Understanding How Your Child Learns

One of the reasons parents choose to homeschool is to give their children an individualized experience that is tailored to how each child approaches learning. There are a number of theories and models of how children learn that have been proposed by psychologists and educators. But since our scientific understanding of how the brain works is still in its infancy, there is little consensus as to which of these theories is most accurate.

Here you will find information on two of the most well-known theories, VARK learning styles and multiple intellegences. The scientific research around these theories is ongoing. There have been some studies done in classroom settings on adapting teaching to VARK learning styles. The evidence is not supportive of these adaptations in classrooms. I'm including this information in the course because my own experience is quite different from the findings of these studies. It could be that adaptations for learning styles are more effective in a homeschool setting. In any case, observing how your child processes new information is an important part of homeschooling, and understanding this theory may help you in those observations.

Keeping in mind that the jury is still out on the validity of these ideas, use them as food for thought as you observe your children. They may provide some inspiration as you decide on learning materials to fit your children. They shouldn't be used to label or limit your children's learning.