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B!lly
B!lly , Parent asks:
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Are there recommended tools for deciding which learning theories are natural fits for a specific child?

My 4yo is a wonderfully spirited child http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Your-Spirited-Chi... .  We have, and will continue to provide a broad range of opportunities for her self-discovery, including music, visual art, sports, nature, unstructured play, etc.  But with formal schooling on the horizon, we're thinking about the many educational philosophies available, to be better informed when selecting a school.  There's constructivism, maturationism, un-schooling , Montessori, etc.  
 
Are there recommended tools (e.g., books, web based decision-engines) available to aid parental decisions about which theories are natural fits for a specific child/family?  I'm thinking the parents would complete a survey, similar to determining a personality type (MBTI, etc).  
 
(By the way: This kind of service might be a valuable addition to Education.com, building on probable existing core-competencies.  Even if a parent doesn't have the suggested learning-style available in their school options, the parent can still better understand what the child is/is not getting formally.  Then the parent can better communicate with the teacher about that, and provide the best possible complementary learning environment at home.)
In Topics: Choosing a school, Learning styles and differences
> 60 days ago

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lkauffman
lkauffman writes:
Dear B!lly,

I completely agree. It would be wonderful to have a service or program available on Education.com that could assess a child's learning strengths and weaknesses. We will definitely keep this in mind. Thanks for the recommendation!

As far as trying to understand your daughter's learning style, I am including a link to an article that summarizes the different learning styles and that provides advice on determining which approach may best characterize your daughter.

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Discovering_Your/

I also found an intriguing activity that was originally designed for parents and teens to assess the teen's learning style in relation to math (the quadratic equation), but I think this could be generalized for younger ages. You can consider the questions and answer them accordingly to narrow down your daughter's learning style.

http://www.education.com/activity/article/Quadratic_Formula_Learning_Style/

Let us know if you have any additional recommendations!

L. Compian, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist
Education.com
> 60 days ago

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e-learning has really helped transform the education system. More and more kids are becoming more aware and informed.
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