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Do You Really Know Your Child's Learning Style? Discover the Key to Your Child's Learning Success

Updated on May 11, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

So many parents make the mistake of forcing their children to learn a certain way or trying to realize their own professional dreams through their children by directing them to professions that they are not passionate about. Underneath it all, though, we know that most parents want the best for their children and want them to be successful in life.

The school system doesn't help either with its structured learning system that decides who the learners (successes) and slackers (failures) are based on this rigid learning system.

However, based on my own experience as a child, I cannot agree more with the authors, Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle Hodson, that "Children are born with an incredible eagerness and ability to learn." So it is never a matter of whether they want to learn but rather whether we as parents (and teachers) are tuned in to how they learn best and whether we are equipping ourselves to create a positive learning environment for them and nurture their unique gifts and talents.

The KEY to your child’s and every other child’s learning success and eventual success in life, however, lies in parents really discovering each of their children’s learning styles, since each child learns in a unique way. (The same goes for teachers who have children under their tutelage).

Once you, as the parent or teacher, take the time to understand this key to learning success, then it gets easy from then on because:

  • 1. Learning will become a joy for your child or children.
  • 2. You will accomplish your ultimate goal of seeing your child or children learn successfully and eventually lead successful lives of their own.

ALL children want to learn but, as the authors point out, “What works best for one child is often counterproductive for others.” If parents (and teachers) don’t understand each child’s learning style then they “unfairly short-circuit their education as well as their intellectual development.”

Does your child have a Performing disposition? Producing disposition? Inventing disposition? Relating/Inspiring disposition? Thinking/Creating disposition? Get the book, read about each learning disposition, do the profile and help your child become the best that he/she can become.

The Learning Style Model in this book has three (3) components:

  • 1. Get on your child’s team.
  • 2. Do the learning style profile.
  • 3. Coach your child for learning success that will benefit her/him well beyond her/his school years.

Like Deborah Critzer of PositiveParenting.com, you can use the ideas in this book to discover your child’s uniqueness, create the best learning environment to support each of your children and help them to become self-directed and eager learners.

Other Useful Homeschooling Resources

101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

Choices are important! That’s what Cathy Duffy, a well-known curriculum expert, provides homeschooling parents, with her more than 25 years of researched and written experience about curricula. So based on your expert knowledge of your child, you can create the perfect curriculum to complement your child’s learning style.

 
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)

"If you're a parent who has decided to educate your children yourself, this book is the first you should buy."—Washington TimesThis book is a good start for parents who are new to home schooling and want an educational model that has a similar structure to the school system. This book is suitable for homeschooling children up to and including high school level.

 
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition

Susan Wise Bauer helps you turn your little ones (6 years and up) into curious ‘historians’! Her engaging story-telling will take the boredom out of your history lessons and pique their interest in learning about other cultures. The included maps also make for good geography lessons. There are 4 volumes in total that can be purchased separately.

 

After watching this video, you will want to definitely homeschool your children, if you aren’t already doing it :) I bet his parents, who he dedicated the video to, are really proud of him!

Mariaemma Willis, one of the authors of the book I mentioned at the start “Discover Your Child's Learning Style” speaks to attends at a Barnes & Noble book signing event about some of the things that scare parents about their children not wanting learn the ‘regular’ way.

When you homeschool your child you do have options, as Charlotte Mason shares with us.She explains really well 5 different methods or styles that parents can use to homeschool their children.

For more great book & product reviews for everyone, inspirational Catholic & Christian articles, delicious recipes and winning gift ideas, visit FreshStart7 or the Catholic Contributor

Do you know what your child's interests are? What have you done or been doing to nurture them?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you so very much georgepmoola for your lovely comment. Have a blessed week.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      A very valuable lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: The children in your charge and their parents were very lucky to have a dedicated teachet like YOU, who took the time to understand each child's learning style AND created projects and gave them choices based on their learning style. That's why I called you a SUPER Teacher! :) Your genuine care and concern for your students is reflected in your projects on Squidoo. May you be blessed! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to share your experience. Have a blessed weekend, poetvix.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Current best practices for teachers totally agrees with this. Assessment of learning styles can be done quickly. There is no reason not to find out how each student learns best and present information in a variety of ways at once to best reach all. For example, in my sped classes, I tried to always present information visually as well as having an auditory component accompanied by some form of kinestethic accompaniment. After presentation of new information, children were given a range of project/activity choices to pick from allowing them to gravitate to what they do best and are most interested in. I often wished my classes were more like a home schooling environment though because you can devote so much more attention to each individual when there aren't so many at one time.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Arachnea: That's great that you have been able to maximize your learning by knowing your learning style. Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I came across the concept of learning styles ages ago at university. Becoming acquainted with my own learning style improved my study habits and also help me improve my grades.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Adventuretravels: Thanks adventuretravelshop! If parents and teachers would only start at the beginning (learning the child's learning style) then learning will not be such a drag for children and a chore for parents and teachers. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: Wonderful, esmonaco! Your daughter and grandsons will all be happy. What a wonderful grandfather and father you are! Have a blessed week.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Yes this is all incredibly important. Children do have different styles of learning. These books sound very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Nice review, I'll forward this to my daughter for our grandsons! Thanks