Moving Education from Potential to Kinetic: Helping Right-brain Learners and Others who learn differently

By Delana H Stewart

The school year is over and my nine-year-old bundle of energy is with me 24/7.  Letting her veg the day away in front of videos would waste time and brain cells, so I was faced with the challenge of how to engage her hour by hour and teach her ways to occupy some of her time. Currently, we are transitioning and staying in a friend’s apartment, making the challenge even greater. Thankfully, I just finished reading the book “Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child by J Freed and L Parsons. This book has helped me tremendously. It gave me a great understanding of my very right-brained daughter and how to help her learn and enjoy learning. The fun-folders I prepared for the summer will probably get some use; the worksheets from school might not be viewed at all.

For the past two years, my daughter has struggled greatly in reading and somewhat in math. After two years of first grade and an intensive year of second grade with special helps in reading, she was still just at an upper first grade level of reading. In the past two weeks she has jumped to upper second grade reading and spelling, using techniques presented by Freed and Parsons.

Her confidence in her ability to learn has grown greatly as she has amazed us, others, and herself with her ability to spell 5-10 letter words forwards AND backwards (equally fast). I have been using quite a few ideas from the book as well as things I have expanded or adapted or gleaned from other sites regarding right-brained learning.

A month ago, she even struggled with Scripture memory verses. Just recently, using some very right-brained techniques, I taught her Romans 6:23. And guess what? She can even quote it backwards!

Her math is also improving as I focus more on mental math and on teaching math more visually. She was so excited the other day she asked me if we could show it to her math teacher, Miss D. Addition (2, 3, and 4 digit numbers as well as columns of numbers), subtraction, multiplication (0, 1, 2, 5, 10), and memorizing lists of phone numbers is now on her CAN DO list.

Video time is not totally out of the picture for her…the day DOES have a lot of hours! Today she watched some Magic School Bus (Science) and some School House Rock (adjectives, verbs, pronouns, and multiplication). Last night, I put her on a spare computer with a headset and she listened (and followed along) to the first 13 of 125 children’s stories with audio from this site:

As you can tell, I highly recommend Freed and Larsons’ book. For additional right-brained educational ideas, click here.


Another helpful resource is Upside-Down Brilliance on the visual-spatial learner. Check out this article on The Education Cafe–


See also:

Candy Land Addition and Subtraction

Candy Land Multiplication


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