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This is a sponsored post for UMIGO. Opinions are my own #umigo
The games are designed with all of the Common Core standards for first and second grade so your child is learning at the same level as they do in class. The games are engaging, the stories are hip and the songs have the repetition needed when learning concepts in math. Whether your child is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner, UMIGO will guide them and give them the at-home support needed to keep the learning active beyond the classroom or with in-home schooling.
There are plenty of resources for parents and educators as well as research to give you more insight. The funding for UMIGO is partly funded by the US Department of Education Ready to Learn Grant. With the concept in mind that repeating characters in songs, video and game play is attractive to a child, it is a very engaging learning site.
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Have you ever had an experience where you really loved a particular TV program and couldn’t wait to talk about each weekly episode with a friend on the phone…or by the office water cooler…or in the car pick-up line at your child’s school? Have you ever overheard a similar conversation about a show you dislike and wonder how anyone could possibly find it interesting? Or wondered how some shows you don’t care for get renewed year after year while shows you think are wonderful get cut from the lineup? The reason these kinds of things happen is because entertainment producers, advertisers, and product developers understand that different kinds of people prefer different kinds of entertainment, products, clothes, etc.
If we take a step back, we can see that our personalities shaped how we like to spend our free time and our work hours, what choices we’ve made in our lives, and the people with which we’ve chosen to surround ourselves. When we find out we’ve got a child on the way, however, somehow we forget how unique we all are. We start thinking there’s a single “best” way to potty train, the “ideal” development curve for all kids, one “right” way to discipline all of our kids. The reality is, though, that our kids—just like adults—all take on the world in different ways. Their personalities shape which friends they choose, how they interact with new people, how they tackle problems, and how they each learn.
Unfortunately, traditional education has largely systematized its approach to teaching our children. And many times our teachers enter that system believing that there is a single “best” way to teach…or more seasoned teachers fall into the habit of thinking that the ways in which THEY learn best are the ways in which ALL of their students will learn best. But which kids enter the classroom on the first day of school are really the ones who should lead the teachers. The identical lesson plan could be a huge hit one year and fall short the next because the kids sitting at each of the desks have different personalities than the ones sitting in those same chairs the year prior.
Because our children get a different teacher every school year in the U.S., it’s important for parents to advocate for their kids by helping the teacher get to know who your child is and the ways in which they are uniquely wired to most enjoy learning as early as possible during the school year. A short parentteacher get to know you chat during the first week or two of school can make a world of difference in your child’s school experience—especially when you consider that the teacher has to get to know twenty or more students as quickly as possible. Giving your child’s new teacher insights into his personality will help her better connect with him, which has been shown in brain-based learning studies to make a tremendous difference in a child’s performance in the classroom.
It’s also important for parents to get to know how their kids’ personalities shape the ways in which they learn best because parents often fall into the same trap as teachers—believing that the ways in which learning worked best for them as kids will also work best for their kids. I know I did with my daughter. I thought that because I did so well in school that if my daughter just replicated my approach to learning, a high GPA, test scores, and college scholarship to a great school was in the bag. Not so.
My first “a-ha moment” that temperament might be important came in the context of parenting a toddler. I had joined a mommy-and-me group when my eldest was about six weeks old and, and it quickly became apparent that different strategies were proving “most effective” for each of the kids…whether we were talking about sleep training, potty training, organization, or discipline. When we started enrolling them in enrichment activities together, it was interesting to watch how some of the kids we knew would really gravitate toward teachers and activities that my daughter did not…and vice versa. The subjects themselves didn’t seem to matter as much as the teaching approach did. My eldest had swim instructors that she couldn’t wait to see each week and others she wasn’t as jazzed about. The same thing happened with music and yoga, as well. My son had similar experiences a few years later.
Not one of the people in my family share the same personality type. This is not unusual for families. Your child’s innate temperament is bound to be a blend of not only the personalities of you and your spouse, but also your extended families. You will share aspects of your personality types, but those aspects will often come together in ways that are completely unique. It’s a bit like features on a face—you may have inherited your mother’s eyes, your uncle’s ears, your father’s nose, and your grandmother’s mouth, but your face is uniquely yours. And just like the way you look is most likely not a mirror image of someone else in your family, the way you think is probably not identical.
Some of us do better thinking things through out loud. Others of us think better with solitary reflection and analysis. Some people naturally prefer to see things in black and white, while others interpret the world in a spectrum of grays. While certain individuals want to see the whole picture before zooming into the details, others start with an equally valid set of puzzle pieces before placing them together in a whole. There are people who approach life with a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mentality, while others are energized by deadlines.
Together, we act out the old parable of the blind men feeling out an elephant in the classroom. Each of approach problem solving and concept understanding from different angles. In order to more quickly gain understanding of the whole animal, we need to see each of our viewpoints as valid. There is no single right or wrong way to come at a concept.
As a parent, understanding how your child’s personality type impacts the ways in which they learn best can be a bit like having a GPS system in your car. You’re trying to lead them to concept understanding as quickly as possible—particularly if they didn’t get the concept during the school day—yet there are different potential paths to take and roads that may be more appealing to them than others. Why fight an uphill battle when you could just take another route?
I wrote A Parent’s Playbook for Learning because I couldn’t find anything like it out there on the market—and I’d bought literally more than 50 personality type books by the time my fingers started flying on the keyboard. (Not to mention many others on brain based learning, multiple intelligences, learning styles, and education in general.) I wanted to give parents an easy reference tool that they could use whenever they were struggling with helping their kids learn how to learn better. I wanted to assure moms like me that just because the teacher during the school day was teaching in a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the best—or fastest—way for their child to learn.
I also didn’t create it to be a cover-to-cover read because, let’s be honest, how many parents really have time for that? I’m a voracious reader, but can barely make it through my book club selection each month faster than a half hour at a time! I wanted parents to be able to reach for the book before they pulled their hair out, flip to the right section for their child’s learning challenge, and find a couple of strategies to put to use—a little like so many of us do on the Web when our kids aren’t feeling well and we want to find the best remedies. And I wrote it because my deepest desire as a mom is to spend less time fighting with my kids and more time enjoying the limited time we spend together now that school and homework has taken over the majority of their waking lives.
If you and your child are struggling with school or you just want to make learning more fun for your kids, I hope you’ll consider downloading or purchasing my book. (You can also just ask for it at your local bookstore and check it out before you decide to buy it!) It truly is the best of the research-backed information I’ve spent thousands of hours reading, comparing, and confirming validity across multiple sources before putting into the book. And, if you’ve got an Introverted Feeler, Introverted Sensor, Extraverted Intuitive, or Introverted Intuitive child, you’ll find techniques that we’ve used with great success in our house. I hope the insights and ideas will have the same effect on your household that it did on mine—less time stressing over schoolwork and more time spent enjoying each other’s unique perspectives on life.
Author: Jen Lilienstein is the Founder of Kidzmet.com and author of the award-winning book, A Parent’s Playbook for Learning, which can be purchased in paperback or ebook formats on Amazon.com, BN.com, iTunes, and in bookstores nationwide.