Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learners By Jen Lilienstein

For all the mommies, daddies, teachers and other readers with children, I am going to share with you an excellent book that will teach you how to ‘teach’ your children in a way they will be more receptive and responsive to the techniques you use. The book is called A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learner.

About A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learner

This is a detailed, practical guide to help parents (and teachers) understand how different personality types learn best, and includes a personality quiz. The techniques parents learn in this book series will teach them specific, research-backed, actionable strategies amassed from nearly 100 reference texts with respect to how to create a learning environment that allows their kids to excel and develop confidence in their abilities, how to support and encourage their kids' education in ways that are best for him or her, and how to teach kids the strategies that help them each play to their individual learning strengths.

 The book reveals how each of the eight personality types naturally gets organized, gets motivated, approaches new concepts, Learns in groups, takes notes and files knowledge, tackles homework and test prep, and handles success and failure.                   {Blurb from}

 Stephanie's Review of A Parent’s Playbook for Learning

 Since I enjoy reviewing books of all genres I decided that as a mother, A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learners would be a great learning experience for myself aside from just posting a review. I expected the book to be a general ‘how-to’ book broken down into eight sections with different learning personalities and the proper techniques on how to teach your child accordingly. Boy, was I underestimating the resources in this book!

As expected, it does discuss the eight different personality profiles but the techniques and suggestions are very indepth and very resourceful.

So what are the eight personality profiles? 
  1. Extraverted Feeler
  2. Extraverted Intuitive
  3. Extraverted Sensor
  4. Extraverted Thinker
  5. Introverted Feeler
  6. Introverted Intuitive
  7. Introverted Sensor
  8. Introverted Thinker

So, which one is your child? Not sure? Don’t worry because A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learners breaks it down in a simple in a chart to help you decide which one best suites your child. I found this a great tool since some parents and teachers aren’t fully aware of what each personality profile consists of.  Selecting the right one is as simple as choosing your child’s personality characteristics from a list.

The next thing I really enjoyed about this A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learners and find very important to mention, is that it does not just discuss the profiles and the techniques. Instead, the book starts off helping you determine your child’s personality profile followed by techniques and tips for putting the techniques into action. It suggests that you start with only a few changes at the time to avoid turning your child’s world upside down all at once.

After explaining the personality profiles and how to make changes to your teaching techniques, the book then discusses various techniques for teaching each profile. Here are the subjects discussed for each profile:

Getting Organized
Approaching New Concepts
Note Taking & “Filing” Knowledge
Homework & Test Preparation
Group Learning
Enrichment Activities
Motivation and Underachievement
Handling Successes & Failures
Effective Teacher Communications

Each section is very thorough and includes tons of tips and techniques and even learning diagrams that you can use with your child.

I believe this book is a great resource for any parent or teacher, especially those dealing with children who have learning disabilities or don’t seem to be struggling. Those struggling may not actually have a problem with learning, but more so how they learn. If your child doesn’t seem to be ‘getting it’ consider a different approach based on their learning/personality profile. I can speak from personal experience with my sister who has a serious learning disability from a previous accident, that not all learning techniques are created equal! Knowing how to approach each child according to their learning abilities and personality profiles are the key to teaching them in a way that they will comprehend and retain the materials you are trying to teach.

Please Note: The Subjects/Chapter and the Profiles listed above were used with permission from the author. I felt that it was extremely important to list exactly what is published in A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learners in order for my readers to have a better idea on what the book teaches.

About the Author:  Jen Lilienstein

Jen Lilienstein is the Founder of Kidzmet.coma web site that analyzes kids’ personality types,  multiple intelligence preferences and predominant cognitive style to help parents understand how their kids learn best and help teachers connect better and faster with their students. Ms. Lilienstein’s work has been praised by both Parent Tested Parent Approved and The National Parenting Center. Ms. Lilienstein is also weekly contributor on the Total Education Network, which is syndicated on 80+ networks and heard by more than a million people in 180 countries around the world.

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WHERE TO BUY: A Parent's Playbook for Learning

A Parent’s Playbook for Learning: 8 Types of Learners By Jen Lilienstein is available online at multiple book stores in both hard copy and ebook formats.

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