I began homeschooling my eldest son over 25 years ago, which is now considered the dinosaur age. At the time, I, along with other Christian parents interested in homeschooling and brave enough to try it had to become pioneers and forge our own trails through the wilderness.
Now that I’m what could be considered a “veteran” at home schooling (and have the scars to prove it!), I have asked myself, “What would have helped me the most when I was beginning my journey to eventually homeschool all but one of my children all the way through high school?”
One of the things that would have helped me tremendously was an understanding of how each of my children learned best. It took me awhile to figure out exactly which approaches to use so that they “got” the information and concepts I tried to communicate to them. Each child was unique. One learned best through “hands-on” activities and visual presentations and was a more solitary learner. He didn’t like any background music or other distractions while he was studying and he could pick up information just by reading it or doing a project about it. But he was also a wiggle worm and needed frequent breaks so he could get up and move around. Another was extremely verbal and liked to learn through songs, rhymes, rhythms and talking with another person about the information he was learning. Still another had a very difficult time reading and didn’t learn until he was almost 10 years old, but was more of a social and auditory learner than the others. He liked background music and had to be physically comfortable while he was studying.
It didn’t take me long to discover that one of the reasons institutionalized schooling is so harmful to children is it uses an assembly line approach, treating children like generic containers to be filled and ignoring the fact that children mature at different ages and stages and they have different ways of learning. A “one-size-fits-all” education just does not work on human beings. So I had to learn how to incorporate into my homeschooling the best teaching strategies for three very different types of learners. This book is a distillation of what I have learned over the last 30 years about Learning Styles and Preferences and best teaching practices for those different preferences.
This Unconventional Homeschooling Guide covers the most important conditions that affect learning and helps you identify the ways each of your children learns best. It also gives teaching strategies for each type of learner. It is full of practical, helpful, and eye-opening information about the different ways kids perceive and process information as well as how their behavior is often tied to their particular learning style. Then the book suggests ways parents can use their knowledge of their children’s learning styles and preferences to help their children “get” whatever they are being taught. When we understand our children’s talents, interests, dispositions, learning styles and preferred learning environments and adjust our parenting and teaching to complement the way they learn best, we make it possible for them to excel at learning.
How Your Child Learns Best explains:
- Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning modalities
- Multiple Intelligences
- The Honey-Mumford Learning Styles
- Learning Dispositions
- Right Brain/Left Brain Processing Styles
- Physical, Emotional and Environmental factors that help or hinder learning
- How learning readiness, teaching style, and gender impact a child’s ability to learn
- and more
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