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Learning Styles

You may have read the interview with Jill Champagne that I posted concerning figuring out your children. We are all so complex, so it is hard to put a “label” on our children. While I am not saying we can lump everyone into a category, I do think there are three broad categories that we can say people learn best. If we can see what learning style best fits our children, this will help in the way that we teach our students. If I were to teach you something brand new, how would you prefer I go about doing it? Would you like me to tell you, show you, or would you like to be “hands-on”? The three categories are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. 

Auditory students are those who prefer you to give them verbal instructions rather than showing them how to do it. I used to get upset with my oldest son when I would want to show him something and he would say’ “Just tell me how to do it, Mom. I can figure it out myself.” When I realized he learned best through verbal instruction I was able to relax and teach more that way for him. Students who are auditory like to have stories read aloud to them, and enjoy hearing lectures such as podcasts. They are the students who could listen to you read Story of the World for hours if you had the time! Sonlight would be a great fit for an auditory student since many of their stories are Read-Alouds. These scholars also learn from songs that and rhythms. Ian learned his multiplication tables through song and he says he still hears them in his head when he is trying to think of a certain product.

Visual students enjoy brightly teacher-chalkboardcolored textbooks, videos, and video games. Students that are able to best learn from this modality would do well with online courses or distance learning that both Bob Jones and ABeka offer. Other curricula to consider are: Teaching Textbooks, and science or history videos and computer games. Now, I am not saying all their schoolwork should be spent playing video games, but there are some terrific programs that I think are beneficial.

Kinesthetic students get in there and want to experience what you are teaching. Math-U-See is great for students because they can manipulate the pieces and understand what is being taught. If you have a younger student using items such as: counting bears, blocks, beads or pretzel rods (yum!) helps them learn. Lapbooks and unit studies with projects and curriculum such as Weaver and Heart of Dakota are great for students who need to be physically involved with learning.

Of course, each one of us does not learn solely through one means. I think the ideal way to learn is by using all of these in combination. Some subjects and new concepts lend themselves more easily to one way to teach better than another. But, if you are aware that your child learns the best from one of these ways of presenting information over another, use that style as much as you possibly can. Teach to your student’s strengths and help them develop in areas where they are weak.


If I Could Just Figure Out my Kids!

urlHow many times have you said that? I have a guest on my blog that I think will be beneficial in helping you to determine how to help you relate to your children as well as how to direct them in regards to their particular academic styles or your help you understand your family dynamics better.

My guest is Jill Champagne and here are some questions I asked her about this topic.

Lisa: Hi Jill, tell us a little bit about your business.

Jill: My business is Champagne Consulting and I provide individuals and families with the tools they need to help gain a better understanding of their personalities and communication styles. This understanding can then be applied to marriage, family, school, college or the workplace to become more effective, build stronger relationships and resolve conflict.

Lisa: That sounds interesting. What are the services you provide?

Jill: Currently, the tools I use to help my clients are the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator, the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator, and the Strong Interest Inventory. I have been trained and certified to administer and interpret these instruments and provide clients with one-on-one consultations to explain results and help apply them to their particular context.

Lisa: How would this help students in preparing for college or the workforce?

Jill: For a student preparing for college, these tools are especially helpful. High school students are in a unique time of discovering who they are and exploring their interests. They are discovering who God created them to be and what direction He is calling them to for the future. Using the MBTI and the Strong Interest Inventory together students can explore the questions: Who am I? Why do I want to work? Where do I want to work? What tasks would I enjoy? Answering these questions can make a difference in a student’s confidence and give them a successful head start in deciding a college major and career path. It can help focus their direction.

I provide a two-hour consultation when working with students to make sure there is plenty of time to go over their results and have time to discuss who they are and what they might like to do.

Families can also benefit from these tools. I have four children and these tools have been instrumental in our bonding as a family. Knowing each of our personality temperaments has helped us solve conflict and appreciate our unique personalities. It has also helped me understand each child’s learning style and help them with the different challenges they each face. I enjoy working with families and incorporate interactive activities to demonstrate the personality types and their unique strengths. We also look at family or “team” dynamics and develop strategies for improved communication and conflict management.

Lisa: Thanks so much, Jill. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

For more information, please visit her website at champagne-consulting.com or call her at 513-910-3977 if interested in speaking with her.