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Discover Your Child's Learning Style: Children Learn in Unique Ways - Here's the Key to Every Child's Learning Success Paperback – October 13, 1999
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It has become widely accepted that not all children learn alike. Some grasp information best by reading, while others learn better through listening or discovering concepts in a hands-on fashion. Two longtime educators--Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle-Hodson--suggest in this guide that there are actually five aspects to a student's learning style beyond the simple modes of visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Their "learning style profile" takes into account a child's talents, interests, preferred learning environment, and disposition, as well as the three more familiar modes. Written as a workbook, with a series of do-it-yourself assessments, the guide offers parents a chance to diagnose their child's learning style in all five areas. A chart of activities accompanies each style.
The assessments are uncomplicated and almost too simplistic. And the writers convey an idealism that may not fly in some schools, suggesting that parents encourage teachers to adapt to their child's learning style, accepting, for instance, a video-taped report instead of a written one from a visual learner who conveys his talents better on screen than on paper. Understanding the assessments' results and applying them involves careful--and lengthy--reading. Still, a parent who follows the workbook from cover to cover could gain insight into why a child is struggling in school and head off the labeling of yet another "learning misfit." --Jodi Mailander Farrell
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As I was reading page after page, it became clearer sentence after sentence why my child is having problems in school. Everything the teacher complains about is because of his learning style. Firstly, he is going to a multi-grade school in a small town. So, she teaches one grade and then gives them some work to do and continues to teach the other class in the same classroom. She tells me he is not doing anything then. Well, he can's concentrate and neither could I frankly! He needs quiet and not a teacher teaching others non-related material when he is supposed to be doing homework. Then, he plays with a pencil while she is talking, she takes it away. He plays with an eraser, she takes it away! Gee wee :-o. He is a kinesthetic learner and needs to have something in his hand. He is not disturbing anybody by turning his pencil upside town. How many people do that in meetings of adults and I have never heard anybody tell them, stop playing with the pen and pay attention. So why do they do it to a child???? I haven't spoken to her yet, as I have just discovered this, but plan to do it soon. I am glad my son is only 6 so I don't feel I lost much time