Review ~ Learning In Spite Of Labels by Joyce Herzog

I highly recommend Learning In Spite Of Labels to any parent not just those who have struggling learners. There are so many wonderful ideas in this book on education, ways to learn and work around struggles.

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Learning styles has been a topic of interest to me for the past year. So I was very excited to receive a copy of Learning In Spite Of Labels by Joyce Herzog to review.

Joyce Herzog has a passion for teaching and helping people to learn how to learn.  She has been an educator for 25 years in public and private schools.  Joyce Herzog has also been serving homeschoolers with her speaking and writing for over 25 years.

I loved reading Learning In Spite Of Labels and I'm already reading it for the second time and reading it aloud to my hubby. I love that this book is written from a Christian perspective, and filled with tips and suggestions on how to help your children learn.  I love finding solutions to try!

 Learning in Spite of Labels

It's Table of Contents:

  • Section One: What Do I Need To Know?

  • What Does It Feel Like to Be Learning Disabled?

  • A Look At Learning

  • Behavior and Strengths

  • Issues to Consider

  • Section Two: What Do I Need To Do?

  • Introduction to Doing

  • ABC's of Learning

  • Twenty-Five Teaching Techniques that WORK!

  • Teeny Tiny Teaching Tips

  • Section Three: Where Do I Start?

  • Begin At the Very Beginning!

  • Setting the Stage

  • A Person, Not a Problem

  • Section Four: And Furthermore

  • Learning Styles

  • The Law

  • Learning Problems in History

  • History Repeated

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Vision Skills and Therapy

  • Speech and Language Development

  • Individualized Education Plan

  • Depression: Causes and Cures

  • Appendix A: Resource Guide

  • Appendix B: Author Information

  • Afterward

The book starts out trying to show you how it feels to be learning disabled.  Your first task is to write an important date and place on a piece of paper.  Yes it sounds simple enough doesn't it?  But the trick is you have to hold the paper on your forehead while you write.  Then see how well you were able to write it.  It gives you a different perspective on how others may struggle to do what you think of as a simple task.  Would you like to be judged based on what you just wrote?

Then it moves into how people learn information and how sudden a change it is for a child to go from a freestyle learning environment to an 8 hour school day.  So many options of expression are removed from their abilities before they maybe ready for reading and writing.

Joyce talks about how in some ways we are all learning disabled, in that she isn't good at understanding how things work and her husband can't style girls hair.  It really depends on what standard you are measuring against.  I agree with this in many ways.  My hubby can play many instruments wonderfully, me?  Well you don't want me to sing trust me!

The section on 25 Teaching Tips that Work is a gold mine of ideas, from thanking God for the situation and praying for his guidance and blessing to providing frequent review in different learning styles.

The Teeny Tiny Teaching Tips section is filled with little nuggets for all parents.  One of my favourites was if your child has trouble telling right from left, put little smiley faces inside the arch of each shoe.  The shoes are on the right feet if the smiles are facing and "kissing".

To help mark the left and right hand side of the page, put a green dot in the left margin and red dot in the right margin.  Green means start and red means stop.  There are just so many ideas for hands on learning that this will be a book I refer to often!

I highly recommend Learning In Spite Of Labels to any parent not just those who have struggling learners.  There are so many wonderful ideas in this book on education, ways to learn and work around struggles.

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