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What is your child’s learning style?

I have recently been doing a lot of reading about learning styles  and how to best incorporate them into our product offerings and ensure they are well represented in the My Treasure Trunks.  I decided to write an article about it for the blog.

We all know that children learn differently. If you can figure out what your child’s learning style or personality is. You can use this to help them in school and life, by presenting  information in a certain way that makes it easier for them to retain information, learn and thrive.

Learning Styles refer to how children use their senses when they learn. We commonly consider four modalities or styles: visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), kinesthetic (moving), and tactile (touching). Most people ( children included)  use a combination of learning styles but we all have preferences that can be capitalized on, as well as weaker leanings that can be improved. Understanding your child’s learning style can reduce frustrations in school and at home.

Here are some tips to determine your child’s learning style:

Budding visual learner?
Visual learner?

What paid activity are they most likely to request?

A visual learners may ask for art/painting lessons

An auditory learner may pick music lessons

A kinesthetic learner will likely request to join a sports team 

 

What type of toys does your child gravitate towards?

Visual learners will pick the art project.

Auditory learners may pick one that will make music or noise

Kinesthetic learners will most likely choose a ball, frisbee or other active toy



What are his or her interests?

Visual learners are typically interested in videos and images.

Auditory learners may enjoy sound and music.

Kinesthetic learners are generally interested in movement  and physical activities.

 

How does he or she read a book?

Visual learners will typically sit quietly immersed in the words and pictures

Auditory learners might be more likely to read aloud to themselves or request you read to them

Kinesthetic learners may fidget or read walking around the room.

 

How does he or she solve a problem?

Visual learners will find answers and solutions using their eyes.

Auditory learners will likely talk out the problem or want to discuss it.

Kinesthetic learners may attempt to figure it out using using their hands.

 

How do they express themselves?

A visual learner may express themselves through facial & hand gestures.

An auditory learner will most likely use their words

A kinesthetic learner may use their body get their point across.

 

Does your child gravitate more towards one style than the others or are they all over the place?   In the next blog I will talk a little more about some things you can do to capitalize on their learning style preferences.  What new thing did you learn?

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Summer Reading!

Summer is finally here !

Research by the International Reading Association has  shown that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and the loss of that knowledge is a cumulative and has a long-term effect. To help with that, we have a great summer reading sale going on now at our ebay store. Go on over and stock up on books and teaching staples for a summer full of reading and learning!

Summer Reading Sale
Summer Reading Sale Going on Now

So take the time out of school  right now and incorporate learning and reading along with all those other fun activities, like camp and lazy days at the beach. Some ideas of what your child can do to keep the knowledge from the last school year:

  • Write Stories in the sand while at the beach.
  • Write a journal of all the summer activities
  • Join a summer reading contest at your local library or bookshop
  • Get some books out of the library of places you will visit and activities that you have planned
  • Read and find items on the shopping list
  • Help prepare meals by reading the recipes and measuring
  • Read a book and re-enact it with friends
  • Make a game and write out the rules for the whole family to follow

Enjoy your Summer reading adventures !  Stop by the store for many books for summer reading at great prices!

 

What to do with Old Socks?

got socks
I was folding clean laundry the other day and noticed several of my husband’s white cotton gym socks had holes on the heels. It was very irritating as the rest of the sock was intact and in good shape. There was no use trying to stitch the holes as there would be an uncomfortable lump and my husband would not be impressed. However being frugal I searched for practical and useful ways to reuse and repurpose the socks. These are not necessarily original ideas but are ones I have now actually used.

The gym socks are particularly great for household chores. I put a sock on my hand to wash floors. They are great for cleaning mirrors and washing windows. I use them to polish brass or silver. I love them for dusting furniture; wear it like a mitten and when one side gets dusty turn it inside out. Put them on your feet and you can dust wooden stairs and in corners.

I use the old socks for applying shoe polish and then buffing the shoes. When I refinish furniture, I apply varnish using the socks. And guess what, faux painting walls is coming back in style; the socks are great for ragging (google “paint ragging” to learn how) .

Old socks are also great for pets. Put a little catnip in the sock and knot the end. Of course, make sure the holes have been stitched up!? Or stuff a tennis ball into the toe of the sock for a dog toy.

You can make sock puppets or cut the foot off the sock and use the tube to make doll dresses.

My challenge to you is to share on some of the ideas you have come up with to repurpose old socks! Lets see how many ideas we can come up with.

Click here and share your ideas with us and see what other people do with theirs!

or you can just shoot me an e-mail.

PS: We have a Columbus Day Sale running on eBay this weekend if you have been eyeing the geography and history items.

Have a great long Weekend!!

Bart