I love to use as many visual tools as time and money will permit because I have had a lot of success learning many things through the use of visuals. So if my kids are having trouble grasping concepts they are trying to study, I love to have different visuals and manipulatives on hand if it will be helpful to enlighten the understanding.
Just today, I spent a good deal of time making some flashcards for Aaron’s upcoming Science and History studies. Since he will be studying the Science of Classification, there are going to be a lot of new words to grasp and understand. I was also able to find charts on different websites that show how plants and animals are classified and a neat poster that shows the seven main levels of taxonomy. I printed them off and laminated them to help make them more durable.
Aaron will also becoming familiar with a few pioneers in taxonomy, John Ray and the “Father of Taxonomy”, Carolus Linnaeus. I think it helps to be able to “see” what these gentlemen looked like so I was able to find paintings of them and printed them off onto my own homemade flashcards. I printed the information about the men onto the back side of the flashcard.
In order to help Sydney understand how to tell time, I made a clock so that she could see that the circle was whole, it was a whole hour. I cut the clock in half and that helped her see that half the hour was now gone. Then I took it a step further and cut another clock into fourths. She could see that fifteen minutes past the hour is a quarter past or one-fourth of an hour. She could also see that forty-five minutes is three-fourths of an hour. Using the clock visuals helped Sydney understand how to tell time, much easier and quicker.