Doing It My Way

Eliza Clark
June 12, 2008

Our preschoolers have their ways.

The way their smiles just beam,
The way they sing off key,
The way they haunt our dreams....

Ira Gershwin could not have said it better.

And then there's the way they like their pb&j's (hardly any "pb," plenty of "j"), the way they like to pick out their own clothes (no pants, only shorts), the way they like to stop and look at the flowers in every single front yard on your walk home from the grocery store laden with very heavy bags. They each have unique ways of driving us a bit batty. It's not a song, but it's the truth.

The same goes for the ways in which they learn. Each kid has her own individual way, his own style. The smart and wise Rhodes Scholar, Ph.D types who wrote our very useful (if we do say so ourselves) Preschool Selection eBook put it like this:

"Learning styles are simply our preferred ways of learning new things, depending on which of our senses -- particularly sight, hearing/speech, and touch/movement -- we find most engaging to use. Even very young children sometimes have noticeable preferences, strengths and weaknesses."

Authors Bryan and Emily Hassel go on to discuss the significance of these three learning styles -- visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile -- for the littlest, and fastest learners around (children learn more rapidly at this age than any other!). It's fascinating stuff. And whether or not you use the information to choose a preschool, it's offers a valuable way of understanding all the growing and learning our kids are doing every day -- their way.

From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    It is great that there is so much more awareness and acceptance of different learning styles now than ever before. Now hopefully we will see that awareness reflected in how kids are taught in school....

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 2

    I think conscious parenting comes into play too...Have you read, THE BOOK OF MOM by Taylor Wilshire. It is a novel that we read in our book club that we all loved and it offered so much insight into parenting, marriage and motherhood. It is a funny beach read about a mom that burns out is stuck in her marriage and how she finds her self again. I would love to hear your thoughts on it because you have so much knowledge into parenting.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 3

    according to marilee sprenger, author of 'the developing brain,' learning styles are influenced from birth by teaching and environment...i found the book to be a easy read, with helpful 'developmental checklists'...

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 4

    I am fascinated by this topic...As a former teacher, I can attest to how some students needed to 'hear' the lesson, while others wanted me to write it on the chalk board...According to Hassel and Hassel, how early do these learning styles take form? Birth? 18 months?

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 5

    This carries with us into adulthood - preferred learning styles.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 6

    I agree - it is actually fascinating to think that our little guys/gals are already developing different learning styles - or maybe were born with different ones. I can see a real difference in how my 5 year old learns compared to my 3 year old.

    over a year ago


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