As homeschooling parents, especially us homeschool convention lovers, we are always on the hunt for a great curriculum, book, or method, to bring the spark and understanding into our lessons. This is our homeschooling dream: the right curriculum in every subject that leads to “Aha” moments and no complaints (or minimal, anyway!).
But all experienced homeschoolers have experienced a time when the curriculum simply didn’t work, when your lessons are falling flat, and when frustration is at an all-time high. If you’re new to homeschooling, you can expect days when it seems like you’re walking uphill, through the oatmeal you just ate for breakfast. You can expect these days, sometimes. But if you’re experiencing them more often than not, it’s most likely because you’re not using the right homeschool curriculum. To really reach our students, to give them the tools to understand and make memories, and to spark curiosity and independence, we need to teach to their primary learning style and choose learning-style curriculum that sets them up for success.
Why learning style curriculum matters
While we all learn and make memories in different ways, our amazing brain has a preferred way of retaining information and making new memories that help us understand and connect concepts. This is known as a primary learning style. The three main learning styles or modalities are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (active), and you’ll find that while you use all three, one of these styles just seems to make things “click.” Knowing your child’s learning style (and your own!) — and using that information when choosing curriculum — is going to mean you have more lightbulb days and fewer oatmeal hikes.
The benefits of learning style curriculum
- Learning style curriculum makes learning easier! Challenge is good, struggle is bad, for learning. We want our students to be challenged by the curriculum, but not so much that they struggle and lose their joy and excitement. The good news is that choosing learning style curriculum that fits your child means you can provide the right amount of challenge while minimizing frustration. When we learn the way our brain is meant to learn, it’s simply easier and more fun!
- Learning style curriculum means more learning success. Studies show that when students learn using their primary learning style, they score higher on tests, are more efficient with their time, and retain information longer. This results in more independence and confidence. Who doesn’t want that for their students?
- Learning style curriculum ignites critical thinking. Did you know that learning style impacts our ability to critically think, solve problems, and push through tough challenges? When we learn how our brain is meant to work, we can master concepts more quickly and move on to analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. When you teach using learning style curriculum, your learners will be better equipped for higher-level critical thinking. Find out your child’s primary learning style here.
- Learning style curriculum increases focus. In this digital age where images, thoughts, news, and more, fly in and out of our world (and our children’s eyes), focus is harder than ever. But using learning style curriculum makes learning more relevant and dynamic, meaning your child will stay focused longer and want to engage.
- Learning style curriculum is simply more fun! When we are fully engaged in the learning process using our primary learning style, we’re more likely to enjoy what we’re doing, ask questions, and dig deeper.
Are you ready to find a curriculum that fits your child’s learning style and encourages confidence, independence, and fun in learning? Start by taking this Learning Style Assessment. Then, let the curriculum experts at Bridgeway Academy help you find the right curriculum for your child’s learning style so your homeschool year is filled with excitement and exploration, day after day.