Education is something that so very many of us take for granted. In an age where we have it so easily available to us and in so many forms, it is easy to forget about how we got to where we are today – for example, how you got to being able to read this post. In other countries, education is not so well-focused on and children can sometimes travel for hours if not days to get to the nearest school if they are lucky enough to be able to attend.
In terms of educating our children, there are a plethora of options available to us. We can send them to a state or private school, home school them ourselves or with a tutor, or choose a different route entirely to go down in the classroom with a set learning plan. There are things to take into consideration such as learning styles, schemas (learning through play, more commonly observed in toddlers) and different ways of remembering. It’s hard to know where to start with it all.
Start to assess
See what your child’s style of learning is. There are seven styles of learning: visual, auditory, verbal, logical, social, solitary, combination and physical. They are all very different and you could even use them on yourself to help you appreciate the system and learn things in a way more suitable to you. It’s not that your child is any better or worse by being any one style – they can be a variety of styles for different subjects – it’s just that they take in things differently to everybody else. Every person is different. For example, a child with a physical learning style may wish to learn Shakespeare’s Hamlet by acting the story out, social learning styles will prefer to discuss with friends and visual learning styles would rather watch a video about the play. As long as you get the main source of style sorted, you’re set to go on a great learning adventure – but be aware, as styles can vary and change over time.
Wild one or wallflower?
Some children love to stick to the rules and don’t challenge the boundaries of learning, whereas others can quickly become bored with the whole thing and want to break out of the traditional route that has been set for them. There are different learning programs out there to suit individual needs in terms of education, such as the Montessori Method, which will challenge and expand any objectives that your child has towards gaining more knowledge.
Patience is a virtue
Whatever you feel is best for your child may not necessarily be what they want to do. Have patience with them and don’t try to put them off the idea of learning for life by taking too much control. It can be hard if you have a different learning style to them to fully appreciate their methods and ways of retaining new information. Love, encourage and support them and the rest should naturally work itself out.
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