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I attended school meetings in my children’s grade school (it is a progressive
school which I will talk about in a future post), the school head always
emphasized that children learn differently. She would ask us how our kids do
their schoolwork at home. Some parents
would say they get exasperated because their children do their homework in
front of the TV or with headphones glued in their ears, or on the floor. My
daughter (Paula, the eldest) did her homework my way when I was a child-on a
study table in a quiet room where she can concentrate, so I thought the school
head would say that my daughter does her homework perfectly and that the other
parents’ kids should ban the TV or the music or get a desk or something.
the School Head told every parent to let them do their homework the way the children want-listen to music, have the TV on, even lie on the floor- as long as they
are able to concentrate and finish their work, we were pleasantly surprised.
would then talk about how children have different learning styles and how the
school addresses those differences.
month ago, I was able to read “A Parent’s Playbook for Learning” by Jen
Lilienstein which discusses in detail eight types of learners and how we, as
parents, can help our children ultimately understand a lesson or concept presented
by a teacher specifically for just one type of learner.
book, which won the Pinnacle Award for Best Parenting & Family Book, will
walk you through your child’s personality profile. Through this book, you will learn in what
areas your child is gifted and how you can cultivate their giftedness. You can help
your child soar through subjects they love and breeze through subjects they thought they
detest. You can get a detailed personal
profile of your child at the Kidzmet website for free and would take only 10-20 minutes.
opposed to Paula who is profiled as an ISJ (Introverted Sensing Judger) and Nicole
who is profiled as IFP (Introverted Feeling Perceiver), my seven year old
Adrian is profiled as ENP (Extraverted Intuitive Perceiver). His
personal motto according to his profile is “Don’t Fence Me In” which is quite
different from my “Introverted” girls.
|Adrian at four years old cooking his own fingerpaint|
was very accurate when it described Adrian as:
- One who
“processes his initial thoughts better by talking them out (thinking aloud)”. Unlike his sisters who can complete their
tasks by doing them on their own, Adrian needs to “talk through” his tasks
- One who
“enjoys combining work and play.” I used to find this difficult to reconcile
because I am that sort of person who separates work and play with the thought
that combining the two will bring up a haphazard work.
- A Perceiver
who is “energized by the pressure of a deadline” I can so relate to this (which means I am a
a parent confronted with three children with three different learning profiles,
sure did struggle to understand how different they were from each other. There were times, I admit, that I tended to
compare them and taught one child the way I did the other child (and ended up frustrated). A lot of times, I helped them with their
school work and insisted on doing the work my way (or their sibling’s way), not
theirs. “A Parent’s Playbook For Learning”
opened my eyes (the way the School Head did) on how my children are unique and
quite different from each other and how I can help them learn the way they are
wired to learn.
can grab A Parent’s Playbook for Learning at Amazon in Paperback and Kindle
version and of course at Kidzmet.com.