This evening Lauren (15) was preparing for a Biology test while the rest of us watched “Marley and Me.” She took a break and came downstairs to give us a preview of what she was studying.
Lauren understands that she is a visual learner and uses flash cards to very good effect. Somewhere along the way she determined that she doesn’t respond as well to blue or black writing as she does to other colors, so she made her current set of flash cards with purple and yellow pens. Don’t ask me.
Allow me one little example of her approach to learning: knowing that “ventre” is the French word for stomach helps her to remember that “ventral” refers to the front surfaces of any structure. Same thing with “dos” (French word for back) and “dorsal.” Lauren thought French and Biology were completely unrelated subjects, then she started discovering connections like these.
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Our thinking about education has always been that we want the kids to love learning, as that’s something they’ll enjoy all their lives. Lauren showed us this evening an awesome example of how she’s drinking in facts and information and finding new ways in which to connect pieces of her world. It’s a great encouragement and delight to see her education actually blossoming – like she is – right before our eyes.