I just read an article in which teachers were debating whether it is worthwhile to teach to learning styles. Learning styles are how a child learns best. He may be visual--learn best by seeing, observing words or actions; he may be auditory--learning best through hearing, but beware! also distracted by extraneous sounds; he may be kinesthetic--learning best by holding or turning objects in his hands, seeing how they work.
It is important for parents to recognize how their children learn and maybe relay this information to your children's teachers. Knowing how your children learn may help the teacher to determine children's actions as curiosity when they pick up an object, not to destroy, but to learn. The teacher usually has no problem appealing to a visual learner as she/he writes on the whiteboard, but as she writes, she may talk through her actions in order for the auditory learner to profit from her written message.
It is always important for you as parents to know your children, to observe how they do things in order to help them as they develop into eager learners.
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. Author Neil Gaiman.
Your local librarian is a treasure that you as parents must discover for the sake of your children. He/she can research anything you or your children want to know. If your children are working on a project or assignment that requires them to find out more, take a trip to the library. If you do not know to use the computer, your librarian will be your guide. If you do not know how to use the card catalog, or sources for research, your librarian will help. She will even help you find pictures and diagrams to enhance your presentation.
The only thing your librarian can not do is think and figure out how to use the information you find. Parents can help you organize material if given enough time.
Children, make sure your parents know your assignment as soon as it is given. Your parents cannot help if you do not keep them in the loop...and give yourself enough time. The research sometimes is the easiest to do, but the thinking and organizing takes time.
Parents, check out the articles posted here for this time of year. It is so more important that you spend time with your children (without devices) than for you to buy them expensive gifts. You put your family under more pressure to pay for these gifts using credit that needs to be repaid in the new year.
Build memorable times together that will last longer than digital devices and you will be giving presents to future grand- and great-grand children as your children grow and remember past Christmases with you. Your children will imitate Christmases they remember with you to pass them along to their children if you make happy, even traditional and cultural, memories for them now.
Recently, the children in our school district were on Fall break from their schools, but they did not stop learning. Our local library provided four days of expanded knowledge (after the Columbus Day holiday). Children (some with their parents) learned more about Scavenger Hunts by finding Pokemon throughout the library and creating their own comic strip. They enjoyed a visit and story from Clifford, the big red dog. They came dressed as their favorite super hero and constructed their own superhero cuffs. They even learned about medieval times and arts from The Society for Creative Anachronism.
Parents taking the time and making the effort to be present and to learn with their children made their Fall break a marvelous opportunity to learn together.
"SMARTER PARENTS FOR SMARTER KIDS."