When I began my homeschool journey years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on finding my child’s learning style. It was very informative, however with two small children to care for, all I could do was listen. I didn’t take notes or work on finding out the specific style of learning my child would most benefit from. Being able to revisit that idea and really dig in, was something that I was looking forward to offering to my son.
First of all, a little background as to why this is a timely product for our family. My son is starting a 9th grade curriculum that is rigorous, along with student teaching music classes at the high school, AND being a part of the traveling Jazz band. All of this means he needs time management to the highest degree, not his biggest strength.
For him to be able to examine his learning style would make it easier for him to plan his busy days, and be certain that he gets everything done and best of all, with the least amount of stress possible.
He read The Perceptual Learning Style Workbook over the course of a couple of weeks. From the first page, you learn that there are actually three styles of learning:
Immediately, we assumed he would be Auditory, but there is more than that to this program. Each learning style is broken down into how the person thinks, the best way they remember information, and interestingly, how to determine the style of learning in others. My son felt this may be useful for him in the future, since he wants a career teaching music.
Sure enough, he is an Auditory learner. Now that he had that information, he was able to flip to the section about Auditory Learners, and find out his strengths. Especially helpful were the learning tips for Auditory Learners. This was broken down into situations like Lectures, Studying, Test taking, and showed him many ways that he could remember information easier and make the experience much less stressful for him. He liked the ideas, and has been using them for a couple of weeks as he studies and has taken his first tests of the year.
Further in the workbook, there is a page dedicated to a toolbox of ideas that he can choose from to help him study and remember the information. There were learning exercises that went into career styles and concepts-useful for him to see some of his style learning in action!
All in all, this was a very helpful workbook. My 15 yr old did all the work suggested in the book, and he felt that it was spot on to accurately describe his learning style and what he needed to have a successful learning environment.
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