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Question: How does one determine what teaching style is the best for them?
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Dear Parent,

Thank you for your question.  The beauty about CHC's lesson plans is that the lessons include abstract learning, as well as many hands-on activities.  This way, when you are teaching, you can find the teaching style that best suits your child.  If you would prefer not using CHC's lesson plans, there are many ways in which you can find the best teaching style for your child. 

Howard Gardner has been helpful in defining the different ways in which children learn.  He believed that there are seven intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal.   Each person has each of these intelligences to some extent.  For instance, some children really like music, and while they are not talented at math, they can easily learn songs, know the different keys, and have a good ear for music.  Other children might excel at sports, and enjoy moving their bodies to learn and remember.  With this in mind, you will find that every child has a talent, which both the parent and child will discover as time goes on.  The more senses you use while teaching the lesson, the longer your child will remember what is being taught. 

For instance, if you are teaching an abstract lesson, such as remembering the times tables, there are multiple things you can do with the lesson.  For the linguistic intelligence, the child can look at the numbers on the board, or on the worksheet, and read them aloud.  For the logical-mathematical  intelligence, your child can see the numbers in their groups.  To incorporate music, your child could sing the times tables.  For the bodily-kinesthetic part, you could shape numbers with your hands, or have the student throw a ball around while saying the times tables.  For spatial, you can get numbers made of felt or magnets, for the child to manipulate.  Finally, for the interpersonal and intrapersonal, the child can create word problems, and involve other students in creating a math game.  These are just some ideas that you can do with one lesson.  Or, you could just use the lesson plans that CHC offers. 

There is really no right or wrong teaching style.  What is important is that you find the one that suits your child and his needs.  Good luck and God bless you and your family!   

Laura Nicholson

   
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