Thursday, November 3, 2011
Do you teach to learning differences?
I realize that when you have six children, they will probably all learn best slightly differently. Honestly, I've never taught to any of my kids' learning differences. Or given them much thought. I expect all of my kids to learn to listen, even if it doesn't come naturally. I expect them to all learn from reading, even though some struggle with this more than others. I am NOT a visual person. At all. (As in I miss most of what goes on around me including what people look like and what they're wearing.) I can't even relate to visual people. And I have a terrible time teaching visual learners. I'm pretty sure I have at least one visual learner. Thus, my problem.
Do you take into account your children's learning differences when you teach them? If you have a child who learns differently from you, do you attempt to teach him his way or convert him to your way? It may be a simple thing for someone like my husband, who is a visual person, to suggest I draw things for my visual learners, allowing them to "see" what I'm trying to teach them. One problem, I don't draw. In one sense I do "see" things, I just "see" them in my mind, not on paper or screen. I look at a math problem and I "see" the answer, or how to find the answer. I read between the lines in the textbook or story. I do books. I don't do pictures.
I love my children. I love the idea of homeschooling. Most of the time I love homeschooling my children. But, there is one child in particular, who shall remain nameless, I'm having a hard time helping, teaching, tutoring, whatever you want to call it. And yes, I have been VERY tempted to put her in school. Mainly because I want a different kind of relationship with her, one that's not so filled with frustration. I don't particularly enjoy banging my head against the wall and that's what homeschooling this child is beginning to feel like. I fantasize about being the mom who picks her child up from school and takes her home to a house filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies. We have a snack and she tells me all about school. But then I'd have to help her with her homework. Perhaps I would just be trading the morning's frustrations for afternoon frustrations.
I would love to hear from anyone who is NOT a visual learner, who has learned to teach a visual learner. I don't want to fail this child, who shall continue to remain nameless : ). I want her to succeed.
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.