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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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HeatherPeterson124
HeatherPete... writes:
e-learning has really helped transform the education system. More and more kids are becoming more aware and informed.
> 60 days ago

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tawfikcint
tawfikcint writes:
your need online tools?

here :
http://www.enotepad.org

or here:
http://www.guinbox.com/Note

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john18967
john18967 writes:
Intelligence is not the result of pumping facts into ones brain. Rather, intelligence is the ability to reason and recognize opinions as well as argue another opinion. The art of learning requires that one learn the basic facts of knowledge and then learn to apply knowledge in the art of reason. This is intelligence.

Dorothy Sayers classic treatise on learning is one to inspire homeschoolers and Classical Education proponents alike. Another tremendous work that parallels this work is "The Mind of the Maker." Sayers expands the ideas of intelligence to accompany the mind of our Maker.

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