“The Big ‘What Now’ Book of Learning Styles” – Book Review

This summer I enjoyed a book written by one of our past CHEC speakers, Carol Barnier. ‘What Now’ gives humorous and practical examples of how to discuss various learning styles. All too often as a Learning Services Consultant, I have teachers sharing about children struggling with their schoolwork.  Often the struggle is not necessarily because the child has a learning disability or a cognitive challenge. Perhaps the child is not having his/her learning style considered. It’s easy as a parent or a teacher to teach in the way that we learn.   Barnier suggests, “The goal is to find the key – any key – that will unlock the door to understanding for every child in our care.”

In The Big ‘What Now’ Book of Learning Styles, Carol states that various learning styles, such as auditory, kinesthetic, and visual, all need to be addressed when teaching children. In order to meet children’s learning styles we need to teach using a multi-sensory approach that makes learning more enjoyable and easier to retain. Carol has written a chapter demonstrating how to teach various subjects – Spelling, Math, Writing, Geography, Science, etc. – utilizing the various learning styles. Subject icons before each suggested lesson identify the learning style or styles that lesson will accommodate.

In her last chapter, Carol writes about incorrect assumptions that we have about our children’s learning process. For example, if someone takes time to process, it does not mean that they are lacking intelligence. Also, some students that are active during learning need to be active in order to learn effectively. This chapter also encourages us to be accepting of creative answers from children, who may not always answer exactly the way we want them to, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t answering correctly.

Carol says that when we try to teach children using a style that works best for us as learners (and not the student) it can be “a recipe for frustration”. Perhaps there is more than one type of learning style that work? In order to keep track of what style is effective, she suggests keeping a journal when teaching, and taking notes on what works. Spending time figuring out what type of style(s) work for your learner takes much less time than wasting years on curricula which use learning styles that don’t help your student learn.

Carol presents lesson ideas that are fun and much more interesting than workbooks. She’s a strong proponent of teaching using songs or ditties. These are methods that become more memorable for a child when trying to recall information. She also suggests that when teaching children it’s important to teach them concepts that are part of a scaffold (ideas that build upon other pieces of known information.)

Some other techniques Carol uses are:

  •  Involving the children in the lesson: For example, when children study the planets, have each child be a planet dressed in a color or carrying something that would represent the planet/sun and stand in proper order. Play music or games from the era/area that a child is learning about in geography or history.
  • Ways of doing review: games such as “pairs” where one card represents the word and another the definition, or the practice of requiring a child to respond to a review question before each turn on any given game.

The most important message that can be taken away from this book is that all children can learn. It’s a matter of parents and teachers finding the right ‘key’ to unlock the learning for each child.

Carol completes her book by demonstrating to us how important it is that we praise our children’s work more than we criticize it. We want our children to know that we believe in them and to help them to believe in themselves. Most importantly, I believe we need to teach our children that God created them with the ability to learn and that each of them is special and has a unique learning style.

I hope you get the opportunity to read The Big ‘What Now’ Book of Learning Styles and enjoy Carol’s insights into the different approaches of teaching.


Other Books By Carol Barnier:


If I’m Diapering A Watermelon, Then Where’d I Leave The Baby?

How To Get Your Child Off The Refrigerator And Onto Learning


Book review by Lis Johnston. (Learning Services Consultant)

Curriculum and Book Sale!

This Thursday, September 4th 10am – 5pm in the library at
Heritage Christian School 907 Badke Road, Kelowna

We have some great curriculum deals and lots of fiction books as well!
We can accept cash or cheque and PO numbers from HCOS.

Spread the word!

If you are looking for something in particular, email Shandra Wiebe at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

Canadian Geography Digital Overdrive Kit

Canadian Geography Kit

We have a brand new kit available in our Learning Commons! Canadian Geography. We continue to add these digital kits to our collection and you can find them all here. If you need assistance getting started in Overdrive please let us know! Blessings from your Learning Commons team!

Canadian Historical Fiction on Overdrive (by topic)


We have added another new list on our Reading Lists page for you! This is our Canadian Historical Fiction organized by topic with links directly to our Overdrive library. We have a growing selection of Canadian Historical Fiction at all levels for you to explore. If you have yet to take advantage of our Overdrive Library I suggest that you start with some of these great books! We also have an extensive collection in our L4U library of Canadian Historical Fiction – I suggest you check out some of the great titles available there as well.

Don’t forget about our Summer Reading Contest!! We would love to see you participate!!

Client Codes and PINS for L4U Library and Overdrive

As we prepare for the new school year, we are receiving lots of requests for access to the L4U library, which offers books, curriculum and unit study kits, and Overdrive, our E-library which also offers curriculum and books!

If you had an account with us last year, your client code and pin remain unchanged.

If you are new to HCOS, you will receive your client code and pin in an email sent from L4U. It is important that you add L4U to your safe senders list and/or check your JUNK folder for the info. Your students will also receive emails – the email is sent to the email address supplied by you when you enrolled them. We will be adding new patrons weekly until October, so please watch for the email!

One client code/pin – TWO libraries!

Important Notes:
1. Only one LIBRARY account is set up per family, under the parent’s name. However each parent and student will be sent a client code and password. Students cannot book items in the physical library; all items must be booked through the parent account. However, Students can access e-books through Overdrive!
2. SAVE your new client code and pin! *You can log in using your LAST NAME instead of the client code!!
3. To learn how to use the new L4U system and learn about our shipping guidelines, visit: How to use the library.
4. Go to the library webpage at L4U library and log in.
5. You can access Overdrive details here: Overdrive
6. Please don’t hesitate to contact Shandra Wiebe swiebe@onlineschool.ca regarding the L4U library or Pippa Davies should you have any queries regarding the E Library.

The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses

From new technology to everyday materials to rebooting school woodshop and home ec classes, makerspaces challenge students to open their minds and expand their skillsets.

Source: www.edutopia.org

All the latest tools and tips about #makered and #projectbasedlearning in this article by @coolcatteacher

Canadian Picture Book List

Canadian Picture book list.jpg

We have recently added a Canadian Picture Book List on our website. These are recommendations that we may or may not have in our libraries but you will be able to source out other places. Any titles on this list that we do have available are all directly linked. We have a variety of Reading Lists available for you under the Literacy tab on our website. We will be updating many of them over the summer. We would love to hear your suggestions as well! Feel free to email any of the Learning Commons team including Pippa Davies at pdavies@onlineschool.ca , Shandra Wiebe at swiebe@onlineschool.ca or Natalie Sing at nsing@onlineschool.ca to make your suggestions.

We hope you are getting some time to read in the sun this summer!! Blessings!!

Social bookmarking site for schools. Allow students to learn, gather & share resources with classmates.

A social bookmarking site for schools. Allow students to explore, learn, gather & share resources with everyone in the class. No student sign up required! Easily share resources with anyone in the class!

Source: www.nkwiry.com

New content curation site for classroom teachers.  No student email required!  Perfect for elementary or high school teachers!!

Where have all the summer reading assignments gone? | eSchool News | eSchool News

Read Summer: a time in a child’s life where they are no longer bound by societal rules to attend school nor do anything school related.

Source: www.eschoolnews.com

Read, read, read over the summer and prevent the summer slide!!

Paper by FiftyThree

Get Paper by FiftyThree on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

Source: itunes.apple.com

Paper by 53 is the latest artsy app to make 21st century presentations look like modern works of art!  App of the year in 2012!  It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.


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