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HELPFUL TIPS…. Right Brain learners typically have these characteristics:
*Left Brain learners need structured curriculum with structured routine for their school day.
*Right Brain learners need flexibility for their school day and colorful eclectic curriculum.
LEFT BRAIN DOMINANT: 53% of the population are left brain learners. 85% of public schools teach to the left brain student. Most left brain learners are right handed and very orderly in function. They learn easy by reading directions and tend to be strong students.
A left brain learner loves structure to their day. They are systematic, need routine, and can be a perfectionist. They appreciate folders for organization, charts, syllabus, and written directions.
Homeschooling Approach: When instructing a left brain learner, you will need books. They learn best through reading and quiet surroundings. They appreciate audio to reinforce their reading, but can be independent without all the ‘extras’.
The best curriculum for these types of learners are boxed curriculum or visual print material. Some suggestions would be ABeka, Bob Jones, Teaching Textbooks, Excellence in Writing, Saxon Math, etc.
Helpful Hints… If you were to teach a unit study with lots of manipulatives to the left brain learner, you might find a student bored and frustrated.
RIGHT BRAIN DOMINANT: Back in school we learn that the RIGHT side of the brain controls the left side of the body. It can also become the dominant side of the brain you use in learning. If so, chances are that you are left handed and very creative in your thinking.
The right brain learner learns best through movement and touching. It’s in their biological make-up. They are creative and imaginative; have great memorization skill; and learns best through spontaneous activities.
Homeschooling Approach: These type of learners need colorful curriculum that is not structured. Eclectic and Kinethetic in teaching approach: Anything that colorful, bright, and interactive. HANDS ON – Need more visual and auditory stimulation. More touching and doing… Such curriculum can be Compass Learning computer programs, Books on CD, Sonlight Literature, Math U See, and all interactive Unit Studies (Weaver, etc).
Helpful Hints… If you were to teach a subject with lots of note taking and book work to a right brain learner, you might find a student fidgety and frustrated.
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