As a parent myself, I know that every mom and dad strives to help their kids develop an appetite for learning that will last a lifetime. But, if we want our kids to "think different," we need to first acknowledge that they "learn different"...then help them learn to play to those learning strengths.
The personality type based techniques in this book will teach you (1) how to support and encourage your child’s education in ways that are best for him and (2) how to teach your child the most effective learning strategies for him so that he can excel and develop confidence in his abilities.
Homework Practice and Test Prep
When it comes to school work, your child harnesses an enormous amount of
energy to start projects, but his energy seems to vanish as soon as the
idea phase is over and it’s time to work out the details.
To reinvigorate him, do your best to tie the subject matter at hand to
something your child loves to do, and show him how understanding
what’s being studied can help him accomplish other goals faster or
As an added bonus, contextualizing new knowledge in this way helps your
child better “chunk” the information by grouping items together in a
way that is meaningful. This chunking process has been shown to aid
retention in numerous studies. Plus, tying seemingly unrelated subjects
together in this way embraces your child’s preference for the learning
dance we discussed.
Focus and Concentration
Because focus and concentration is a perpetual challenge for extraverted
intuitives like your child, homework and long-term projects can be a
considerable source of frustration for parents.
Your child’s innate tendency to get sidetracked could easily turn into
the root cause for school failures, especially given how kids like him
loathe routine or practicing the same approach over and over.
While homework is supposed to take 10 minutes per grade, you may need to
work at your child’s ability to focus for long periods of time.
If your child seems to get distracted easily, time how long his focus
window lasts early in the school year—or even start this process over
the summer—and break homework up into individual subjects, then work
on stretching focus time slowly, by only a minute per grade level per
week. (E.g., five minutes a week for a fifth grader versus two minutes a
week for a second grader.)
Play-Based Test Prep
While some kids prefer to separate work and play, perceivers like your
child would rather combine work and play. For this reason, it’s best
to forgo the flashcards and turn weekly test prep night into Family Game
Whether you repurpose Candy Land, Twister or Trivial Pursuit—templates
for each of these and more are on your Kidzmet® printable template
CD—your child will be willing to practice skills longer in the context
of a game. Board games also provide the opportunity for discussion about
each topic that extraverts like your child need to deepen and cement
understanding. Finally, board games tie knowledge to affectivity—or
arousing emotion—which has been shown to also aid concept retention.
Why? When your child gets an answer correct, he gets closer to winning,
which produces a “Yay!” emotion. When he gets an answer wrong, he
loses a turn, which produces a “Boo!” emotion.
Because of your child’s natural tendency to gloss over specific facts
and details, make sure you remind him to key into the details.
Excerpted from "Extraverted Intuitive's Playbook for Learning [Kindle Edition] :: A Parent's Guide to Becoming the MVP of a Child's Learning Team" by Jen Lilienstein. Copyright © 2012 by Jen Lilienstein. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.