At the homeschooling conference (which was awesome, btw), I took a class on learning styles. It ended up being a quick (and over-crowded) tutorial in the myers-briggs world of personality diagnosis, but did provide a couple thoughtful thoughts on how that effects learning and how it can help us structure our homeschooling day for each unique child. I didn’t find the session itself hugely informative, but I did really appreciate the train of thought that it motivated. I’ve had a book on child’s temperament/personality on my to buy list for some time, but have let others continue surpassing it in urgency. I think this class might have stamped a little star next to it in my mind though, because recent revelations have shown this whole idea of diagnosis might greatly help us in interacting with each other. In this house of strong personalities…
For instance I realized on the weekend that Justus is the only extrovert in our little family. No wonder he wears the rest of us out with his never ending desire for interaction! Social time drains us, but recharges him. It’s funny because he is the shy one out of the 2 kids, and yet Juno is most definitely an introvert. A strong introvert, I would say. So much so that I need to prepare her for outings and interactions by explaining what is coming; “today in sunday school you will colour and play and sing and listen to a story”. And then she can. But she finds it much harder to “roll with the punches”. I also have to be careful not to ignore her because she doesn’t demand attention when she is happy. (many friends have pointed out this is an issue for us, we totally lean towards the negative attention issue with Juno.)
I learned that I am a thinker (as opposed to feeler), so I need to struggle and fight to learn. My first reaction to a new idea is critical. I fight against it, weigh it, challenge it, all before I can embrace it. This was quite revelational for me because I have often wondered why learning (say for example in my relationship with God) is always such a battle for me. Nothing comes simply, I chronically over-think. Sometimes I’m physically exhausted by my mental journeys. (this may be one of the reasons I am so enjoying Ann Voskamp’s book… the way she methodically worked through and struggled with the idea of eucharisteo for example.)
I learned that Jon is a sensing person, that what he sees, touches, engages in- is his reality, what he “trusts”. Which totally explains why he needs order in our home and the world around him, why a grey day leaves him feeling grey, why a walk outside immersed in nature restores his balance. (a book or thought could restore mine just as easily.)
I learned Justus is a feeler. He needs a human aspect to a concept or story. He will like word problems in math, or writing sentences about something as opposed to just random penmanship practice.
And… And… And…
I know there is a whole world of better understanding out there and I am looking forward to delving a bit deeper into the subject and using that to help us homeschool successfully. I love that I CAN use different tools to help educate my children successfully!