Resources and Curriculum for Educating the Right-Brained Learner

–by: Delana H Stewart,

[Note: You may also be interested in the article on visual-spatial learners: or the article on internet/online learning]

 Many people with ADD, dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, or Autism are right-brained learners (though a person can be a right-brained learner and not be diagnosed with one of these). Is your child a right-brained learner? If you’re not sure, you might want to click here and see.


Why are there more right-brained, visual learners in today’s generation?Asian girl eye, eye photo, eye on warrior

–short attention-span culture;

–massive exposure to visual information, especially TV, Videos, Video Games, and Computer

The way right-brained, visual learners learn:

“They visualize images in their brain and can have long term memory of these images. They don’t usually perform well on sequential, or linear tasks (such as following multi-step instructions or long division problems). They learn information in chunks, in a holistic way. They learn much better by demonstration than by explanation. And they are naturally creative problem solvers.”

Please note: This is a compilation of suggestions gleaned from multiple sources. A red ! means I have personally read or used this item. A green ! means one or more of my friends has personally recommended it.


– Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your Add Child by Jeffrey Freed ! (link fixed 3/26/13)

The Way They Learn (Tobias) — overview to learning types !
Every Child Can Succeed (Tobias) — learning environment strategies (gr. 6-12) !

Link fixed 3/25/13:Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning (Creative Parenting/Creative Teaching Series) by Barbara Meister Vitale — specific diagnostic tests and learning strategies (gr. K-4)

How to Get Your Child Off Refrigerator and onto Learning(Barnier) — specific tips for very active, kinetic, challenged learning styles (gr. K-5)

How To Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner by Linda Kreger Silverman — visual-spatial and auditory-sequential learner descriptions, tips, helps (see–

100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child’s Learning Style (Duffy) !




Math-U-See !
Moving With Math

–Video Text Algebra & Geometry

–Teaching Textbooks

–Learning Mathematics with the Abacus

Math Supplements–

– triangle flashcards for math facts (by learning fact families, cuts down to 1/4 the amount of facts to learn!)—download and print here
– skip counting songs, games, and stories–;
Schoolhouse Rock: Math

– geoboards, pattern blocks, cuisenaire rods, etc.
– Hands On Equations for visual presentation of algebra “solving for x” concepts

–supplement your math curriculum with games, manipulatives, pictures and stories, such as: Times Tales


Susan Barton Reading and Spelling System


–Right-brained spelling bee method by Dianne Craft

– out loud forwards and backwards spelling practice (Note: With my daughter I do this–write each syllable in different colors, she studies it for 20 seconds, then can spell the word orally forwards and backwards. This idea came from – Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your Add Child by Jeffrey Freed; You can also view this method here. !

on whiteboard, build/work with words by syllables, adding endings/prefixes (Sequential Spelling)
– dictate short sentence with 2-3 spelling words in it to practice simultaneous thinking/writing/spelling (Stevenson Blue Spelling Manual)

Reading Tips for right-brained readers: click here.


306 SnapWord cards images embedded into each word ensure that children gain a rich sight word vocabulary as easily as a camera snapping a picture and storing it in memory.

Starfall—free online lessons for alphabet, phonics, and reading !



Literature supplements

– read aloud or books on tape tons of great books (all ages)–;

–Elements of a Story interactive web site

Story Elements (gr. 2-8; by grade) — gentle intro to literary elements
Figuratively Speaking (gr. 6-12) — literary element resource
Walch Toolbox: Prose & Poetry (gr. 6-12) — literary element resource
– Garlic Press publishers Discovering Literature series lit. guides (gr. 6-12)
Lightning Literature & Composition 7 and 8 (gr. 6-9)
Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings (gr. 7-12)

Sonlight Curriculum Read Alouds (Note: Right-brained learners learn reading best by being read to and following along as you read. Choose books that are 1-2 levels above their current reading level. !

Winston Basic and Advanced !

Easy Grammar Plus

Junior Analytic Grammar


Grammar Supplements
– Mad Libs—try these: ; !
Grammar Ad Libs
– Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock–prepositions, verbs, etc.
Grammar with a Giggle (gr. 3-6); Giggles in the Middle (gr. 6-8); Chortling Bard (gr. 9-12)
– Comicstrip Grammar (gr. 5-8)


–If your child is truly right-brained, you will likely want to de-emphasize handwriting. Consider teaching typing early on. Some have found success with the following—

Handwriting without Tears !

–Also, right-brained learners do better in large context, in color, and while looking up. So, consider having handwriting practice take place on a large white board on the wall.

Wordsmith Apprentice (grades 4th-6th)
Apologia Jump In
IEW keyword outline technique !


Writing Tips:
– break writing into small “bites” and scatter throughout the day

-tape record your child telling a story and then let him go back and type it or write it from listening to it.

-help your child organize her thoughts through brainstorming on a white board first;


Apologia Science !

