Sunday the temperature was above freezing, so I went for a short hike. It was so nice out in the fresh air. I really enjoyed seeing these ducks playing in the current.
When the weather is bitter cold, it’s fun to learn about polar explorers. We watched “Chasing Shackleton” a PBS series about a group of explorers retracing Shackleton’s 1916 journey in a modified life boat 800 miles to get help for his crew stranded near Antarctica. It was really amazing – both the Shackleton story and what the Jarvis team did.
It is always amazing to me how much the boys learn from documentaries like this. They are constantly gathering new information, picking up on small visual details, and making comparisons to past information.
Even though as a parent and homeschooler I want to adjust to their learning styles, I have a hard time shifting away from the paradigm that learning comes primarily from print and other methods are for supplementation. (I’m sure this is in part because I’m such an avid print learner.) Yet I understand that some things cannot be learned from print and I appreciate the amount of information that is available in video and sound recordings. For instance, a picture of the Aurora Borealis in a text book can’t compare to a video. For years I let bird calls go through one ear and out the other without pausing to think that I could learn the sounds. The world really becomes a richer place once we open ourselves up to learning by different methods. This is what I love about the homeschool journey – I’m learning right along side the kids and they are so gracious about forgiving me when it takes me a while to get it right.
How do you adjust to the learning styles of your children?