Are you or your kids introverts? Do you have friends who are introverted? If you know of people with introverted personalities, people who feel more comfortable addressing their own thoughts and feelings rather than most person-to-person interactions, then you already know some of the defining traits of a solitary learner, or an intrapersonal learner. In general, solitary learners are the opposite of social learners, as they like to learn by themselves instead of in a group. So how do you help an intrapersonal learner have a better learning experience in a homeschool environment? Well, often a homeschool environment is more naturally suited to a solitary learner because it offers fewer group learning options. But there are some specific things you can do to help a solitary learner. Let’s take a look at some characteristics of and strategies for how to help this type of learner.[Read more…] about Solitary Learner: Characteristics, Study Tips, Strategies, & Activities
What Is Parent-Led Homeschooling & Is It for You?
In your homeschool, how do you make learning choices for your children? Do you make decisions based on your knowledge, experience, and beliefs as their parents (parent-led homeschooling), or do you make choices based on their interests and natural abilities (child-led learning)? As you learn more about homeschooling methods and curriculum, you’re going to start seeing these terms a lot. In this post we’ll discuss what parent-led homeschooling is, and how you can decide if it works for you.Learn about parent-led homeschooling
Listening and Learning: The Auditory Learner
What about auditory learners? So far, we’ve covered most of the learning styles, activities for those learning styles, and why it’s important to use multisensory learning for all learners. Next, let’s take a closer look at auditory learners and see what strategies and activities help them learn. As you might guess, auditory learners tend to prefer learning through sound—they like spoken information and musical or other sound associations.Keep reading
Good Citizenship: Homeschooling Civics
Among the core courses for your homeschool—English language arts, math, science, and social studies—you may have heard that you also need to include civics. Civics is an often-overlooked component of a student’s formative education. A lot of kids have grown up only learning civic principles from media, friends, or family. Unregulated civic education can lead to students not learning why those principles are important. Homeschooling civics isn’t just about understanding economics or the way governments work. It’s a broader area of study that teaches children how to be good citizens of their country.
Because citizenship and the laws that affect citizenship differ from country to country, it’s important to look at the citizenship of your own country. BJU Press offers civics courses that are specific to American citizenship, but we may not be able to comment on how citizenship is different in other countries. For many states in the U.S., having courses that specifically cover civics is a requirement for high school graduates. Often this requirement can be covered with semester-long government and economics courses in the senior year. However, it can be very valuable for young children to develop citizenship early in their education. Keep reading to learn more about homeschooling civics.Learn about homeschooling civics
Verbal Learner: Characteristics, Learning Strategies, & Activities
Whether you’re new to homeschooling, have been homeschooling for a while, or you’re learning how to help your children (or yourself) learn, you’ve likely encountered the verbal learning style. This learning style has to do with how people interact with words in general—spoken, written, or read. It’s also called the read/write learning style or the linguistic learning style. As you learn more about learning styles, remember to keep a broad perspective about how learning works. If you believe you’re a verbal learner or your child is a verbal learner, use the strategies and activities you’ll find here to expand on what you would already do to teach. But try not to make them the only options you use to teach your children. Using multiple learning strategies is helpful regardless of your learning preferences. If you’re looking for the best ways to engage a verbal learner, keep reading.Learn more about verbal learners!