HPP Quote - da Vinci
HPP Quote - da Vinci

When we think of Leonardo da Vinci, we think of an artist, one of the world’s best painter’s, for having produced The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but he was more than that.  He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer, and learned a vast range of technical skills. He was a man that did it all, and centuries later, many are still in awe of his genius.

Not much is known of his early childhood, but someone must have encouraged his imagination.

There are many different teaching styles today available for young children.  Each one has its Pros, and I’m sure each one has its Cons.  Finding what works best for your child if he or she is struggling in one environment could make a lifelong difference in how they view the world of learning, and how successful and happy they are as they evolve into adulthood.   Instead of making a child feel worse than he or she already does about not succeeding, or making them repeat a grade in the same environment that they just failed at, know there are other options available:

  • Some children are meant to be in traditional classrooms learning the traditional way.
  • Some may need a private school with more structure.
  • Some children will fail in both of those environments and need a smaller learning environment to thrive and focus.
  • Some need hands-on learning like a Montessori.
  • Some may need home-schooling.
  • Some may flourish in the Unlearning sector that is now available.
  • And, what works for one of your children, may not work for the other.

One thing I believe each category will agree on is that your child needs to be creative and passionate in his or her learning environment to learn.  Don’t give up on something so important.  If your child is in a traditional school and you think he or she may need a smaller environment but you cannot pay full tuition for a private school, then possibly turn to the home-school parent sector and ask for names of parents that may include your child in their home for teaching for a nominal fee.  Or if you want a private school, maybe ask the school what ways could be arranged for your child to attend that school, how many hours would you have to volunteer to help ease the burden of a full tuition.  Sometimes, all we need to do is to ask.

There are many options available. Just watch your child, and he or she will show you exactly how they need to learn.  Our roles as parents is to just keep searching for what works best.

Parents, Teachers, and Harry Pierre & PeTunia - encouraging imaginations and working together to make a better tomorrow for all children!

--Debbie Caldwell