How Does this Child Learn Best?
Amazingly and wonderfully, God created us with and gifted us each with a unique learning style. I for one, cannot follow written directions very well. I can look at an item of clothing and figure out how it was constructed or look at pattern pieces and see how they go together, but the written instructions I always toss to the side. When I'm out and about, I mentally re-arrange the furniture wherever I might be and I notice things like the lighting and the colors and font used in marketing.
I came across this quick test which can clue you in to how you personally learn best. I learn best visually, no surprise there. The book on my Amazon sidebar Every Child Has a Thinking Style is great for helping understand the way God has gifted your children. You can probably order it from your local library or find it on half.com.
So why all the fuss about learning styles and how does this play into home education? Simply put, we believe that a learning style is a gift, not a problem to be worked around or a glitch that needs to conform to one style of learning, such as workbooks or note taking off a blackboard. While life certainly doesn't cater to my particular learning style and I don't expect my kids to think it will to theirs, at this young age when there is SO much learning and absorbing taking place, it absorbs so much easier when we can identify the learning style God gave them and use it to His glory and their benefit.
Any idea what your learning style might be?