learning styles

Everyone learns differently, and there have been several types of learning styles documented, such as auditory, verbal, and kinesthetic.  Often a child will take after their parent, so if you know you’re a verbal learner, perhaps your child is too.  Knowing what type of learner your child is will help you teach the material in a way they are best able to learn it.

Verbal students typically do well in traditional schools.  They are good readers and writers, and in general are excellent students because so much of school is geared toward this learning style.  Of course, they can do very well in the homeschool setting too!

Auditory learners learn best when they hear things.  So explaining a concept to them is easier for them to retain than if they must read it to themselves.  They learn best by listening and repeating the information back to you.   Reading and writing the material just frustrates them.

Kinesthetic learners are very hands-on and learn best with things they can touch and feel.  Math lessons should involve lots of manipulatives to handle, and science of course can be accomplished with plenty of experiments and physical demonstrations.   Many kinesthetic kids would rather tour a historical museum or participate in a historical reenactment than read a history text, for example.

winter nature study

You might think there’s not a lot to learn about outdoors in the winter, but for a curious second grader, nature is always full of fun!  Even without leaves on the trees and many of the animals and insects gone, a hike in the woods can still be educational.   A backyard exploration would be fun too!

Notice all the birds in the trees and figure out what kind they are, what they eat in the winter, and anything else you can find out.  Are there any migrating birds passing through?  How do birds and other animals keep warm in the winter?  You could talk about hibernation too!

You can explore the snowflakes that fall from the sky.  How are they formed?  How cold does it need to be to snow?  What about hail, sleet, freezing rain, and fog?  There are pictures online and in books of enlarged images of snowflakes, and these are beautiful to look and and admire the crystalline shapes.

Toward the beginning of spring, if you live in the right part of the country, it’s fun to learn about maple sugaring, how to tap the maple trees and make syrup from their sap.   You see, winter isn’t a dull topic at all!