Cynthia Ulrich Tobias has a Bachelor’s degree in education, a Master’s in learning styles and is President of Learning Styles Unlimited. Although this book is not written directly to homeschoolers, it is written to us as parents and teachers.
Subtitled “How to Discover and Teach to Your Child’s Strengths,” The Way They Learn serves as a good first source for investigating various learning-style models – including Gregorc’s concrete sequential, abstract sequential, abstract random and concrete random; Swassing-Barbe’s auditory, visual and kinesthetic; Witkin’s analytic and global; and Gardner’s multiple intelligences. The author explains each model and guides us toward utilizing what will work from each. Checklists and characteristic grids help us identify the way our children learn, remember things, process information, and concentrate, and how we can best use this information to relate to them.
Sprinkled with anecdotal humor, The Way They Learn provides us with another tool to help us improve and perfect our methods in reaching each individual child.