In a test heavy education system, more and more children are underachieving, feeling lost and misunderstood. Schools are focused on teaching left-brain auditory learners and our right-brain visual kids are not getting what they need to succeed. My book, Being Visual, helps parents better understand their visual tactile child and shares specifics strategies to increase their success in school.
For the last 3 weeks of summer break, our visual kids need to brush up on math facts! For most visual kids, math is not a favorite subject. As I mentioned in my book, Being Visual, our right brain kids are great with the conceptual side of math but memorizing facts and taking tests really rattles them.
What are you doing to prepare your child for this new year and the new challenges that come with it? You’re helping your child get ready for a new classroom and a new teacher, you may be wondering what else you can do to prepare him or her for a successful school year.
Whether they are beginners or just need to remind their hands how to hold onto a pencil, coloring is a great way for your visual learner to practice using those muscles required for legible handwriting. Young Rembrandts is joining the coloring craze with their own beautifully designed and drawn coloring pages.
Success as a visual thinker requires investing in yourself and believing in your value as a creative, big picture thinker. If you need a reminder of how awesome you really are, I encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to this love letter to visual learners.
The kids in our area have been out of school for three weeks now and while I’m delighted to see my grandson enjoying his summer “off,” I can’t help thinking school is going to be back sooner than we think. If you have a child that struggled with their times tables at the end of fourth grade, fifth grade is coming soon, and without practice over the summer, fifth grade is going to be even harder. What to do?
Our grandson went to first grade in a very ‘desirable’ school. Unlike some other schools in the area, they still had art, music, library and gym class. Turns out the school and the district were very test score, worksheet, drill, drill, drill focused and, it was a hard year for everyone involved. When he moved the next year, I prayed he’d get a teacher that understood him. A teacher with a heart to help him feel safe and teach him in ways he could learn. Thankfully, we got that teacher and so much more.
“We must take care that children’s early encounters with reading are painless enough, so they will cheerfully return to the experience now and forever. But if it’s repeatedly painful, we will end up creating a school-time reader instead of a lifetime reader.”
– Jim Trelease
For children, drawing is a way of seeing things, thinking about their world or sharing how they feel. For visual thinkers, drawing is like handwriting is for auditory learners. It is extremely important for them to feel comfortable with a way to express themselves.