What Roadblocks Stop Your Child?
Each personality has triggers that can cause a shutdown or stop
progress. These are:
• Lack of fun for the sanguine, so end the day with a shared
snack time or play date and end the week with an outing.
Choose books that include stories. Include show-and-tell
time for child to share what he learned or act out a history or
language art lesson.
• Loss of control for choleric crushes her and she’ll start to
argue more. Let her set a schedule and help plan the work.
Give her stickers to put on a chart as she meets goals. Talk
about what works and what is not working and switch books
or programs if needed. Retest avoided subjects to be sure the
child is on the right level since she learns fast. Let this child
tutor a younger child in a favorite subject as responsibility
and leading someone is a great motivator.
• Disorder and chaos make life difficult for the perfect
melancholy, so schedule time to clean out his or her desk or
work area at the end of the school day and end of the week.
Provide organization and a schedule for the days. If the child
whines, stop and listen to her needs. Give more encouragement.
• Disruption and lack of peace makes the phlegmatic
despair. Talk softer, use humor, and schedule short breaks
between subjects. Keep supplies in reach so the child will not
stop because he doesn’t want to go get something. Use jokes
and take time to laugh. Be firm about completing assignments before snacks or playtime.
Purchase the Right Books
Your child’s personality is key to what tools and books might
• Sanguines like books with stories that focus on people and
include games and social interaction as part of learning. Look
for history books that focus on the people and their stories.
Consider having costumes to dress up for different eras. In
science, include books that share stories or those who made
discoveries or invented something.
• Cholerics like facts and the basic information. They tend to
learn quickly and don’t want books with lots of repetition.
They want to reach the goal of completing a book, so divide
the book into the number of weeks you will work on it and
stay on schedule.
• Melancholy students work slow and steady but remember
what they have learned. They like books with charts, experiments, facts, and information they can analyze. This child is
often artistic and may like lots of art supplies to make each
subject more colorful.
• Phlegmatics like humor, so a book with funny facts in-
cluded can grab their interest. They will work better with a
reward system. This child naturally likes to sit and read and
play board games, so provide those to go with subjects. Start
the day with a few jokes so they will be in a good humor.
He wants comfort and takes longer to transition to the next
subject, so larger blocks of time on one subject is better. That
may mean one subject or two per day rather than all of them
each day. They like a routine and will adapt when they know
what you expect. He or she needs timed warnings before
Continue observing your child’s bent and note what works
best. They are not cookie cutter kids and the homeschool
atmosphere allows you to teach to each one’s temperament.
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