View Poll Results: Do you choose curriculum based on your child(ren)'s learning style(s)?

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  • I definitely choose curriculum based on my child(ren)'s learning style(s)

    10 34.48%
  • I sometimes choose curriculum based on my child(ren)'s learning style(s)

    6 20.69%
  • I prefer to choose curriculum based on other things than learning style(s)

    3 10.34%
  • I don't know my child(ren)'s learning style(s)

    5 17.24%
  • Other - - explain below

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    Default Weekly Poll: Do you choose curriculum based on your child(ren)'s learning style(s)?

    One of the most significant and life-changing things I've done since we started homeschooling was researching and discovering my children's learning styles. Once I finally understood that my younger son was a visual/kinesthetic learner (something very foreign to an auditory learner like myself), we finally began making some headway in his learning!! When we combined a multimedia online curriculum with hands-on supplemental activities, my son's "learning disabilities" became almost non-existent!

    I hope you have had a chance to evaluate your child's learning style too. If not, here are some of my favorite resources for learning styles:


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    I voted 'other.' I choose materials based on several things, only one of which is learning style. I also use interests, strengths, and weaknesses. The materials have to fit the abilities/levels the kids are capable of working at and fit in with my educational philosophy. I usually end up modifying whatever we get, to some extent, and create materials each year because there are just some things I can't find.

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    I do some of the time but not completely. It depends on the subject. It has to fit me as well depending on what it is. I'm not an effective teacher if an approach is totally uncomfortable for me. I guess I see it all as a compromise...a little for her, a little for me. I also don't want her to become too accustomed to always having things set out the most easy or comfortable because the real world isn't always (or ever?) handed to us that way. Beyond homeschooling she will have to learn things and adapt at college, or a job, etc often times without much choice in the how of it.
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    My daughter is a free spirit, lol, and she requires alot of direct instruction and hands on work. I'm positive that my son is going to be the complete opposite. I don't know how much more eclectic our homeschool can get, LOL! The major benefit of homeschooling for us is being able to pick and choose what we like and what works well. I like that we don't have to settle for anything!

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    I would echo Brandi and Melyssa. I choose based on many things, including what I can comfortably use. I mostly try to find resources that offer solid information presented in engaging ways. Then we work on each individual learner getting something out of the resource.

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    I definitely *try* to, but sometimes there just isn't anything available (or it's not at a price in our budget) that will accomodate his style. But since he pretty much picks out everything we use, it's not too much of a problem.
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    I don't know that DS has a specific learning style. I took the quiz but most of the answers didn't apply so I doubt it was very accurate. It hasn't been an issue yet, anyway.
    Mama to one son (11)

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    I choose "I don't know my children's learning style" because I am still figuring that part out. I don't know if I will get all technical with it (aka: my daughter is kinetic) as much as just see what works and go with the flow. I have already picked up that my eldest prefers book learning, the middle prefers to do hands on applications, and the youngest does best when everything is a game. So how we accomplish our goals this year will be based on that.
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    I don't know my daughter's learning style. I choose the curriculum for this year based on the fact that Calvert worked out great for us last year. I also keep buying the Kumon books to supplement because she loves them.
    I am going to take that quiz later though. Especially since I keep telling myself not to worry about next year just yet I am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busygoddess View Post
    I voted 'other.' I choose materials based on several things, only one of which is learning style. I also use interests, strengths, and weaknesses. The materials have to fit the abilities/levels the kids are capable of working at and fit in with my educational philosophy.
    This is how I go about choosing materials.

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