Kids don't just learn one way . . . and that matters a lot for homeschool parents.One of the benefits of a home education is a curriculum designed to fit each student. But that means knowing how your child learns. Not every child receives knowledge the same way. It's up to the teacher to figure out the best way to reach each one.Based on the 8 Smarts identified by Kathy Koch—word, logic, picture, music, body, nature, people, and self—8 Great Smarts for Homeschooling Families tailors these ideas to the unique setting of the home classroom. Tina Hollenbeck, a leader in the home education community, applies the 8 Smarts to each division of a complete curriculum:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Religious Education
- Fine Arts
Yet when it comes down to it, the real benefit of homeschooling is personal relationships. Hollenbeck concludes by showing that when parents know their kids' multiple intelligences—and when kids understand their family members in turn—it leads to a healthy homeschool dynamic. So don't try to teach in the dark. Know your kid's smarts, then watch them start engaging with their world in fresh ways.