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  1. Arianna
    August 13, 2013

    Another great resource in knowing your child’s personality- and things that make them tick- is The You Zoo, by Jami Kirkbride. A super user friendly book. You read through it with your child, little mini stories, and the child picks the monkey they are most like in each story. It was spot on with my two daughters and myself. They loved reading through it and wanted to do more. Awesome new resource!!!

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  2. Melissa Taylor @imaginationsoup
    August 18, 2013

    GREAT article, Tara!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks so much!

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  3. Crystal
    August 25, 2013

    Great article. I totally agree that you have to pick the approach that’s right for your child. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Chasa Cochran
    August 25, 2013

    This was great read! Thank you for the resources. I ran into the similar problems with my middle child…..I assumed he was ready because (after all) his older brother took to reading like a fish to water and his sister (18 months younger than him was showing signs of reading readiness). We also had issues where handwriting was concerned.

    After some soul searching and lots of advice friends and family I started doing things his way instead of mine and it started clicking for him. Noah is a very kinesthetic learner (I had NO CLUE until I friend pointed it out to me) so he struggles with sedentary activities. He also was just not ready to read or write.

    I feel like we are both on the same page this year and I look forward to starting our school year. I also know that he’ll throw some curve balls my way as is his nature but I wouldn’t have him any other way. 🙂

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  5. Whitney Crews
    September 3, 2013

    As a mom, I have no issue with another parent who feels that homeschooling is the best route for his/her child. I am quite sure many have blossomed through this approach.
    As a public school teacher of 17 years, however, I do take issue with the way you assume NO teacher, or student for that matter, can do as good a job with 25-30 in a class. I understand the belief is that there must be NO WAY one teacher could meet the needs of ALL of those students or that all of them are learning, and certainly not excelling. And perhaps it doesn’t always happen; but perhaps you do not know any of the amazing, gifted teachers I work with. And obviously, your children have never been blessed with anyone like the MANY in my district who pour their hearts and souls into shaping, guiding, encouraging, challenging, and preparing those God places in our paths year after year. I’m sorry you have not known these type of teachers, because we are out there. And we gladly and enthusiastically take on this challenge daily, so that every precious life that steps into our schools may know we are here for them, not just for academics, but to help them chart their own path through this crazy life. But I am sure I am delusional in thinking this is possible, since it can’t possibly be done…according to you. There can’t be any benefits to the group dynamic, the sense of family, the pride of a team, the challenges, the risks, the opportunities, the exposure to different teachers and teaching styles (oh, they can learn from something that and someone who is not perfectly molded to them?)…and yet, I see evidence of it every day, in so many places, with so many teachers.
    So, may God bless you in your homeschooling endeavors, just as He most certainly can with us public school teachers. Have a great school year!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      September 4, 2013

      I’m sorry that you’re feeling defensive; I did not intend to offend. Did you read the entire article? I have a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, and I taught astronomy in a large public high school for ten years. I understand the hard work that you and your colleagues put in every day. I know many talented teachers who have devoted their entire lives to the education of children. Believe me, I understand completely the challenges you face, and I applaud you. I am sure you are doing the very best job you can do, and I believe completely that your students will learn and experience great success during the coming school year.

      I think MOST teachers do a good job of reaching the majority of their students. I never said otherwise.

      But I am sure I am delusional in thinking this is possible, since it can’t possibly be done…according to you.

      I never said that teachers don’t do a good job or that it’s an impossible task.

      What I did say is that I can do a better job with my two (exceptionally gifted) kids than any classroom teacher could do for mine among a group of 25-30, and I stand by that statement. I can offer a richer, more varied curriculum, tailored to their interests and abilities, taught in the ways they learn best, with a Christian worldview. The confines of an educational system for the masses prevent most of those things, even for students with IEPs or GIEPs. There are standards and district-mandated curricula to cover, not to mention the plethora of standardized tests and other requirements.

