Offer a Learning Buffet

We all have unique learning styles.  Recognizing that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, it is important, especially when homeschooling your children, that you tailor-make your child’s learning experience.  

Homeschool mom, please ditch the bland, boring, uniform “school lunch plate” teaching style and look for ways to lay out a tempting, tantalizing learning buffet — offer your children a delightful range of choices so that they can express their learning with delight and motivation!

 

As you plan, think ~

“What different ways can  my child approach this? ”  OR

“How can I present different options for my child to best express their learning?”

There are 3 basic learning styles ~

  • Visual (Looking) ~ prefers images, pictures, colors, and maps to organize information,  uses illustrations, maps, graphs, diagrams, graphics, uses colored highlighters to mark notes, enjoys reading posters and charts, infographics, flow charts, mind maps, watches educational videos
  • Auditory (Hearing) ~ learns through listening, needs to hear or speak, listen or create recordings, listens to audio books, listens to explanations, needs quiet surroundings, use headphones or earphones to block out noise, may prefer music in background, talks about the work as he is learning
  • Kinesthetic (Doing) learns best when physically active, uses his body and sense of touch to learn, like sports and exercise, likes to move while thinking, uses hand gestures and body language to communicate, fidgets, should sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair,  acts out explanations, enjoys physical construction, handcrafts, origami, Lego,and handcrafts

But there are several other unique learning preferences such as Intrapersonal (Solitary), Interpersonal (Social), Linguistic (Language), Musical (Song & Music), Mathematical (Logical), Naturalistic (Nature), which I will share in detail in another post.

 

Essentially, you need to know your child’s learning style in order to present options that they will enjoy.  

I recently looked at some of the online quizzes to help you find your and your child’s learning identity ~

Instead of insisting on exactly how you think a child should present their work, rather offer a variety of options, and allow the child to makes their own choices, so that their attitude and approach to their work is creative, motivated and unique.  

Think of preparing a buffet meal instead of a set menu!

Recently I created a Narration Ideas Booklet with over 100 narration ideas and templates.  Most of these options are birthed out of the understanding of different learning styles.  This booklet is available on my Packages Page and will help you offer a vast range of learning opportunities.

I hope that this post inspires you to explore your child’s learning identity so that you can facilitate and present them with options that best suit their learning style.

Blessings, Nadene

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Love Homeschool!

These photos capture what I love most about homeschool …

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LOVE!

I love reading to my long-legged, lanky 12-year-old while she nestles in my lap.  (Yes!  She loves to still snuggle in my lap!)

I love our mornings filled with cuddles and giggles.

I love my little Miss. Lara and Laura & Little House books!

My youngest is growing up fast, yet she’s still a child who loves to kiss and cuddle and she loves to be loved.  We have had countless loving moments in our homeschooling days.

Recently I remarked how public schooled kids miss out on parental touch and affection while they learn, and how fortunate and blessed we are to love each other throughout our days.

May I, yet again, urge new homeschool moms to relax and enjoy their children and develop deep and intimate school days.  Avoid all those tears and tantrums with tailor-made homeschooling presented in the way that causes your child to blossom and bloom best.  You have a wonderful opportunity to delight yourself alongside your child as he or she learns and discovers, so focus on the subjects and topics they are interested in.

Forget about “doing school at home”. Keep the essential basic lessons (reading, maths, handwriting) short, simple (literally no more than 20 minutes!) and then happily move on to the discovery and discussion subjects.  Find out how to fit all the extras in and add variety by using a theme for each day.

Follow your child’s lead.  Don’t struggle and “make them learn” by forcing lessons that they are not ready for.  Shelve the lessons or books for a month or two and try again later if your child continually cries and complains.  When your child is ready, they learn so fast and enthusiastically that it makes no sense to battle and fight with them and create a negative vibe about school.  Tears and tantrums are a sign of fear.

Don’t compare yourself, your child, your children or others.  Fear of failure is a dreadful result.  While it is easier and makes good sense to work with several children in your family as a group for core subjects, rather approach each child as a complete individual.  Observe and find out how each child prefers to learn new and difficult concepts and approach their learning in the way that best suits them.

My tactile, affectionate, visual, kinesthetic child loves to move, touch and do stuff while she learns.  If she were to sit at the table to do all her homeschool, she would be utterly frustrated, so we do short seat-work lessons and then I allow her to choose what and where she wants to do her core and other lessons.

We took these photos (with a self-timer!) after Bible, maths and spelling.  We sat in the warm sun flooding her bedroom carpet and did our reading and read alouds.  We chatted about topics and themes, we discussed the characters and their fears and successes.

Informal, intimate and incredible!  We realized, once again, that we are blessed to learn and live in such loving liberty.

What do you enjoy most about your homeschooling?

Blessings,