No, you tell me

(Why do I get the feeling I’m quoting a movie in that title?)

I’m looking for the best and most useful information on right-brained learning.  Preferably online since my library leaves a lot to be desired…but if there’s a book that’s like an angel chorus singing, tell me about it.

How do I know if I’ve got a right-brained kid?  How do I teach him?

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9 thoughts on “No, you tell me

  1. TaraChristiane says:

    The book that helped me the most was Right Brained Child in a Left Brained World by J. Freed and L. Parsons. Unicorns Are Real by B. Vitale was also helpful as was Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome (even if your child doesn’t have AS there are still a lot of helpful things there). Good luck to you!

  2. Melinda says:

    Two useful websites, regardless of whether your child is gifted or not:

    http://www.visualspatial.org/ – towards the page is a link to “Quiz for teachers” – a quite accurate questionnaire for determining if you have a right brained/v-s kid

    http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/Visual_Spatial_Learner/vsl.htm – bottom of the page has lists of characteristics

    Book: Upside down brilliance, out of print but apparently available form Australia http://www.australiangiftedsupport.com/gpage5.html

    I also second the homeschoolingcreatively group
    HTH

  3. Kelly says:

    Sarah-

    Loved ‘Right brained children in a left brained world’. It helped me/us immensely. Also, yes definitely get on the “unschooling creatively” yahoo group. Cindy has a wealth of personal experience and wisdom that she shares there. I have a lot more to tell you about this, but I’m really pooped and must go to bed. I’ll e-mail more later.

    Also, congratulations! I love my right brained son soooooo much and found out that I too am right brained as you also may be/probably are. Much of my life now makes a whole lot more sense. It is such a gift to learn about this for me and for my son. Also helps my husband—the loan left brainer (and I do mean LEFT, as in the far end of the continuum), in our family , cope with and understand us better. There is a wealth of wonderful information out there! Take care.

    warmly,
    Kelly

    P.S. Loved the hat and scarf/shawl pics. You and your knitting are beautiful—thanks for sharing.

  4. Kika says:

    Last year I used the first two links Melinda gave you above and they helped me out. If you follow those links you’ll find the name of a book the authors wrote which I read (ordered through inter-library loan) and found very useful with my right-brained daughter – really helped me understand her better. I think the book was “Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: successfully parenting your visual-spatial child,” A. Shires Golon.

  5. Amanda says:

    I’d love to hear what you discover about this! I thought I had a right-brained kid, until I read “Raising a Left-Brained Child in a Right-Brained World,” which had a completely different perspective from “Right-Brained Child in a Left-Brained Child,” as I’m sure you can imagine.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hey Sarah! As folks have mentioned, I have a lot of resources on my blog about right-brained learners…I have tried to compile a lot of what I have found in one place.

    http://www.throwingmarshmallows.com/right-brained-faq/

    The biggest thing it understand is that right brained kids think in pictures, not words. They are global, whole-to-part learners (not sequential part-to-whole). Reading often normally comes later (btw 8-10) and writing later as well (closer to 10-12). They are incredibly creative and big picture thinkers…they often intuit how things work and tend to not be good at “showing their work”.

    You might be like reading Cindy’s collaborative learning process…it talks about normal right brained development and how she worked with her kids at different ages. I find it a bit different than unschooling (though still fairly relaxed).

    http://applestars.homeschooljournal.net/the-collaborative-learning-process/

    Hope that this helps!

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