggest placing posters on their wall of finely crafted musical instruments.
Distorted Visuals Can Inhibit Proper Learning
Finally, let's discuss properly rendered vs. distorted visuals. The types of distorted imagery found in most cartoons, some movies and pictures form unrealistic imprints on the conscious and subconscious minds of babies and young children. This is because young children accept everything at face value and cannot distinguish the real from unreal of what they're seeing.
Although ugly, this picture of an emu builds an accurate memory of what a large bird looks like. In young children's education, using accurate renderings of natural objects are highly recommended to distorted inaccurate renderings.
For example: Big Bird, a huge, cute, bright yellow talking bird from the popular Sesame Street, is imprinted in the conscious and subconscious mind of babies and young children as reality because they don't consciously know the difference. Improper brain connections are created about what a bird looks like and how they communicate with us.
For this reason it's best to show only undistorted real-life imagery to children in this age group so that the proper brain connections (based on what's natural and realistic) can be formed in the early stages of the child's development.
Great Exercises Stimulating Visual Pathways of Your Baby
1. When your baby is with you in a room with the lights on, turn the lights off so the room is dark and say, "Lights off". Wait a few seconds, turn the lights on and say, "Lights on". Do the same with opening and closing a door: With your baby watching, close the door and say, "The door is closed." Then, open it and say, "The door is open." From these ideas, you can think of other similar ways to visually stimulate your child.
2. Make some accurate shapes out of magenta colored construction paper and paste them in the center of 11 x 11" white card stock. They can be geometric shapes, shapes of trees, motor vehicles, animals, cooking utensils - almost anything. (make sure they are accurate silhouettes). Write the name of what they are on the card backs. When your baby is happy and receptive, sit in front of him/her and hold the stack of cards about a foot away from the baby at eye level with the images facing him/her. Put the one from the back to the front of the stack so the baby sees it and tell him/her what it is. Put the next one from the back to the front and say what that is, etc. until about 10 cards have been shown. Stop for now and do it again later in the day with 10 different objects. If your baby shows disinterest or discomfort, stop the lesson. This only takes about 15 seconds per lesson but it's very important for your child's development.
3. You can also do the exercise above with small (undistorted) objects found around the house that you can keep handy in a box. A spoon, ball, Christmas card, pen, glasses, etc. It's endless!
4. Another exercise you can do with your baby for stimulating visual pathways is point out and name everything you can as you move throughout your immediate environment. If you're all sitting at the table for dinner, point to the chair and say, "Chair". Hold up your fork and say, "Fork," etc. If you're walking through a shopping area, try to point out and name as many things as you can. It's fun and stimulating!
5. A great way to strengthen your baby's eye muscles is standing in front of your baby and moving your face from side to side and up and down. Your baby will usually follow you with their eyes. You can also try using a fun object that draws their interest. Move it from side to side, up and down, and diagonally from upper right to lower left, lower right to upper left and so forth. This exercise helps strengthen their eye muscles. I'm sure you'll think of many more ways to visually stimulate you children in positive ways! Also, try these cards. They are designed for this same type of exercise.
The quality and quantity of visual stimulation changes the neural networks of the brain and changes the quality of output from the left brain as it develops. As your child grows, these subconscious patterns come into play and can affect their learning aptitude. The more realistic and life-like images and stimulation you can present to your child, the better they will have realistic and balanced thought patterns and outlook on life.
Follow these links for more information about sensory stimulation:
- Sensory Stimulation Effects Your Child's Learning
- Visual Stimulation in Learning
- Educating with Auditory Stimulation
- Using Tactile Stimulation for Teaching
- Olfactory Stimulation of Your Child