Right Brain vs Left Brain
Choose your homeschool curriculum
to fit your child's learning style
The right brain vs left brain functions are important to understand as a homeschool parent not because one is
better than the other, but
because understanding the function of the left vs the right hemisphere of the brain can help you figure out which homeschool curriculum
fits your child's learning style.
You probably learned in school that
the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body and vice versa.
The right and left side of the brain are both needed to function in life, but they
"interpret" the world and the information they get in different ways, then they "talk to each other." That
oversimplified explanation of how our brain works is the premise for using different teaching techniques to fit the
learning style of the student. People
actually learn better when they do activities that engage the side of the brain they prefer.
The functions of the right brain vs left brain have been discovered through research of people who have suffered
strokes on one side of the brain or the other. They are summarized below.
"big picture" oriented
symbols and images
present and future
knows object function
words and language
aware of time
knows object name
To put this another way...
Left brain learners generally think in words,
like structure, can memorize facts easily, see details, and can follow a lecture while taking notes. They tend
to do well in arithmetic, but struggle with higher math concepts in geometry and physics. Many of them are
categorized as having an auditory learning style. They generally do well in a traditional school
Right brained learners are implusive,
creative, intuitive, and empathetic. They tend to think in pictures like a movie running through their head.
They prefer visuals like pictures, graphs, charts, and maps over lectures. They see the "whole picture" first
and then fill in the details. They struggle with arithmetic and showing their work, but do well in subjects like
geometry and calculus. It's no surprise that they are often classified as having a visual or kinesthetic
Our learning and personality are a result of how these two hemispheres communicate. Each of us
draws on the left brain vs the right brain for a variety of daily tasks, but most people tend to prefer tasks and methods of learning
that engage one side over
Most schools are geared to teach to learners who prefer to learn the "left brained" way and children who
prefer the "right brained" way are often left behind.
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learning styles quiz.
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