Diane Craft was an excellent speaker and I learned so much about teaching a right brain learner. Right brain kids are big picture, creative, problem solving kind of people. No matter how many times you have them read and write the multiplication tables there is no "glue" to keep that in their brain. So you're just repeating something over and over that isn't working. This was news to me since I thought the only way to memorize something was repeating it either orally or through writing! Right brain kids love pictures and stories and that's what makes facts stick for them. Diane Craft sells multiplication cards on her website that have stories and pictures but you could also make your own.
Here's the link to the ones she sells:
I bought the cards and they really work! Our right brain girly is memorizing the multiplication tables very painlessly! She told me the other day it was too bad everyone couldn't learn math in this fun way.
We also do spelling the same way. When she misspells something we write it on an index card and hang it up for a few days. Here's an example:
This is the name of a friend and she always spelled it with an "F" in the middle. I write the word, putting the letters she gets wrong in color. Then we add a picture that will give her the glue she needs to memorize it. Sophia wears glasses so we turned it into a smiley face with glasses.
This is training her brain to memorize and the idea is that eventually you don't need a picture to remember. We're not there yet, at this point I'm just so happy we have a method that's easy, free and working!
Diane Craft's website has lot's of info:
Another workshop that was really impacting was on the topic of multiple intelligences. Basic idea being that there are 8 types of intelligent. In our culuture word smart people are the ones who are considered smart.They're the kids who do well in school. Everyone else, at best, is considered talented but not smart.
Our daughter that's word smart gets encouragement everyday that we have school because she's good at it and everyone in the family knows she's smart in that way. But what about my girl who's nature smart? Yes, she has to learn to spell even if she's not word smart but I also need to make room for her to flourish in the area that she's intelligent.
The 8 intellegences are:
I have a lot of information from the workshop in email format if anyone is interested. It explains each one and gives strengths, weaknesses and job possibilities.