Everyone Learns Differently, Part 2

My wife and I made a decision, about 7 or 8 years ago, that we would home school our children. That decision has been met by a myriad of differing opinions (not that it is the business of anyone but us) in regards to this decision. Many people have been in support of this decision, as homeschooling tends to produce a unique type of brain that scores higher on standardized testing (look up the studies in these regards if you don’t believe me).  Others criticized our decision based on their belief that our children would fall behind their peer group or become socially retarded because they grow up in a bubble.

Regardless of the opinions, Elisa and I have to be willing to live with the results. So far, so good. Sydney and Caleb seem to be developing just as one would expect their children to do despite being removed from the public school system. However, this really isn’t the point of today’s content.

What I really wanted to focus on is learning styles and how differently each individual is from the other in regards to how they absorb information. When my wife and I worked for BCHFS, we noticed that many of the boys who lived in our home struggled with the same kind of issues in school. They were not necessarily excellent auditory learners. That is, they were not so good at absorbing information and regurgitating it back out at test time.

However, many of them excelled at hands-on classes where they were able to learn by applying their hands to the work. One of the boys who lived on our campus took welding courses at the school and continued on through a welding program at the local college. He received his welding certificate there and has made a decent career in that line since.

Image is borrowed without permission from David Avocado Wolfe

Maybe you have noticed that in your own child. Perhaps they struggle with the process of learning in your school system. That does seem to be a huge problem in the public school system. By no fault of their own, all students are expected to learn in the exact same manner. Now, when I say it’s by no fault of their own, I am expressing that a teacher does not have the time or the resources to address the multiple learning needs of the entire classroom. It’s not possible. This is one advantage that we have with homeschooling. We are able to incorporate whatever style is necessary to get the learning accomplished. If we see a new resource available that we think might be useful for our children, we check it out.

My point, examine your child’s education. Are they doing well in school or do they seem to be struggling with what is presented? If the latter is true, there may be some work to be done on your end. While we often rely on other people to educate our children, ultimately, the responsibility falls on our shoulders when it comes to our children’s development. Do some research. Look for ways to augment your child’s education so that they really are getting the things that they are supposed to get.

Life is Strange. Live it Well.

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