Lyrical Life Science !


Science Supplementals

The Scientist’s Apprentice

– lots of hands on and real books
– Reader’s Digest “How … Works” series, plus TOPS units, kits, etc.
– science videos/DVDs, science shows (Schlessinger Media videos, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Building Big series, Magic School Bus, Newton’s Workshop Videos !, Mythbusters, NOVA, etc.)

Science Tip:

Cathy Duffy, author of Christian Home Educator’s Curriculum Manual, Elementary Grades writes: “Field Trips, experiments, observation, and nature collections will all stimulate interest [in science] in children. They should be a major part of our science curriculum… The best way to meet these goals is NOT by using science textbooks. We can turn our children on to science by teaching them to observe, experiment, read, and think about the things that surround us.”

The Lukeion Project (7th-12th)—online, live, interactive history !


History Supplements
– colorful, linear or fold-out timeline to visually see connections/distance between people/events

(Sonlight History Timeline book is an excellent resource—try printing facts and pictures from the internet and gluing into the book) !
Yo Millard Fillmore (Cleveland) — visual book for learning US presidents
– read aloud/discuss together the non-fiction spine/textbookvisual-spatial, jenga creation, building blocks, block tower
– historical fiction to flesh out and get a feel for the times

Sonlight History readers are good and can be used as a family read aloud in the earlier grades—tip: during read aloud time let your right-brained learner build with legos or string beads !

Build it Yourself Series

–History Songs
Drive Thru History DVDs

Virtual historical field trips

Early America series online free short films
– history documentaries (library, Netflix, etc.)

–Youtube or other free online videos to match your history and science curricula.


Galloping the Globe: Geography Unit Study

–National Geographic free online lessons !

National Geographic videos

Geography Supplementals
– use lots of maps, globes, geography placemats, etc.
– free online geography games such as
– The Kids Fun-Filled Search & Find Geography Book (Tallarico)
geography songs — to learn states/capitals !
Yo Sacramento — visual book for learning states/capitals
– a visual atlas, such as Galloping the Globe
– travel documentaries
– films set in different cultures
– listen to music, make food, place games, etc. from different cultures
– children’s picture books of myths of different cultures (myths give you a sense of culture, the illustrations give a sense of the artwork)


– Gifted and Talented series (K-4 gr.) — by Amerikander, or others
– Puzzlemania series (gr. 1-5)
– Hidden Picture Puzzle books
– Critical Thinking Activities in Pattern, Image, Logic (by grade) (Seymour)
– Mindbenders (all ages)
– Perplexors (like Mindbenders) (all ages)
– Dr. Funster Think-A-Minutes (gr. 3-6)
– Dr. Funster’s Creative Thinking Puzzlers (gr. 3-6)
– Think-A-Grams, Word Winks; More Word Winks, Plexors, More Plexers
– 10-Minute Critical-Thinking Activities for Englishy (Eaton) — gr. 5-12
– 10-Minute Critical-Thinking Activities for Algebra (Martin) — gr. 9-12

– Logic Journey of the Zoombinis (by grade level)
– Revenge of the Logic Spiders (by grade level)
– Crazy Machines series (gr. 3+)
– The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions (gr. 3+) !
– Operation: Neptune (gr. 3-6) !
– Mission: T.H.I.N.K. (gr. 2-6)

– Set
– Duo
– Secret Door
Blokus !
– Scan (old Parker Brothers game, usually available on ebay)
– Clue !
Checkers !
– Mastermind !
– Amazing Labrynth
– 221 B. Baker Street
– Chess
– Boggle
– Scrabble !
– Quarto
– Tetris !
– Risk
– other strategy computer/board games

puzzle pages:
– mazes
– word searches !
Where’s Waldo !
– search and find type of books
– crosswords, word jumbles, anagrams
– codes, cryptograms
– sudoku puzzles !


– Dandylion Logic (Logic Countdown gr. 3-4; Logic Liftoff gr. 4-5; Orbiting with Logic gr. 5-7)
– Art of Argument (Larson/Hodge) — gr. 7-9
Fallacy Detective; Thinking Toolbox (Bluedorn) — gr. 7-9 !

solo logic activities:
– Logix
– Scramble Squares
– Tangrams
– Rush Hour Junior


Some of the above ideas came from the following sources:


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Candy Land Multiplication


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  7. I need a help. I am a mother of an 8 year old girl struggling in school. She is an Arabic speaker. She started to talk at 3 years of age. I think she is a right brain learner. Any advice? Thank You

    • Here are some exercises you can have your daughter try. They may seem very basic, but she may have missed some basic things when she was younger.

      She may also learn better using interactive technology. I do not know if any education programs for the computer are available in Arabic. I am only familiar with what is available in English. There are other things that can also cause similar characteristics to right brained learners. Things like ADHD or other neurological conditions. I recommend seeing a pediatric neurologist and an educational psychologist.

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