If you have more than one child, you probably already fully realize that each child is different than the other – from day one!
My first child nursed every hour; my second nursed every 3 like clockwork. My first child wanted to try table food at 6 months; my second child was content with breast milk until 8 months. My first child practiced walking by taking a few steps on and off over a long period of time; my second child watched, learned and jumped up and started walking one day and didn’t stop.
Each person is uniquely designed by God to fulfill a specific role in the His kingdom. In the Bible, Paul writes about believers having diverse spiritual gifts, and it’s evident if you look around you that all of us are equipped differently mentally, emotionally, and physically.
The God who designed that little nose of on your child, those soft lips and cute ears designed what’s inside your child too.
He designed your child’s heart to love in a special way and a brain to process information in a special way too. As a home school mommy, you get the privilege of unlocking the mystery of the gifts in your child and the way that child learns and responds to the world around him.
As a homeschool mom, you also get the privilege of encouraging your child in God given interests and passions.
You get to come alongside your child as you help discovering with your child who God has called him or her to be, and you get to facilitate the learning that equips your child to achieve their God given dreams for the future.
Don’t ignore the uniqueness of your child when you choose your curriculum! Figure out who your little one is first. Some experts now say there are 7 unique learning styles. Here’s a quick break down of those learning styles:
The Seven Learning Styles
- Visual (spatial): Child prefers using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): Child prefers using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): Child prefers using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): Child prefers using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): Child prefers using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): Child prefers to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): Child prefers to work alone and use self-study.
To get an idea of how you learn and maybe some ways to think about how your child might learn, try out this online learning style quiz. It’s fun to think about ways that our brains can work.
Now, most people learn best through a combo of learning styles, so I think the point taken from looking at learning styles should mostly just be that teachers should use a variety of approaches to instruction. And little kids in particular need a variety of hands on approaches to instruction to keep learning fun and engaging.
My mom and dad are phenomenal at teaching to the various styles of their homeschool kids. When my mom came to visit and saw I’d begun teaching my oldest the alphabet, she encouraged me to find as many methods possible for teaching the alphabet, “Sing it! Make posters for each letter. Make letters out of play dough. Make masking tape letters on the carpet and have Gideon drive cars on it!” My husband and I have embraced that philosophy and look for creative ways to teach that will hit the various styles of learning for our kids.
For Gideon, learning on the move through hands-on methods and engaging in short projects together was a fit for him!
As a homeschool mom, you can choose the approach that best fits the learning styles of your student. Whether that is working with a visual student who likes flash cards with pictures, a kinesthetic student who loves to learn on the move, or a verbal and social student who needs to talk things out, you get to match your teaching to fit what works for both you and your student! It’s something that just can’t happen in a large classroom and a wonderful privilege of the homeschool mom.
Enjoy unwrapping this unique little package of a person that God has given you! Pray that God gives you wisdom as you guide your child towards their interests and look for ways to help him or her learn best. God knows your unique individual and the mind of the child He created perfectly and can guide you in this journey of finding a curriculum that’s the best fit.