What’s the fuss about learning styles? – Day 3

Brain Trust,

Dear BT,

My kids are so different; do I need to find different ways to teach them?

Love,
Learning Styles in Lincoln


 

Hyacinth:
Dear Learning Styles in Lincoln,

One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is that we can zero in on what seems to work well with each child; it’s remarkably efficient in that way! However, I’m a little wary about always making things easy for my kids. That’s not the way “real life” works, and I want them to be able to function when they emerge from our homeschooling cocoon.

I think we underestimate the brain’s ability to adapt, and if we always make things easy to learn, then we shortchange the brain’s capacity to tackle difficult challenges. Honestly, I don’t worry about catering to a child’s learning style unless they just can’t grasp something. In that instance, I then start trying out some alternative methods/tricks that might involve the other learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic).

Peace be with you,
Hyacinth

Click here to read Bull’s thoughts from Monday!

Find Snow’s post from yesterday here

Doodle ties a nice bow on it for us tomorrow, May 10th…

What’s the fuss about learning styles? – Day 2

What’s the fuss about learning styles? – Day 2

Brain Trust,

Dear BT,

My kids are so different; do I need to find different ways to teach them?

Love,
Learning Styles in Lincoln


 

Snow:

Dear Learning Styles in Lincoln,

I always wonder what the one room school houses did about different learning styles. When thinking about home educating, you have to think of it more like a one room school house vs. our modern, age-based educational system. My girls learn very differently, but they learn together. My 1st grader benefits from hearing her sister say her times tables. My 6th grader benefits from hearing her sister review simple spelling rules. I don’t bend over backwards to teach differently. I think your best bet is to teach them how to learn, and to love learning. Their learning style needs will naturally be met when those things are in place.

Grace and peace,
Snow

Click here to read what Bull had to say yesterday!

Hyacinth weighs in tomorrow, May 9th…

Doodle wraps it up on Thursday, May 10th…

What’s the fuss about learning styles? – Day 1

What’s the fuss about learning styles? – Day 1

Brain Trust,

Dear BT,

My kids are so different; do I need to find different ways to teach them?

Love,
Learning Styles in Lincoln


 

Bull:

Dear Learning Styles in Lincoln,

Sure, if you have the time and desire, why not? But I wouldn’t say you need to unless your child is incapable of learning otherwise. I use a variety of methods when teaching my children — not playing to their preferences so much as trying to strengthen what is taught by involving different parts of the brain. I see a lot of value in fulfilling our children’s needs, but not so much in catering to their desires.

Bull

Reda Snow’s thoughts tomorrow, May 8th…

Hyacinth shares her perspective on Wednesday, May 9th…

Doodle wraps it up on Thursday, May 10th…