Saturday, September 26, 2009

Snapshot Saturday


August 2007
When Butterfly first started attending school in a traditional setting again in 6th grade, she had a hard time learning all the facts presented in book format. We had done so much of her learning in a hands-on way that lists of facts were meaningless and overwhelming to her. So, each weekend, she would bring home whatever book she was struggling the most in and we would do the projects and activities that were looked over. Here, she was making a salt map to learn the names for land and water such as inlet, peninsula, butte, etc. At the beginning of the day, she was overwhelmed and thought she would never get it, she thought she was stupid and hated school. When she finished the map, she knew all the names and loved learning again. After a few weeks, we didn't need to do so much of this and she was able to learn the facts in the way they were presented at school.

11 comments:

sherry ♥ lee said...

This is interesting Tricia because you point out the different ways we learn. Some we take to very naturally, others we struggle with. The most important aspect here is that you worked with your daughter to understand this type of learning and with time and patience she has now incorporated another way to look at learning. That's wonderful!

Krissy said...

I love that she was able to figure everything out after learning hands-on at home. I think schools should do more hands-on learning, there are so many kids who lear that way and just can't retain the facts right out of a book. I think it would really make classrooms as a whole more successful.


(Also-thanks for the sweet email, I'm feeling much MUCH better and feel like I'm really back to myself again.)

((Hugs))
Krissy

Blessings from the Reeds said...

You are so good! I love hands on. I wish the 3L's did more of that. They learn so much better that way. Great pic! Happy Saturday.

Mimmy said...

If more public school teachers would use "hands on" methods our children would be able to learn so much better. It is quite plain that you are doing a wonderful job with your home schooling. Tell Butterfly I think she is one phenomenal girl.

God Bless,
Mimmy

scrappy quilter said...

I agree, more "hands on" teaching methods would help the students tremendously. That's what I love about homeschooling. What a great picture.

Andy's Bethy said...

I'll have to remember this in a few years - looks like a great way to learn all those map words, and my Canaan is very much a hands on learner.
Thanks for the great idea!

Amanda said...

Wow... you make it seem so easy... but I know it is not. And I just adore how you MAKE things work.

Your effort is appreciated!

Many blessings-
Amanda

Karen Deborah said...

I have a kid like this. Any ideas on how to teach a hands on learner Algebra?

Amber said...

I've only recently had the chance to go back and catch up on your life through your blog. Wow. What a journey you've all been on. It's crazy how our lives become nothing lot what we imagined. It's a good thing our God is more powerful than we can ever imagine :)

Living as a cancer survivor changes your life forever, but TBI is even more complex. I never knew much about it until it became commonplace with the recent war veterans. We then had the opportunity to meet the Woodruffs and learn about their foundation. It is such a complex issue because their is nothing to 'see'. I praise God for your recent progress. The brain is an amazing thing that no one fully understands. In some ways that must be frustrating because there are few answers, but at the same time encouraging because the hope is always alive.

Thanks for your continued love, prayers, and advice!

Lifting you up!
Amber :)

Tricia said...

I'm so impressed with your teaching skills. What a gift!

How are you doing? How is your hand?

cindyquiltsOR said...

Many people are experiential learners. I worked in a special education setting with older teens and it was amazing how quickly many kids learned by touching and doing.

Best Wishes!
Cindy B.

PS: I know how to thicken your 'ghetti sauce without adding corn starch. (9.19.09) I will share in an email.

CB