• What to do when you can’t determine a learning style

    February 6, 2019 | Tracy Glockle
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    Knowing your child’s learning style or preference can make a big difference in your home based education, and yet it’s not the deciding factor in your child’s education. What happens if you can’t settle on one particular learning style for your child? Will you be unable to teach your child? Will your child be ruined for life or always hate learning because you’ve taught in the “wrong style”? Not at all.  In fact, here are a few ideas to homeschool successfully when you can’t determine a learning style.

    What to do when you can’t determine a learning style

    1. Teach in a multi-sensory style, including as many learning styles as you can. There is plenty of research to support that the more senses engaged in the process of learning, the better a person learns. A learning style is a learning preference, a preference for how to approach new information. But some people may legitimately not have a preference or may have multiple preferences. What can’t be disputed is that if a person has well-written directions, clear pictures of the process, and a video of someone building the project, that person is better equipped for the project than someone who only has one option for instruction.
    2. Teach to your style. If your child doesn’t clearly show a preference for how she approaches new processes or new information, then teach what makes the most sense to you. If you understand it, chances are your child will have a better chance of understanding it as well.
    3. Teach in community, whether that community is your homeschool co-op, a local charter school, or an online program. Teaching within a community gives your child the opportunity to see and hear different presentations of the same material, and hearing it from someone else may be just what your child needs. Not that there was anything wrong with how you taught the material, but there are times when a choir produces a stronger sound than a single voice.
    4. Teach to your child’s strengths. In your daily lessons, incorporate your child’s natural strengths and abilities, whatever those might be. If your child enjoys drawing and sketching, include that in as many subject areas as possible. Allow your child to research so that the drawing is historically or scientifically accurate. If your child enjoys technology, then incorporate Scratch, coding, and PowerPoint. Focus on the obvious rather than obsessing over the obscure.
    5. Relax and enjoy the journey. Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Determining a learning style or preference is not the end goal; it’s simply a means to an end. If that means leads you to greater success, fantastic! But if that means becomes a distraction from the ultimate goal of fueling a fire for learning, then don’t waste another minute.

    If you can’t determine a learning style for your child, it’s okay. While learning styles can be very helpful in determining how to present new information, particularly if a child is struggling, teaching without a preference for a particular style of learning can be equally effective. 

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