The Natural Homeschooler
It might seem like your child belongs in the Hundred Acre Woods because your child is a bouncing Tigger, a
productive Rabbit, a gloomy Eeyore, or
a relaxed Pooh. That’s their personality
Understand a child’s bent and it will be easier to teach him or her. There are four core
personality types that go back to Greek
• Popular Sanguine, like Tigger, is noisy,
social, loud, and bouncy.
• Powerful choleric, like Rabbit, sets
goals, leads naturally, and is driven.
• Perfect melancholy, like Eeyore, is
sensitive, perfectionist, wants structure,
analyzes things, is introverted, and
whines when upset.
• Phlegmatic, like Pooh, is a peacemaker,
naturally humorous, relaxed, and procrastinates.
Those are basic descriptions. You may
instantly recognize what category your
child is in, or you may want to do an online
test to identify your child’s dominant and
Consider what motivates your child’s personality type.
Interacting with people, fun activities, and
stories of people motivates the sanguine
person. She wants to work with someone or
be surrounded by people. Set up her work-
space in the family room or center of the
classroom. Let her have a study buddy, read
online to a family member, and enroll her in
some group activities. Let her workspace be
bright and include a bulletin board where
she can pin photos.
A powerful choleric child is motivated by
charts, rewards, and goals, and likes control.
She wants a calendar, reward chart, and
space she can control and set up. She would
prefer to pick her spot for her desk and help
set the goals and choose the books to use
for each subject.
A perfect melancholy likes privacy and
space and is motivated by order and encouragement. He might want a curtained
or screened-off area or spot in his bedroom
for studying. He might like to write in a
logbook or journal to record progress, but
wants it to remain private. He might take
a long time on assignments because of the
desire to be perfect. Encourage this child
to relax and accept less than perfect. Allow
extra time for studying. He won’t want to
join groups until he observes them for a
while and knows the schedule because he
wants to be prepared. This child is analytical so choose books with maps, charts, and
hands-on experiments for investigating.
The relaxed phlegmatic child is motivated
by the promise of peace, time to relax, and
food. Avoid letting this child work in bed
or on a couch, as she will tend to fall asleep.
She will want a comfortable chair and easy
access to supplies, books, and tools. A chair
with wheels makes it easy to glide over to
where items are stored.
No Two Kids Are Alike—
Teaching to Your
By Karen Whiting