cover NLB Call No.: 370.1523 FUL (General Section)
ISBN: 1-57683599-5
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I read this book as part of getting background information for a project I was tasked to manage. My personal conclusions from reading the book:

  • Successful people are those who had someone who intervened (positively) at an early age;
  • Parental involvement & awareness is key to child’s development — because the child won’t know any better.
  • Getting the child to be an effective learner seems to be essentially about (1) recognising the child’s dominent learning style/ tendencies, and (2) capitalising on the tendencies.

This book provides specific suggestions that are practical and specific for parents to try it out themselves. Examples cited from the book: For a child who is more auditory, make audio tapes to allow them to revise questions; when teaching math concepts to active kids (who might not have the attention span for a conceptual subject like Math), try using coins-in-jars and make them count to understand addition & substraction concepts; using household items like sorting laundry as learning activities for understanding colours; making study cards for visual learners.

Chpt 1/ 2 – Tips & guidelines on how to tell if your child is inclined towards visual learning, auditory learning, and Kinesthetic (active) learning. P.27 – 30% of kids have a blend of the above

Chpt 3 – some questions to let parents discover their own learning style (impt, so that they don’t impose their style on their child who might learn differently)

Chpt 7 – “how learning styles impact reading skills”.

Chpt 8 – “discovering your child’s talents & gifts”
– observe
– listen & ask the child questions (what do you like to do most?)
– be aware of character & personal strengths
– take another look at what might ne “negative qualities” (daydreamer, hyperactive)
– get a bigger picture of smart

Chpt 9 – on dev your child’s talents & gifts
How to enhance creative ability, analytical & logical skills, musical talent practical smarts, visual talent, physical abilities, language.

Chpt 10 – handling weaknesses so they don’t block strengths

Chpt 11 – cites people who had “learning-differences” who became recognised as achievers

End chpt includes references.

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