Right-Brained Math

I think as parent-teachers, we recognize that not everyone "gets math." Whether the struggle lies in the memorization of facts or inability to analyze the data, many of our children (and adults!) exert great effort with little result. Could it be that they learn differently? Much research conducted in the past several years has analyzed the differences in right and left-brain learners. Many of the popular math curricula options today are geared towards the left-brain learner- sequential, detailed, repetitive and often textually plain or black and white. However, what happens to our children who learn differently? Children who see the whole picture rather than bite-size pieces; and respond to color, patterns, or pictures? Entirely capable of learning, children who are right brain learners often fall through the cracks or receive unwarranted labels.

This newest math series meets the math needs of the visual spatial learner, right brain learner, or other children with unique learning situations that do not grasp the typical left- brain focused math programs. While each book in the series is a stand-alone resource, there is great value in reviewing books in order to ensure children have a solid foundation.

First in the series, Addition and Subtraction, (Vol 1) begins with background information to help you understand the right brain learner. As a left-brain learner, I found this to be one of the most valuable aspects of the series. I experienced many "AHA!" moments as I read the information, which greatly enhanced my understanding of the right brained learners in my family. The author provides background understanding of teaching children of various ages from preschool through fourth grade before expanding on principles for teaching the right-brain learner. Topics in this book include learning numbers, understanding the meaning of numbers, transitioning from visual to symbolic and mastering computation to 10. Loosely scripted, each topical area includes goals, manipulative lists, activity/game instructions, and reproducible activity pages. Answer Keys and Classroom Records are included. Suggested hands-on manipulatives utilize commonly found items.

Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction Vol. 2 builds on the skills taught in Volume 1. The course begins with an overview of how children learn and a review of foundational concepts before introducing place value and multi-digit computation. Presenting place value in concrete terms and activities, children as young as kindergarten may be able to comprehend this vital concept. Math fluency develops through a variety of hands on and total body activities, engaging stories, discovery based exercises, oral practice and reproducible worksheets. Answer keys and student assessment forms are in the appendix. Hands-on manipulatives utilize commonly found items.

Right-Brained Multiplication and Division reviews the right brained elements used throughout the series. Although formatted a little differently than the previous books, teaching elements are the same: visual illustrations, personification, pattern discovery, story telling, and hands on or total body activities. Teaching information (not scripted) and tactile/kinesthetic activities included in each topical chapter. Appendix contains reproducible practice worksheets and answer keys.

Right Brained Fractions focuses on immersive storytelling, vibrant images, hands on activities and pattern discovery, children review concepts and terminology, fractional parts, improper fractions, fraction number sense, adding fractions, and mixed numbers, as well as subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Reproducible resource pages and answer keys are included.

Right -Brained Math Vocabulary provides parents and teachers interactive, visual and tactile methods for teaching the math vocabulary necessary for math success. Each double-sided page provides a colorfully illustrated vocabulary word with brief explanation, summarized activity and sample sentence on one side, with a story, picture related information or activity, related thinking question and kinesthetic activity. The teaching process is clearly explained: introduce and model the word, get student participation, tell the story, follow with the visual exercise, journal and a kinesthetic activity, and post the word on wall for visual reminder. Use along with the other books in this series or as a companion to your current math curriculum to teach key math concepts. Each page includes 2 vocabulary words with dotted lines to cut between them, the individual vocabulary word card measures 8" x 5 ½". Pages are perforated for easy removal and could easily be laminated. Includes 138 words.  

This pioneering teaching resource would make an excellent companion to the Life of Fred elementary series or mastery based instruction for struggling math students. Dedicated teaching time is necessary for success and may take 30-45 minutes per day depending on your student. Reproducible for instructional use in a single classroom or homeschool.. 120-223 pgs pb ~Deanne


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