Tearing your hair out. Daily battles. Kids who “forget” what they learned yesterday.
Home educating has challenges that can strain the patience of even the most saintly mother. When you are also trying to work, raise a toddler, get the laundry and shopping done, deal with your mother-in-law and deal with health, financial or other relationship issues, homeschooling feels impossible.
You can make it easier! When you understand your child’s personality type, you have a unique window into how their mind works, how they see the world and what motivates their behaviors. A motivated child masters information, grows in confidence, and learns how to learn for themselves; becoming more self-directed.
There are specific, free, teaching tips and techniques you can use to modify school lessons to make them more memorable, interesting, and motivating for each child.
For a complete introduction to personality types, click here.
Here’s a brief look at each type followed by specific ways you can enhance their lessons and create a more engaging, fun and exciting learning time:
Average to high energy output and average to extremely high people-persons. They are friendly to everyone, love large gatherings, would rather move than sit, and if life isn’t exciting enough, they will create some excitement. The term drama queen fits them perfectly!
Motivating Tigger – Sanguine Tigger kids are motivated by being popular, part of the crowd, having fun and being active. They see the world as being all about enjoyment, getting the most out of life, getting people moving, laughing, finding joy in every moment. Anything that requires boring tasks or putting work above being with people feels constraining.
Teaching to Tigger
Group activities Use color wherever possible Give short explanations and only one task at a time Evaluate learning through putting on plays, telling what they know, creative art projects Movies, music and movement instead of silent reading, textbooks, and tests Train them to write things down, but don’t expect them to be organized
Allow time for them to talk things through
Follow up and confirm things are done as promised. Hold them accountable
Age appropriate responsibilities and free choices
Let them be expressing, energetic and loud on a daily basis
Hands on projects
Learn from real life experts
Biographies and historical novels instead of history text books
Blow up a few things in science!
Self directed learning
Have them record math facts onto audio and play it back or use math memory songs
They share the high energy level with Sanguine Tigger but focus their efforts on achieving goals. Choleric Rabbit knows what everyone else should be doing and doesn’t hesitate to tell them. They can be bossy, strong willed and independent. They deeply dislike being outsmarted or taken advantage of.
Teaching to Rabbit
Let them choose what, when and how to study within the guidelines you set
Set goals to reach
Motivated by challenges
Give them a cause and a purpose to work toward
Individual project learning
Find opportunities to learn leadership under a mature adult
Avoid boring routine
Teach logic and critical thinking
Avoid cute, clever, time wasting worksheets.
Stick to the practical
Need extra help learning to stay focused on mundane but necessary tasks
When older give them the curriculum and let them be responsible for getting it done
Enforce consistent discipline and expectations
Encourage them to higher accomplishments
Use presentations and teaching others to demonstrate what has been learned
Ask for and respect their opinions
Give opportunities to take risks in a safe environment
Let them associate with successful people in a variety of fields
Slow movers and slower to express themselves, but make no mistake, they are extremely intelligent, deep thinkers. They notice everything and ponder it. Prone to perfectionism and hard on themselves for mistakes, they get frustrated at anything that does not come easily for them.
Motivating Eeyore – Melancholy Eeyore’s want to bring order to life. It is where they find control and stability in a world they see as too unpredictable. They crave perfection, stability, routine, and order. Eeyore is not going to function well in noise, crowds or chaos like Tigger will. Motivate Eeyore by giving them a checklist to complete or a problem to research and solve.
Teaching to Eeyore
Praise them and encourage 10x more than criticize
Don’t push them into group activities
Respect need for space and time to be alone
Stick to a consistent schedule they can rely on
Don’t ask for quick answers. Give them time to think
Needs to have access to The. Right. Answers.
Give plenty of structure and clear expectations
Allow them to pursue unique interests
Encourage advanced academics
Stimulate intelligence to keep them motivated
Avoid teasing them
They prefer workbooks and text books with clear objectives
Give assignment sheets to check off
Allow them their own special space to work
Watch for perfectionism, it can lead to fear of attempting anything new
Provide lots of books in a wide range of topics
Carefully limit screen time, they are easily addicted
Give them responsibilities that nurture their strengths
Sharing Eeyore’s tendency for quiet, slow introspection Phlegmatic Pooh Bears seem to take forever to do anything, especially if faced with a high energy impatient parent. They can be as stubborn as Rabbit, but unlike Rabbit they are quiet about it. They will rarely start an argument and are the first to mediate other’s conflicts. They are calm, easy going, and compliant.
Motivating Pooh – Pooh’s main driving force is the need for harmony. They love to be around people like Tigger, but they prefer quiet like Eeyore. They enjoy helping others as a way to smooth frustrations and ward off chaos around them. Phlegmatic Pooh will light up when given a chance to serve the needs of someone else.
Teaching to Pooh
Prefer cooperation over competition
Unit studies and creative projects are ideal
Avoid high pressure, advanced academics
Study people, cultures, events instead of dry facts
Take time to notice their contribution they are easily ignored in the company of more demanding personalities
Shyness is actually quiet observation of new situations.
Give them time
Allow for a slower, gentler pace for school work
They prefer predictability and routine
Hands on math manipulatives
Practical learning that is useful in daily life rather than learning abstract concepts
Not interested in hitting goals or lofty achievements
Motivated by helping others do their own work
Give responsibilities that will serve others (set the table, volunteer work, etc)
They enjoy studying animals, especially hands on
Give one direction, task or assignment at a time
They typically do not learn well from audio lectures or books