Upcoming Events

Nov 15, 7PM
Why Are Learning Styles Important?

Speaker: Kym Wright, 20 homeschool veteran, mother of 8, author, writer, speaker
When: Monday, November 15, 2004
Where: Living Way Church, 620 East Atlanta Road, Stockbridge, Ga 30281
Time: 7:00 pm
Childcare provided with RSVP. Love offering to cover overhead costs.
Sponsored by:  Destiny Homeschool Group

Why Are Learning Styles Important?

Scientific studies show that people take in or perceive information differently and process information differently. The way we view the world is how we perceive information. Some learners need to "see" things concretely (through our five senses) to understand information. Other learners can understand information abstractly (visually understand what cannot be seen).

Each child is created to be totally unique. There are no two alike, in appearance, personality or preferences.

This uniqueness is often apparent in how children learn. One child may learn best by reading lots of books while another may have to try everything that they see in books. A third child may learn best by listening to tapes and lectures. Most children have a combination of learning styles, but one style will be dominant.

Studies show that 70 percent of children do NOT learn well the way the schools teach— lecture/textbook/test — most students need more.

Even the Bible addresses our differences:

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.. For the body is not one member, but many.

 1 Cor 12

There are a few very good reasons you should know your children’s learning styles:

* Most parents assume their children learn exactly like they do.

* Without knowing your children’s learning styles, you may choose a curriculum that doesn’t reach your children where they’re at.

* Determining learning styles aids parents in choosing curriculum, teaching methods and extracurricular activities.

* By understanding the different learning styles yourself, you can then help your children understand them too, which will help them relate to and communicate better with the various people in their life.

We'll cover questions like these and more, to help you determine your child's Learning Style, and probably discover your own:

1. What kind of explanations help this child learn new ideas, concepts, or skills?
2. How does the child read and spell?
3. How does the child write?
4. How does the child remember things?
5. How does this child solve problems?
6. How does this child respond to periods of inactivity?
Kym Wright - is the mother of 8 homeschooled children.  Two have graduated and are attending her alma mater on scholarships, Judson College in Marion, Alabama.  She is author of the Learn & Do Unit Studies and Women: Living  Life on Purpose.  She writes for many homeschooling publications including Homeschooling Today, The Old Schoolhouse, and Practical Homeschooling, as well as penning a chapter in the upcoming book Homeschooling Styles: The Choice is Yours.  She was the editor for the statewide GHEA (Georgia Home Education Association) newsletter for two years, and she and her husband, Mark have homeschooled since the mid 80's.  Kym writes to encourage homeschool moms in very practical, hands on ways making philosophical workable.

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