Teaching With Style

No, you don’t have to have a color-coordinated outfit with matching purse and heels to be a homeschool mom! But you DO have to match your teaching style to the learning style of your children.

Briefly, there are three styles of learners: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Visual learners need to see the material in charts, images, videos, etc. and they tend to think in picture form. Auditory learners learn best by listening to words. Written words make little impression and having the material read to them, or recorded and played back on tape is more effective. Finally there are the hands-on learners who need to roll up their sleeves, dig in and try it for themselves.

Each child is different in their learning style and if you’re to be an effective teacher you’ll need to match your teaching style to your students learning style. This may require conscious effort on your part as you and your child may learn very differently. For instance, if you’ve ever found yourself saying I must have explained this 100 times and she still doesn’t understand, chances are you’re an auditory learner- but your daughter isn’t. One of the beauties of an integrated approach to learning like Five in a Row is that activities built around illustrated literature read aloud automatically provides valuable learning input for all three learning styles.

Have fun with style today in your classroom. If you have an old box of dress-up clothes, try a fun break with high fashion style. Or have fun changing your child’s hairstyle just for the fun of it today. Talk about the many styles of fashion by exploring old and unique clothing styles online or out of magazines. Explore architectural styles using a library book, encyclopedia or online research. For older children, pick up a copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style– the reference standard for writing style for more than 50 years. (They’ll be using this book in college and now is a good time to become familiar with it.)

Since we’ve talked about homonyms several times lately, talk about stiles- the steps or passageways that allow humans easy access over fences and walls: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stile

Show or remind your children about turnstiles- the revolving arms we pass through while entering stadiums, amusement parks or subways.

Have fun with fashion, styles and stiles today. Here are a few verses that refer to how someone was dressed…

Luke 16:19

Acts 1:10

1 Tim. 2:9

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