      There are dozens of studies (including some by the US Dept of Education) that show reduced class size, especially in the early grades to be a major factor in advancing student achievement. Does it mean that students can’t achieve in large classes? Of course not. They can, and many do. Would mine? Who knows.

      Would my 6-year-old be able to work at her own pace, a full grade level (or two) ahead of her age peers if she were in a public school? Not in the district where we live. She wouldn’t be able to study Mandarin Chinese or French or spend 12 hours a week studying art, music, and dance. (All things she does, at her request.) She wouldn’t be able to start her school day with Bible lessons (which we do at her choice) or play with science experiments all afternoon.

      I want to stress again that I think teachers do a wonderful job for most kids, and there are many benefits to a public school education. I just don’t believe public school (or any school, for that matter) is right for the individual needs and challenges of my children.

      Thank you for wishing us the best in our school year. I send the same wishes to you. I hope you and your students have a wonderful school year, and I hope that you found the resources I shared here helpful.

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      • Jill
        September 17, 2013

        What a beautiful response.

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    • Dawnya
      January 12, 2014

      To the offended teacher, I know that there are a lot of good teachers out there in the world, but I also know that there are a lot of not so good teachers out there. My family and I happen to live in an area that is not lucky in having a lot of good teachers. We get the bottom of the barrel here and occasionally there is a wonderful teacher that moves in and decides to stay despite the horrible pay rate. But most often the good leave and the bad stay.
      We had one Jr High teacher that didn’t even prepare her lessons for her classes she would just use her husbands high school lessons. If the kids did not understand a concept and asked for help they were out of luck because she did not understand the concept either and her husband was not there to help. Thankfully she moved away, but I feel sorry for the new school that ended up with her.
      My children have learned more homeschooling than they learned, or ever will learn, at our school. They also do not have to put up with the bullying that happens at our school that the faculty refuses to acknowledge because then they can’t keep them claim of “bullying doesn’t happen here”.
      I wish all schools were as lucky as the one you work at. If there was any way that could happen my kids would go back to public school!

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  6. Tasha
    September 13, 2013

    Tara,

    You are so gracious! I am very thankful to have come across this post and am now following you
    on Pinterest. I have a 4 year old daughter turning 5 end of October and a son just turned 3 in June.

    I appreciate the information and look forward to finding out their learning styles to help with our homeschooling.

    Thank you!

    Tasha

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  7. Angela Searles
    October 25, 2013

    This post was so helpful! We are jumping back onto the homeschool wagon, after a five year hiatus! Our older ones are in high school or finishing up middle school. However, we have two younger ones and more and more we are feeling lead to bring them home. Your information will go far in helping us determine a curriculum and learning style for each of them. Thanks!

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  8. LeahS
    December 12, 2013

    Wonderful article. I homeschooled my children from K-12. I guess the best way to describe how we did things was ‘Christ-led’. 🙂 When the last child went to college, I needed to go to work and have been in a small Christian school for 6 years. I will forever be grateful for the time I had with my children. We are all different for the experience. Keep up the good work. Blessings to you.

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  9. Angeline
    April 19, 2014

    Great post! I do believe there are what we call learning styles. We can define learning style as a way for a person to acquire and process information, such as children learning what an apple looks like or saying the word “apple” to label it, a routine such as tying shoelaces or a motor skill such as jumping.

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  10. Anonymouse
    May 28, 2014

    I really enjoyed this article. I think the links you supplied are excellent, and I am definitely going to try upscaling your approach to differentiate learning in my 25-30 kid classrooms!

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  11. Michele
    May 29, 2014

    I am very grateful you took the time to write this. I thank you for putting all these resources in one place. I started home schooling about 2 years ago, and some days I just struggle with my son. While I always knew the reason he struggled in public school was because they taught a test, not a child.. I didn’t know what his learning style was. My daughter was so easy to teach.. She just loved spending days together and absorbed any new info I would give her.. My son is very different.

