CHILDRENRecommended Books, Videos, & Websites for Children
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Here are the resources I recommend most for children.
The Way They Learn
By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
Draw out the best in your children―by understanding the way they learn. If you’re frustrated that your child isn’t learning the way you did, chances are they are too! In this practical resource, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias explains that understanding how you both learn can make all the difference.
Using expertise in education and learning styles, Tobias offers practical guidance for teaching to your child’s strengths―both at home and in school―even when his or her learning style is very different from your own. Learn more or purchase this book here.
Every Child Can Succeed
By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
This enlightening source shows parents how to utilize a “learning styles” approach to help their kids live up to their potential and find success in life. Learn more or purchase this book here.
Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning
By Barbara Meister Vitale
This mega-best seller provides 65 practical, easy-to-follow lessons to develop the much-ignored right-brain tendencies of children. These simple yet dramatically effective ideas and activities have helped thousands with learning difficulties. Includes an easy-to-administer screening checklist for parents and teachers which enables them identify individual learning preferences and determine hemisphere dominance. Learn how to utilize colors, shapes, movement, visualizations, touch and sound to help students of all ages learn to read, tell time, add, subtract, and even spell correctly. Included are engaging instructional activities that draw on the intuitive, nonverbal abilities of the right brain, a list of skills associated with each brain hemisphere, and much more. Learn more or purchase this book here.
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child
By Jeffrey Freed
In straightforward language, this book explains how to use the innovative “Learning Styles Inventory” to test for a right-brained learning style; help an ADD child master spelling—and build confidence—by committing complicated words to visual memory; tap an ADD kid’s amazing speed-reading abilities by stressing sight recognition and scanning rather than phonics; access the child’s capacity to solve math problems of increasing, often astonishing complexity—without pen or paper; capitalize on the “writing and weaning” technique to help the child turn mental images into written words; and win over teachers and principals to the right-brained approach the ADD child thrives on. For parents who have longed to help their ADD child quickly and directly, Freed and Parsons’s approach is nothing short of revolutionary. This is the first book to offer them reason for hope and a clear strategy for enabling their child to blossom. Learn more or purchase this book here.
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner
By Linda Kreger Silverman
If you teach, it is absolutely certain that some of your studentsprobably the ones you arent reachingare visual-spatial learners. Dr. Linda Silverman coined the term “visual-spatial learner” in 1981 to describe the unique gifts of people who think in images. They get the big picture because they see the world through artists eyes. They remember what they see, but forget what they hear. Theyre disorganized, cant spell and have no sense of time, but they have an infectious sense of humor, wild imaginations and can lose themselves completely in the joy of the moment. A visual-spatial learner created the computer and the Internet, the vivid displays at the Olympics, and the International Space Station. Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner is the blueprint for parenting, teaching and living with these delightfully different beings. It is also a manual for discovering and honoring your own hidden gifts. Learn more or purchase this book here.
By Alexander Golon
Looking for ways to differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of gifted visual-spatial learners? You’ve found it in Visual-Spatial Learners: Differentiation Strategies for Creating a Successful Classroom. Visual-spatial learners are students who show advanced abilities with computers, maps, construction toys, and puzzles. By incorporating visual-spatial strategies to help students learn, you can more effectively reach every student. Learn more or purchase this book here.
Picture It!: Teaching Visual-Spatial Learners
By Betty Maxwell & Afsaneh Makooi
Picture It! illuminates the abilities of visual-spatial learners and describes the challenges that they have in traditional learning environments. It provides strategies that help them use their strengths. This book is helpful for teachers, parents, and visual spatial learners themselves. The book is filled with many teaching tips in areas that include reading, writing, math, and time management. This book provides crucial information regarding teaching to the natural strengths of visual-spatial learners. Picture It, reassures teachers that they can easily create strategies that teach across the entire spectrum of learning beyond the usual focus on sequential learning and organization. Learn more or purchase this book here.
The Right Side of Normal
By Cindy Gaddis
Does your child have a highly developed imagination and spend hours doing one or more of the following: computers/video games, building/electronics, art/photography, fashion/sewing, theater/showmanship, puzzles/mazes, cooking/ gardening, or music/dance? Yet, does your child struggle with math facts, learning to read, or spelling, or is labeled with ADHD, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, gifted, or Asperger’s? Do people consider your child smart, but lazy, living below his potential, or she resists your teaching methods? You may have a right-brained learner.
Schools use a scope and sequence that favors the strengths and gifts of a left-brained dominant person. Because most of us were schooled in these left-brained dominant schools, we learned to value left-brained traits, too. If we have right-brained children, though, we’ll soon notice they do things differently. These are intelligent, creative, and inquisitive children who often seem to flounder in school. They resist or perform poorly because we are not teaching in the way they learn. We use left-brained teaching methods on a right-brained child. The good news and hope within this book is that there exists a valid and strengths-based educational approach best suited for right-brained learners, and, with it, they flourish and thrive.
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Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...