Identifying Your Children's Strengths And Weaknesses Volume 61, Program 2 7/5/2005 Volume 61, Program 2 7/5/2005
Observation is a great tool for unlocking learning difficulties. Michael Farris and his wife, Vickie, talk about identifying and using a child's strengths to promote learning, on today's Home School Heartbeat
Vickie, one of the first questions a new homeschooler might have is, "How can I recognize the academic differences in my children? What are their strengths, what are their weaknesses, and how can I find a balance between those things?"
Well, that's a good question. I think, just as parents, all of us realize that our children are different and we often adjust our parenting techniques to those differences. And I think the observations we make in normal life kind of carry over into academics. For example, our daughter Jessica is just a great daughter—we've had very little trouble with her. She's been a good student, but she's slow in everything that she does, and we've had to work with her in life situations and in school situations with that—kind of helping her to discern priorities and not spend so much time on details, helping her to maybe schedule her time and give herself time limits. Another child I think of is Michael; he just in all areas has a little trouble with verbal instructions, and I notice that a lot in his schoolwork. He does much better when he's just reading the material as opposed to me trying to explain something to him verbally. So I think just knowing our kids can help us in life and in school.
Vickie, thanks so much. I'm Mike Farris.
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