All of our children are different, correct? Some learn at different speeds, levels and by different methods. Not all children thrive in the education system that our schools provide and this doesn’t mean that they aren’t as smart as the other children. . it might just mean that they require a different method of knowledge delivery.
Being Visual, Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers, is an amazing book that I just finished reading that spoke more in depth about this concept. I was amazed to find, while reading this book, that I am a visual learner. Throughout my life I have always struggled with math and subjects that offered no pictorial enhancement. I needed to see concepts in my mind to be able to understand them. Even today, when I am trying to remember something, I will create a picture of what I need to remember in my head. For example, if I need to remember a specific time of day I will actually picture an old school clock in my head with the correct time showing. This just works for me.
I wish that when I was in school someone would have taken the time to teach me as I needed to be taught. Math might had made more sense had I used M&M’s to visualize adding 10 + 9 instead of just being told to do it in my head. Being more artistic by nature, my mind just didn’t work the same way as the “standard” lesson taught and that’s ok. This book, Being Visual, gave me many examples of ways that I can teach my children (to supplement their education) in a way that might better resonate with them if by chance they share my visual method of learning. One of the examples talked about in the book really hit home with me. Being that I have younger children I decided to give this suggestion a try first. We will talk about what that method is in a moment.
If you are following along on my Instagram page you probably saw the picture of my daughters bedroom as I found it yesterday. I mean really. . what is going on?
Just in case you missed it, here it is.