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During conferences you were provided an analysis of your childís learning style. All teachers in every class, including infants, do such an analysis for every one of their children. Approximately 30 percent of this analysis is the childís learning style. There is no right or wrong; it simply is. These are the teacherís estimations on whether the child needs louder or quieter, warmer or cooler, brighter or darker. Does she need to sit close to the teacher or does she prefer to work away from the adult; does he need a team to cooperate with or is independence more his style; is her activity level high or low; is this a child who needs lots of variety or is this a status quo kid; is his intensity of response high or low? We judge whether the child seems to learn best by kinesthetic, auditory, visual, or tactile input. All of us fall somewhere on a continuum in all of these categories. Those children who are closer to the extreme ends will react measurably better if we provide input in the way that is most useful for them.

For our primary children, we also begin to develop and analyze social skills, which includes such abilities as accepting responsibility, making requests, receiving negative feedback, reporting peer behavior, resisting peer behavior, empathy, sense of fairness, and engaging in conversation. As children approach their sixth birthday, there is marked developmental increase in these areas because of the physiological brain change that occurs around that age. This is also the time when children can begin to work effectively with computers and can begin to imagine concepts such as infinity and forever.

More connected to the childís personality is the creative aspect of our analysis. In that area, the teacher analyzes the childís level of persistence (did you call it stubbornness?); the tendency to check for accuracy (perfectionism?); willingness to take risks, tolerance for ambiguity, and level of questioning. Although many children have these traits naturally, the traits can be taught, and out of these come the characteristics that are going to be so needed in our new global society. If you recall, these are the traits of work ethic and professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration. If you have more interest in this aspect of the work your childís teacher does on behalf of your child, ask to see his personality analysis. Itís a wonderful tool as you set up your home and routines to accommodate this unique individual who lives with you. We find that itís also useful information for designing our own best adult environments and education plans.