My children are all grown and are scattered all over. I miss them terribly but have many many happy memories. Most of those memories are from our days of home-schooling. It was a blessing that I enjoyed and have days where I miss it.
During those early years, we struggled. There were things that the boys 'got' right away and others things, that I would explain over and over and over only for them to look at me like I had three heads and they had NO idea WHAT I was talking about. Those were the hair pulling days, mine not theirs.
(something else I learned, is that there are times when we have to let go and let others do things for us and in their own way) hence letting W cook supper and in his own way. Scroll to the end of this post for the recipe.
Then one day on the radio I heard this lady talking about "teaching them how they learn" and I was intrigued. I listened intently to the program and as soon as it was over, I was online looking for her book. "The way they learn" by Cynthia Tobias. It was life changing for us. I found out what my boys "learning style" was and mine. See, we teach how we learn and since I am a visual learner and audio, my "let me tell you while I show you" approach was lost on my kinesthetic learner. I started learning how to teach in their learning style and they took off! It changed our world immensely and so I was super excited to share this with my home-school friends. I held a special meeting for our group where I shared with our members what I had learned and how it had helped us. Many of our members ordered a book of their own and were soon telling me how grateful they were.
I thought about this a few weeks ago at work. We have a temporary and she just was not getting it. Our finance officer said in frustration, "YOU show her, I'm sick of repeating myself." I thought, now why is this lady not getting it? So I asked her a few questions and found out that she is NOT a audio learner but visual. So I handed her the notes I had typed up and had her follow along while I showed her on the computer WHAT to do. Then she said "OH gosh I feel dumb, why didn't I get this before?" I said, you were just shown in a why that you could not comprehend. Soon she was doing great and again, I thought about that little book, that once again has changed not just my life but someone else's.
This post is part of the monthly challenge Secret Subject Swap.
If you are interested in the book I mentioned, look for it at your local library, Amazon or my favorite Alibris.com You can also find out more about learning styles at:http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/
My subject was: Pick a book, movie, song or television show that has inspired you and explain how and why it inspired you.
It was submitted by: http://mybrainonkids.net
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.BakingInATornado.
Not That Sarah Michelle http://notthatsarahmichelle.
The Bergham Chronicles http://berghamchronicles.
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy http://dinoheromommy.com/
My Brain on Kids http://mybrainonkids.net
The Lieber Family Blog http://thelieberfamily.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope http://batteredhope.blogspot.
Confessions of a part time working mom http://thethreegerbers.
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.
When I Grow Up http
Gourmet Burgers1 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 TBSP A1 seasoning rub
1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
5 slices of crispy cooked bacon chopped
Mix well and form into 1/4 lb patties, cook on a grill or stove top in a non stick skillet to the desired way, well done, medium, medium rare or rare. I enjoy mine medium well.
We served them with fresh slices of tomato, with mustard and bbq sauce on the potato buns! Delicious