One of the long-term goals I have for my children is for them to learn metacognition (an understanding of how they think and learn).
Most mothers learn at some point if their children learn better by hearing or by reading (auditory or visual learning). Sometimes children have to have an example to understand. Sometimes they need the big picture first; others need the parts first and then the big picture (deductive or inductive reasoning)
I remember the first discussion I had with David about his very definite auditory preference. He told me he wasn’t any good at memorizing. After a brief conversation, he understood that he wasn’t great at memorizing visually (the way he had been taught at AWANAS). On the other hand, he was challenged to think about memorizing by listening and reading aloud, and quickly demonstrated great skill in memorizing this way. He learned something about how he learns.
We’ve watched the FAT City videos on youtube, and had good success with the children drawing their own conclusions about how they learn. As we work on their schoolwork, the topic comes up from time to time.
And today, I’m remembering that they learn about themselves by learning about their mama. My auditory learners often read their homework out loud to ask a question they have. Most of the time, I laugh and tell them to bring me the work so I can see it! I remind them, “Mama is a visual learner, and it’s hard for me to see what you’re asking me when you read it.”
I’ve told them to bring me their homework enough times so that today, Bethel asked a question and immediately brought me her book, “I just remembered you’re a visual learner and need to see what I’m asking.”
Hurray for greater understanding of each other.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:21-33