Remember, not everyone learns the same way, and not everyone will react to the same stimuli in the same way. As you now know, different people have different learning styles, and your curriculum may be well-suited for someone, but not for everyone.
Also, understand that many people will be very eager to learn and progress with you. And you will want to make sure that you are properly instructing your student (people learn differently, remember?), and that you are a good fit for the student.
There are generally four categories of learning styles, or just as I like to call them, discernible auditory, auditory-to-vision, and visual learning styles.
Visual Learning Style (Visual Learners)
People with this learning style are great with:
Visual Learners may be especially receptive to books and learning through pictures. They learn best through pictures, maps, diagrams, plans, presentations, graphs, lists, spirals, and maps. They can remember far more what someone tells them about a subject when they themselves have seen the visual representation of that subject several times.
Visual Learners may require more repetition than other learning styles can provide. However, because visual learners can process information well by seeing, it is possible to create an engaging curriculum.
By incorporating visual techniques into your homeschool lesson plan, you can:
This is particularly helpful to incorporate into lessons about the Book of Genesis. The Book of Genesis is the story of God’s great plan for human beings. You might ask why you would need to teach people about this book of scripture. Certainly, there are plenty of other Bible-based lessons and activities.
However, when you think about it, preparing a homeschool curriculum could really be a great way for your kids to learn about the Bible. Why? Because the more you teach kids about God’s great plan for the earth, the more your kids will have a “biblical worldview.” You see, when you show your children how God’s heart is always towards people, the more your children will have a personal faith in God and appreciate God’s attention to their individual needs.
Now, how do you determine what type of learner your child is? You need to consider any learning style the child possesses. Just about everybody learns differently, so there’s no way to define or size up your students’ learning styles. However, if you consider the qualities listed above, you may be able to ascertain what your students would bring to a classroom of your choosing.
For example, if your students are visual learners, you could notice a lack of pictures in their classroom and have a spare on hand to go along with their textbooks. Or, perhaps you see pictures in their locker or on the web and immediate think of a textbook on eye-tracking. If you are talking with them about the “big picture” of the evolution of our solar system, you can suggest that they draw pictures of parts of that story. Or, if you are working on the “big picture” of world history, you can point out how the Pyramids of Egypt, Great Wall of China, and the Romans are all but ancient visions of things to come.
If you notice a strong lack of focus and direction by your students, or if you see a lack of motivation coming from many of them, then perhaps you need to have a conversation with your students about their behavior and focus. Focusing on learning styles and ways to bring that lesson content to life can be a daunting task for even the most experienced homeschool teacher. However, homeschool is much easier than other modes of education. You can check out this homeschool information for more ideas, and to get a kids’ schedule, lesson plans, and more to make your classroom experience enjoyable.