Unravel the myths and facts about learning styles, perceptions, ordering information and love languages.
Understanding learning styles helps you to understand how your child learns and what system or philosophy you will be comfortable with using in your homeschool. These learning style overviews will put you in a strong position to assess each program you come across as to its suitability for your family.
It is important to remember that a program must suit you and your child. I have seen many moms who choose a program with a huge amount of hands-on activities because their child is a kinesthetic learner, only to find that it is a burden that she herself cannot carry due to her own learning and personality style being totally unsuited to a kinesthetic based program.
Basic learning styles are:
There are thus four main styles of thinking and acquiring knowledge:
Concrete Sequential– a predictable person who does not like surprises. They are very practical and organized and have a strict “black and white” outlook on life. They are not risk takers.
Abstract Sequential– A very deliberate person who like to do things “properly” even if they overstep a boundary. They love information and are great thinkers.
Abstract Random– this person is a “people person”. They care more about the people and others feelings than about the task at hand. They are highly sensitive and are the peacemakers in the family.
Concrete Random– Do-er, Mover, Shaker is this person who is on the go, moving forward and sparking projects. They seem impatient but are actually highly instinctive people whose intuitions are mostly right.
The book The Five Love Languages of Children hit the market and took many by storm.
It is only one way to gain understanding of yourselves and your children and needs to be used in conjunction with the other information above.
Often we and our children are a blend of the 5, but one is always a little more dominant than the other.
Putting it all together
Putting all this information together into something that you can use can be a bit daunting. My suggestions are:
2.Download my “Vision for my child” planning page and begin to work on it. It takes as much as a year of watching and praying to truly know God’s creation – your child.
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3. Look at things like heart motivation i.e. what motivates my child to want to build things all the time or why does my child love horses and dogs. Pray about these things too, God will show you more and more about your “blessings” everyday.
4. Make sure that you do not see these profiles as static – you must ensure that you develop your children’s “weak” areas to become acceptable and give them a finely honed skill in their areas of strength.
5. Knowing and understanding learning styles and personality profiles is not an excuse for bad attitudes towards instruction and work. Your child must still be trained to enter into their learning or work disciplines with a happy and obedient heart.
If you are still considering homeschooling, take a look at these
Pros and Cons of homeschooling
which will outline the most discussed concerns about choosing a homeschool lifestyle.
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