    Your reply to the teacher who clearly misunderstood and felt defensive over your very honest statements about home school vs public school, was wonderful. I really respect how calm, kind and matter of factly answered her.

    I will be looking through your page, I have already bookmarked it, and I am very excited to go through our homeschool journey now that I have found someone so level-headed to help guide us.

    Thanks for your time.

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  12. Theres Just One Mommy
    December 1, 2014

    Thank you! I will be using some of these this week to see if there are better ways to help teach my oldest how to read.

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  13. Lela W
    April 28, 2015

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for to help me figure out how to get my 4 year old interested in reading. She knows some sight words, she can sound out words, but doesn’t like to. Hopefully these sites can help me figure out what type of learner she is so we can make reading fun.

    The second link is broken, do you know the website where I can find those tests?

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      April 28, 2015

      You may not want to hear this, but if your 4-year-old doesn’t want to read, I don’t think you should force the issue. Give her some time, and she’ll start reading when she’s ready. I went through the same thing with my very advanced 4-year-old. I didn’t push, and she started reading when she wanted to. She is now 7 and reading far above her peers.

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  14. Shannon
    May 9, 2015

    The second resource does not include a link and I’m very interested in this one. Much appreciated.

    Teaching and Learning Style Quizzes – This one has three different quizzes, for child and adult learning styles and for your teaching style.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      May 23, 2015

      That resource was taken down, but I replaced it with another teaching style quiz.

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  15. Nicci
    May 23, 2015

    Hallo! Thanx so much for very informative article!! Also looking for link to second source, please!
    Xx

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      May 23, 2015

      That resource was taken down, but I replaced it with another teaching style quiz.

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  16. Heather Worthington
    August 25, 2015

    Have you looked at criticism of learning style theories, multiple intelligence theories, and Myers Briggs?

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  17. Magie
    August 25, 2015

    Hi Tara, So this is our first yr homeschooling. I have a problem with my 6 yr old daughter who is in first grade. She is having difficulties in Reading. Im not sure how to help her. I have no degree or anything like that. I am doing bocabulary words with her but I feel like she is very lost. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!!!

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    • Christal
      January 11, 2017

      Hello Tara,

      My name is Christal and I’m also in the Faith. I applaud you for choosing to do what’s BEST for your 2 children and home school them. Sister Tara, do you know of any great sites that offer curriculum, activities, etc. for children that makes sense to a child who’s learning approach is through play.

      thanks in advance and blessings to you.

      I can relate, Magie. My oldest child is a smart boy, I’m just trying to get him more interested in learning. He loves to play, and watch movies so I use that to my advantage and find education movies and shows for him to watch.

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  18. belinda hernandez
    September 9, 2015

    I am very concerned about my children learning, I hav a 7 and a 6 year old and we are In a emergency need of help, they are not learning as fast as I thought, can you give tips,.. my 7 year old is so behind she was retained 1st grade , I need. Help and ideas on how she can learn in a styles that she can understand…

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    • Christal
      January 11, 2017

      Hi Belinda,
      I came across your comment and just wanted to encourage you.

      I’m rooting on your two children.

      take care

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  19. Tia Barker
    October 5, 2015

    Thank you 🙂 This article helps me a lot. I`ll change my methods because my kid has some problems with remembering and I think that will help me.

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  20. Sandy
    October 13, 2015

    hi,
    Thank you so much for this article. My 5 year old is definitely an auditory learner. I still haven’t figured out what my 3 year old’s learning style is. Do you have a link for #2 Teaching Style? Both links are broken.
    Sandy

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      October 13, 2015

      Unfortunately not. That resource has been removed from the website.

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  21. DC
    September 8, 2018

    Does the link to #5 still work? Doesn’t seem correct. Thanks

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      September 8, 2018

      No, it’s not right. I just went in and redid the whole list, removing the old, dead links and adding a few new ones. Check back for some more info.

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