My son is starting kindergarten in the fall (who are we kidding...late summer), and as such, his preschool has held a "Kindergarten Camp" for the past few weeks in hopes of better preparing these little people and their emotional parents for the big cross over (Think Selena crossing over to the US..."big crossover"). Kindergarten Camp has consisted of things such as packing a snack in their lunch box, not coddling them during drop off, weekly reading lists, and packets of homework. Although my son is nervous about starting kinder, he has been REALLY into every aspect of kindergarten camp.
During the last few weeks, my husband and I have learned a lot about my son's learning style. I have always had the inkling that my son learns the same as I do, which was totally confirmed while doing his homework packets the past few weeks. My husband and I have noticed that he memorizes things super fast, he understands things with relative ease which make those hard to learn things VERY frustrating, he can't be pushed too much or he shuts down, and he needs to be in the right environment to do his work (don't we sound like the IDEAL students?!). It has been a really interesting experience that I think we have both been preparing ourselves for since he was a baby. My husband and I speak totally different languages when it comes to how we learn and comprehend things, so it has always been important for us to understand which of our kids have each of our personalities so that we can best figure out how to help them through learning, decision making, etc.
My husband and I agreed that I should probably be the one to help my son with most of his homework every night since I "speak his language". I broke down his homework tasks in a way that he understood, which caused minimal frustration, and when I could feel it getting too loud for both of us I would "ask" my husband to quiet down or move the twins into the next room. The result? My son kept asking to do more homework sheets. He found that it was fun and it made him feel like a big boy and independent.
Each night my husband would ask me how homework time went and asked me for tips on how to work with him. Ask me "why" we feel the way that we do about being pushed (So annoying, but I get it), and how he can best help our little man to understand.
It was brand new, uncharted territory for us and I am proud of how we have been handling it so far. We feel like a real team who is working together to nurture our child the best way that we can. I love my husband so much for being willing to work with me like this.
Alternately, Daddy had homework duty one night while I was out, and he had a completely different experience. My son never got frustrated, but he asked to be left alone to do his homework by himself, whereas I sat with him the entire time. When he was done, my husband came to check on his work.
I'm not sure if learning styles were a thing our parents took into consideration (I'm gonna say "hell naw" in my case), but it's something that my husband and I have found super beneficial and something that I think our kids appreciate..whether they realize it or not. It has proved to make life with our kids easier than they could be otherwise, and LCL is ALWAYS down for that.