The Equuschick has intended for quite some time give Brainy Fridays its own very little sidebar widget, but she’s not brainy enough to remember half of the things she plans to do most of the time. If she remembers to do so, you will hereafter find on the sidebar of the Common Room a brief list of the “brainy books” The Equuschick likes best. (So far.)
For the purposes of this post however, here follow some more detailed reviews of the books in question as well as a few additional resources. Starting with-
Dianne Craft. She will be particularly helpful perhaps for the lop-sided Busybrain, the sort of dyslexic and messy child whose brain’s primary problem is that the many different bits of it don’t talk to each-other. This sort of child has a brain, but their brain is confused and thinks it has been Disembodied.
This is The Equuschick’s problem. She has a brain, and it works well enough for reflective purposes. But it hasn’t noticed there’s a body connected to it. Ergo, when The Equuschick tries to learn how to do anything with her hands or her feet, she’s working in the dark without direction. (Like she said. She’s a Disembodied Brain.) If this sounds like you’re child, you need Dianne Craft. Oddly enough, Leslie Sansone: Walk at Home – 5 Day Slim Down – A Mile Each Morning
helps too. Her exercises are simple enough that this sort of person can perform them, but require just enough coordination to occasionally remind the brain that one of its primary jobs is directing the body.
(There is probably a whole post waiting to be written on this child. Hmm.)
Jane Healy Well, she’s Jane Healy. Does she even need an introduction? Read her stuff, all of it.
Cynthia Ulrich Tobias She was covered a Brainy Friday or two ago, on learning styles. She may over-simplify a bit, but if you’re a traditional teacher struggling with a non-traditional student she is an excellent place to start. In addition to her work on learning styles, she is also the author of
You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded), Revised and Updated Edition: Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child, which The Equuschick has not yet read because she hasn’t been able to find the DHM’s copy yet, but it has been highly recommended by many. (Including, of course, the DHM.)
Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School (Formerly Titled ‘The Edison Trait’). SO MUCH FUN! No, really. This book is just fun, and it explained a great deal to The Equuschick that had once been mysterious. The Equuschick does not always agree with the author when it comes to disciplinary needs and measures, but if you are the sort of sane and stable Calmbrain who is constantly exasperated and bewildered by your Busybrain, this is the book that will help you understand. It was formerly titled “The Edison Trait” after, of course, Thomas Alva Edison and it high-lights a distinction between the author calls “convergent” thinkers and “divergent” thinkers. (As you can probably guess, the divergent thinkers are the ones who make a mess but have all the original ideas.)
These magic trees are not mythological. These are the growing, living, active, neurons in the brain of every human being. And they are very, very SHINY.
This is similar to the above, but with more practical application, and it address some of the older years as well. If you read this one, keep your eyes out for the significance of inhibitory control. It is involved in almost everything the brain does.
Last book referenced is, of course, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children because it was the most recent one The Equuschick read. Ha. So you’re probably tired of hearing about it already.
And while we’re on the subject of shiny and brainy books, has anyone read Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less? The Equuschick hasn’t yet, but it looks interesting and is on her list.
And while we’re on the subject of brainy children, you might have a child who looks in a very visual/tactile way if, after a discussion on shapes, he lays himself down on the floor on his side and announces “Hey! When you lay down, you look like a rectangle!”
Some connections are sadder to see him make. The Equuschick was reading him Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims (Scholastic Biography) the other day, and pausing to broaden the discussion of slavery and kidnapping (because she thought it would be over his head), she was interrupted him by explaining confidently but sadly, “Like George Washington Carver! They kidnapped his mama and sold her for a slave too.”