Friday, October 8, 2010

Neurolearning- some helpful articles and information

One of my most favorite books that I have read and refer back to very often is The Mislabled Child by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide.  It helped me so much when I was considering what to look at when it came to my boys development and their learning strengths and struggles.
I think at first when we are contemplating testing or considering our child's struggles in learning it can be quite overwhelming. This book seems to really help sort things through and gives such hope, support and encouragement.  I would recommend this book to any parent, teacher or physician who works/deals with children ( all children not just special needs children).

There is also a  site called the Neurolearning Library which I found to have very helpful articles in many areas of learning and understanding. I could probably spend all day on this website because of the wealth of information here.
Reading through some of these articles give you an idea of what the their book is all about. I really don't think I would have been as successful as I have been with my two boys if I had not read this book.

The Neurolearning Blog is also something I subscribe to and find many of the posts very helpful and insightful.

Just a few suggestions for help if you suspect you may have a child with learning differences/or a disability~

Science~ Learning about the Brain

We have been working through Ellen McHenry's unit study~ Introduction to Neurology.  We are really enjoying this program. It has many different learning components to it and really makes this topic very interesting. My son is enjoying it very much.

Readings are short but very comprehensive written in a narrative form ( which my son enjoys much more than textbook formats) there are activities woven into each chapter's topic; experiments, coloring projects, puzzles, games etc.. it really makes for a holistic kind of learning.

Ellen has other units she has created that you can look through here.
I have already went ahead and purchased the "Elements" Unit also and will probably then move onto the Carbon Chemistry. Ellen has a note on here website that she is teaching a class on Cells and Microbiology this Fall and will have the unit for sale some time in May of 2011 and then another on Botany ( 8 lessons) to be completed this month~

There was an activity that he was to simulate an MRI of an orange to resemble what an MRI image actually does ~
MRI of an orange 

the layers representing the images of an MRI 

He enjoyed this and then decided on his own to sew the brain ( orange) back together again~
As my teen works this unit, he does written narrations of each portion/chapter.  It is a great way to be sure there is an understanding of the information. He has commented that he likes the written narration because it helps him to not only have a good understanding but helps him to remember what he has learned. He does these written narration in his OneNote virtual binder. He adds graphics and things also and enjoys going back and looking at his work~

Since I try and integrate their work, he is also going to be doing some science writing for this unit as well. I found this most recent article, entitled Neuroscience Research May Help Patients Recover from Brain Injury. from Science Daily and he will be doing an essay on this as well and adding it to his unit study.
Happy Science Learning~

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