I love the quote that is in the front of the Being Visual, Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers book.
“Everyone is a genius. But is you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid” Albert Einstein
I was able to read and review the Book Being Visual: Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers by Betty Fetter. I wish this book was written when my children was just starting to learn. It opened a whole new world to me. We tried as a family for so many years to try and fit our children in a box of a particular learning style and really didn’t know or researched different ways to learn. I always said, my daughter is an English bent kid and my son is a Math Science kid but never tried to take it further with their learning styles.
In the book Being Visual, Mrs. Fetter talks about a right brain learner. Being a visual learner. Being a visual learner is your mind converting information in to pictures and storing it for future reference.
“It is estimated that 75% of people rely on their visual skills to learn”
WOW! that is a lot of students that are learning by just sitting in a class room and being feed information and really not grasping it fully if the teachers and parents don’t recognize their learning style.
Did you know? From birth to six years is the most critical to a child’s development. The mind is the most absorbent during this time. During this time the way the child development will incorporate experience into the child’s basic character and personality for life. What a great responsibility we have to teach our children during that time. We need to be prepared and intentional.
“We discover that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts in his environment.” – Maria Montessori
The book opens up the world of Montessori Learning to me. I had never heard of this and I really wished I had. My daughter would have loved this way of learning. Montessori education is based on the work of Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method was birthed in the early 1900′s and strives to discover the true nature of the child and then assist him in his normal development.
“Students weren’t just learning to draw. They were developing critical learning skills such as attention to detail, increasing time on task, completing a cycle of activity, organizing, sequencing and working through a multi-step activity with ease.” -Bette Fetter
Bette Fetter, the author of Being Visual, developed and implemented a program called Young Rembrandts. (which is Nationally known) She has realized that students needed training and they could use their personal expression to complete the task. It empowered them to pay attention to the details and finish the task. This bleeds through to their school work as well.
Bette Fetter is giving away a copy of Being Visual to one of my readers. If you have children, or you are a teacher, or you have grandchildren, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is a fun read and when you are reading it, you will be thinking…… that really makes sense. All you need to do to sign up is to fill out the google form below.