Types of Learners

The moment you start teaching your own kids, you discover that learning is not a straight forward experience. The education model we learned in school doesn't recognize that there are different types of learners. It says that everyone is supposed to sit down, open the book, and quietly memorize. Most of kids aren’t following that model. They aren’t interested in being programmed like robots! 

So, how do we help each of our kids learn? 

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Critical Thinking Skills | Creative Thinking Skills | Bloom's Taxonomy

How to Develop Critical AND Creative Thinking Skills (video transcript)

Have you ever thought about how your kids think? Are you wondering if good thinking just naturally develops as your kids age or if thinking needs some strategic steps in order to grow? Is there a way to develop critical thinking skills AND creative thinking skills? And, can this work for homeschoolers?!

Yes! There are very specific steps you can follow when it comes to helping your kids improve their level of thinking. I’m going to share with you what others shared with me when I began my homeschooling journey 3 decades ago.

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Charlotte Mason

The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?  ~Charlotte Mason

Pondering this quote brings up some excellent questions for education in general, and particuarly for homeschooling families: 

  • What exactly is the end goal of education?
  • Where do you want your child to be in the end?
  • Are the methods you are using achieving that?
  • Are we allowing our children to grow to their full capacity?
  • Or, are we holding them back with our methods?

Its important to stop on a regular basis and reconsider our approach to homeschooling.

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Biblical Worldview

When you hear “Biblical Worldview” or "Christian" followed by "history" in the same sentence, associations immediately spring up in your mind.

  • Perhaps you think a Biblical Worldview in history means the history of the Bible and the church. 
  • Or perhaps you think Christian history means telling history from the perspective of Christians. 
  • You may think these terms implies a bias towards Christians and an attempt to glorify the church's role in history.
  • Or perhaps you have no idea of what is really meant by these terms. 

Depending on your background and previous experiences you may have a positive or negative impression. That is exactly why we want provide some definition as to what we mean when we describe a "Christian analysis of history" or "Biblical Worldview in history".

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Homeschool Encouragement

Homeschooling weaves together two elements that have normally been separated in our modern culture—parenting AND educating.

There are parenting books, seminars, and classes for those who want to be great parents. And there are teacher-training colleges and courses for those who want to be great educators.

Both provide extremely valuable insight and information regarding children, how they grow and how they learn. Though a “certificate” is not required for parenting, teachers normally need an education degree and certification to work in a school.

With that in mind, what happens when a parent begins to teach academic subjects to his/her child at home? Much to the surprise of researchers, homeschooled children tend to score much higher than their public school counterparts.

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