Planning for a New School Year Step 2: It’s All about Style


September-at-Homeschool. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you think learning should happen?  What about your child; how do they learn best?  If the answers are different (and they usually are), you are one of thousands of homeschoolers who have to learn to adjust and adapt.  Congratulations!  You’re in for an adventure!

Most of us came from traditional schools where learning happens with the teacher at the front of the room and the students sitting in their desks listening.  Some kids learn very well that way, but others just. can’t. do it.  I happen to have 2 kids that just weren’t made to be sitting all day long.  Unfortunately, that was originally how I envisioned our homeschool.  I always wanted to be a teacher and this was my chance.  {{shaking head}} Poor Taylor.  She just wasn’t made to fit my mold.  It took all of about one hour to figure that out.  By the end of our first day we were both in tears.  This was Kindergarten…

There are a lot of people more knowledgable than me about figuring out learning styles and teaching styles, so I’m just going to point you in their direction.

The first recommendation is again, Cathy Duffy’s book, 100 Top Picks for Homeschool.  The beginning chapters of the book really help you get your head on straight about your philosophy of education and styles of learning.

I found this website about a month ago that will walk you through your teaching style, goals, values, and your kid’s learning styles.  I did it myself just to see what it said. :-)   It’s completely free.  At the end of the (many) questions, it offers curriculum choices that might work for your family based off of the answers you provided about yourself and your kids.  It’s based off of Cathy Duffy’s book that I have already mentioned so this might be the way to go if you can’t get your hands on the book.  Be warned- it takes a long time to work through, but it also makes you think about things and that in itself can be beneficial.  It’s called Home Ed Expert.

Here’s a video about 9 minutes long that will tell you all about it.  It may be just what you’re looking for!


If you don’t want to put the time into that, here are some simple quizes to help determine your child’s learning style, your learning style, and your teaching style.

Another good book about learning styles is The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias.  It helped me a lot in understanding myself and Taylor and why we had such a hard time understanding each other.


One comment on “Planning for a New School Year Step 2: It’s All about Style

  1. Pingback: Planning for a New School Year Part 3: The Nitty Gritty | AGAPE Homeschoolers

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