by guest author Señora Gose
One thing I’ve learned from my mentors and from my students and classes of all ages over the past 25 years of teaching (I was a public school teacher before becoming a mother) is that you just can’t FORCE learning. You can push and push and THINK they’ve got it, but they don’t. Regurgitation does not equate absorption.
Everyone (including me) is interested in doing things efficiently. Well, being “fast” actually is not efficient. Being “early” isn’t efficient. It’s TOO fast. But you don’t want to be TOO slow either…
You want to be JUUUUUUUSSSST right.
What’s the difference between learning in a manner that’s “too cold” or “too hot?” One of the biggest breakthroughs in your homeschooling career will be the day you realize that fast isn’t good, and slow isn’t bad. Those terms, those speeds, have no value actually attached to them. The moment the velocity of learning takes a back seat to the action of learning is the moment that everything will “level up.” Your anxiety will decrease, your and your children’s joy will increase and that “sweet spot” of “just right” will actually broaden. The timing of WHEN you learn, and WHEN your child learns will become a much bigger target because you are no longer shooting for a certain speed, but just for the absorption.
The methods of learning also have a Goldilocks Zone — your tools for learning can be too hot, or too cold — TOO much input and stimulation is just as bad as “not enough” during a lesson or an experience.
This principle is so important, I even made a video about it — I’m SUPER visual, so maybe this will help you, too!
Watch this short video to find the necessary tools located in the GOLDILOCKS zone in all the areas of learning, especially foreign language.
In addition to being a homeschool mom to five awesome teens — oops, four… the eldest is 20 now! — I teach Spanish classes and write Spanish curriculum, if I can help you in that arena, check out FlipFlopSpanish.com and SpanishGeniuses.com.