"A rich trove of material on helping children who think andlearn
- Arts & Activities
Many children learn more easily and naturally by observation and
image, rather than by sound and cipher. It is not at all unusual
for children with high visual aptitudes to record and express their
experiences and feelings in highly detailed drawings; when asked to
express those same feelings in words, however, they draw a blank.
These children are "visual learners."
In "Envisioning Writing," Janet Olson articulates classroom
strategies to help teachers understand these children better and
thereby facilitate a higher level of learning for the visual
learner. Detailing the strong similarities between the visual arts
and the language arts, Olson describes how the writing skills of
today's elementary students can be dramatically improved through a
method called the "visual narrative approach" to writing. She sets
guidelines to help teachers identify the children in their
classrooms who will benefit most from this method of
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