It’s exam revision season, and I ask my child to revise 30 minutes on an e-learning platform, encouraging to write principal points along the way of the revision. The child decides to be smarty pants about it and says ‘my learning style is visual so don’t need to write down.’ Thank God for the knowledge of teaching, my response was ‘I am aware of the different learning styles and happy you are aware of your’s, but you still need to write down what you see in your words for better understanding’. I went on to say “you can use a mind map to draw out and map out your points.” All these were said in my best possible sarcastic mum voice.
However, I was very proud that the child identifies with an appropriate learning style. This got me thinking, how many parents can determine their child’s learning style? Having had the opportunities to teach, lecture and be an educator for several years, learners struggle to revise appropriately for exams because they have not identified their learning style. It should be said, learning style is not age restricted, and it can change over the years. A child can move from one style of learning at any stage of development and can also identify better ways of revising for exams. The critical point is, at any particular stage of the development of a child, a parent can ensure to recognise their child’s learning style and encourage it as a technique for learning.
There are several types of learning styles but the three main ones I will focus on are: listening, touching and seeing.
- Listen: this is also identified as auditory. Children that fall into this learning style need to pay attention to what is being said. They hear and listening to the information and can retain it. When it comes to revision, these children can benefit from listening to podcast of the topic of their choice. Listening to music, of their choice, while revising can also be beneficial to these children. This is why some children can carry out verbal instructions and task better than other children because their strength lie in audio learning style.
- Touch: customarily identified as kinesthetic or physical learning style. Children that fall into this bracket revise better with activities that are practical and hands on. Such activities can include tabletop games, problem-solving activities and task that require real or life experience. Children can either be descriptive or use a bullet point technique when taking down revision notes for an exam. Flash cards, puzzles and quizzes may come handy during revision. Tactile objectives are also beneficial.
- See: children that fall within visual/sight learning style are observant of details. Descriptive writing and creative writing is at play here as they will write down, in details, what was observed. Children will enjoy revision with picture books, documentary. Reading can be a vital part of these children as they can use their creative eye to visualise the outcome. Mind maps and visual boards are also excellent exam revision techniques.
Children learn differently and have own mechanism that they use to revise for an exam. However, all learning styles can be used intermediately and across the board. Applying a set rule is not suggested because a child may learn better using the visual learning style on a particular subject but when another topic is introduced the listening technique works better.
NOTE: Parents should note that many technological resources can be used to make learning fun and engaging for their child. This should be taken advantage to the fullest.
1. Learn to Drive
Especially in a cosmopolitan town/city with inadequate public transportation. I believe women that have children and do not drive have extra special powers. For a woman with young children, driving is a necessity and not a luxury.
2. Be Economically Viable
Great that maternity leave payment, zero or work contract hours, and in some cases, government supported payment can help support women financially. Learning a skill or trade can contribute to keeping the cash flow coming in. There is always something to buy when you are out with your child or yourself. The internet is full of cash flow opportunities for women, however, ensure it is a genuine stream of income. It can be time to sharpen that passion or skill you have and make it financially viable.
3. Develop Professionally
This is called CPD, continuing professional development. When the child/ren are all of school age, what happens to you professionally? It is never too late to continue or start a new profession.
4. Positive Mind Feeding
Women tend to have low self-esteem, depression or psychosis during this period. Reading a book can help elevate this. Romantic or motivational books are suggestions as it feeds emotion positively and helps release feel good hormones. Also doing something you enjoy or a challenging task, when accomplished, can contribute to release these positive hormones.
5. Liaise with Professionals
Majority of professionals working with a woman while raising children are there to help and offer positive support to the family. Use these professionals to your advantage. We are glad for the World Wide Web but these individuals have gone through rigorous educational process and have hands on experiences that can be taped into to benefit you and your family.
It has been said that home schooling gives parents more control over the influences that affect their children. With home schooling, a parent alone can decide what the child needs to do or learn. Tailoring the teaching program to suit the lifestyle, needs and interests of the child are among the most obvious options for home schooling. A child that is home schooled has the benefit of focusing more hours to the subject that may be difficult without additional pressure. Learning time is spread out based on the needs, abilities and interests of the child. The child receives more quality time in a familiar and homely environment, free from peer pressure and making choices and decisions based on needs.
Competition is great for children, but when it comes to home schooling, this is limited or does not occur. This is also the case of interaction with peer groups. When it comes to teaching style, home schooling is very one way centred. Teaching is always focused on how children learn best, which can be great. However, it reduces the child’s ability to process information in different ways that the child is not used to. A child that learns through moving objects or kinesthetic may find it challenging processing information that may include discussion or social activity.
When children are home schooled it allows parents the control over the moral, beliefs and ideologies instilled in their child. From a parent’s standpoint, this ensures there is no confusion in the child’s mind and no variation between what is being taught and what is being practised.
Schools are an excellent environment for children to develop different views, interact and learn something different outside their circle. However, parents that opt for home schooling are disillusioned with the system. They believe that children are being pushed too hard or too little. However, when children are in an excellent school system, they are welcome to try different experiences, activities, discipline and ethics.
There are pros and cons of homeschooling your child. Is it an option? Yes, it is if you have the time, lifestyle, finances, ability and interest to follow through with the education. After all, nobody can understand or appreciate your child as much as you.
It’s being said that “curiosity kills the cat”, which in other term means you should not get involved in what is not your business or not touch what you are not meant to touch (as with children). However, curiosity did not kill the cat when Humphry Davy started the process of the creating the light bulb that only took Thomas Edison 10,000, 000 attempts in getting it right or John Peake Knight inventing the traffic light. It was curiosity that made Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, which can be debated if this actually killed the cat or not.
In this respect, curiosity enhances creativity and imagination in children. Willard Wigan, the famous miniature artist once said it was his mother’s encouragement to stay curios that encouraged him to creating miniature art work that now earn him millions of ££££££. I came across the story of Mayhem on facebook and was so inspired by what a mum is able to do with her daughter’s curiosity. In her case, curiosity did not kill the cat but rather developed into this playful high fashion creativity (well done Mayhem mum).
Curiosity does not kill the cat when children and teenagers creative ideas are being feed and developed by positive adults. However, curiosity can kill the cat when creativity is not channelled the right way or falls into the wrong hands.
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Keep being curious, refusing to be put in a box.
As a child, I remember taking part in arts and crafts both at home and in school. I learnt how to sow buttons unto material, make scarf through knitting and make beads, and bangles through recycled materials. These skills stayed with me and I have never forgotten them.
Craft has been useful to me as a parent in situations when a bottom or two on my children’s clothing had needed repair.
Arts and crafts are very good skills for children. It helps them develop a life skill that is practical and creative. It helps by boosting kids self-esteem in seeing what they have created or made come alive and into form. Not all children are academic due to having more creative and artistic skills. It is the parent or careers responsibility to encourage these skills in the child ensuring he/she fell valued as a creative person. Arts and crafts can also contribute positively in enhancing parent-child relationship. Parents coming together with their children in making creative items and objects enhances relationship and memories that can not be forgotten.
Do some arts and crafts with your child today and see the results. Watch out for our shop page coming soon, which will have lots of kids arts and crafts items.