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?
Different Types of Learners
Some of the most powerful information you’ll ever find as a homeschool parent has to do with the different ways people learn. This is not something you want to skip over or leave to the “experts.” If you are going to be on the front lines of teaching your kids, this is strategy you need to know. And, I’ll break it down for you so that it is understandable, usable, and practical.
Here are the three best “grids” for understanding learning differences:
Types of Intelligence | 8 Kinds of Smart
All of us have these 8 kinds of smart, but in unique and varied strengths. Taking this into account when you teach your kids will help you work with what they’re REALLY good at—which is a fabulous strategy for motivating your kids and helping them love learning!
Learning Styles | 4 Types of Styles
We each have a comfort zone in our approach to life and to learning that corresponds to our personality. These have been categorized in four ways by many different researchers from ancient Greeks to modern day psychologists. Homeschoolers over the past three decades have found this material to be extremely helpful in understanding differences between us and our kids, and between each of our children. Learning this will greatly improve the everyday experience of school, as well as the family dynamics!
Learning Modalities (VAK) | 3 Ways of Receiving
One of the first steps in learning is acquiring new information. But how do we best get those facts into our brains? Researchers have shown that there are three pathways for this information to travel, and understanding how these pathways work will transform your kids’ experience—especially when it comes to things they find hard to learn!
As you become increasingly familiar with this information, you will gain confidence to start adjusting your homeschool in very specific ways to meet the needs of your family. When you are adequately equipped, there can truly be joy in this journey!
History Revealed and Types of Learners
Each of these different types of learning grids—8 intelligences, 4 learning styles, 3 learning modalities—are important components to understand, because each contributes to the educational success for ALL learners.
That’s why we created the unique structure in the History Revealed curriculum. We’ve done the work of integrating these components so you and your students can enjoy the learning experience:
- 8 intelligence activities and suggestions for every phase, including: Recap activities; motivating suggestions for presenting what has been learned; vocabulary games; art, architecture, music, science, and cooking projects; drama, dance, music, art, engineering, and linguistic creative expressions;
- 4 learning styles are each welcomed as students cycle through 4 phases in each unit that correspond to the 4 learning styles—regardless of their style, they will have a chance to thrive in at least one phase;
- 3 learning modalities are incorporated through listening to the audio CDs (auditory); reading the introductory article plus any recommended resource or online resource (visual); doing hands-on projects like mapping, art, science, cooking, plus doing movement activities like action games, dance, charades, drama, pantomime (kinesthetic/tactile).