I have spent the last several years trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t in our homeschool. Discovering how my children learn best and more about their personalities has been a big part of our homeschooling journey. It hasn’t been easy. My older daughter learns in a more traditional way, but my younger daughter has a very different learning style (which is complicated by the fact that she has chronic health problems and neurological issues, including a diagnosis on the autism spectrum). Then I learned about Kidzmet, and it became much easier.
What Kidzmet Is
Kidzmet provides customized learning profiles based on a very easy (and FREE) assessment that your kids take online. (There’s even a beta version of an assessment for non-readers, which worked well for my little one and was just as accurate as the assessment for readers.) While the report that you get at no cost provides a lot of great information, the Playbooks go into more detail and cover more aspects of the learning process.
Note: Kidzmet doesn’t address learning difficulties and disabilities, and the beginning of the Playbook recommends that you use the techniques and strategies recommended by experts for your child’s particular learning challenges along with Kidzmet, which was developed for the average learner.
What I Learned from Kidzmet
The personality profiles Kidzmet provides and the suggestions for teaching are invaluable. I had figured out quite a bit about my girls already, but Kidzmet showed me why the things that work in our homeschool work so well.
My younger daughter is an Extroverted Feeling Judger (EFJ). After reading her Playbook, I understood why she needs to have me close when she’s doing her lessons. Why she needs to talk while she works. Why she is so drawn to art, dance, and music. Why she “acts out” math problems with toys and manipulatives, telling herself stories as she works. All of these are part of her personality and learning style, and they help her process information in the way that’s most effective for her, which helps us work through those learning differences.
My older daughter is an Introverted Sensing Judger. Now I understand why she prefers to do her school work alone, take frequent breaks to play or read for a few minutes by herself, and why she’ll move around until she finds a place to suit her mood. She needs quiet time and space to think through everything and process it as she works. She enjoys spending time with us and interacting with us, but when she’s really working, she needs solitude.
I had figured these things out through trial and error but didn’t understand why my daughters functioned this way. There were also things I learned through their Playbooks that I didn’t know and am busy putting into practice now:
- Both have a need for checklists and schedules they can follow to show them the progress they’re making in their daily to-do list and long-term projects.
- My younger daughter needs to learn how to use different types of graphic organizers to help her think through topics in a more organized way so that she can use the information for assignments and projects.
- I need to give my older daughter the opportunity to “teach” me (and her younger sister) sometimes so that she can process the information.
There’s more I need to work on including in our homeschool to optimize the girls’ learning experience, but you get the idea, right? Kidzmet Playbooks are packed with information about your child’s learning style and personality type!
Why You Need Kidzmet
Using Kidzmet will save you a lot of time. The things I had already figured out about my children had come from over five years of teaching them, using trial and error. Yet every single thing I found out on my own was included in their Playbooks—and even more that I hadn’t discovered yet! (Now, all the work is done for me! I will just use the suggested strategies.)
The Playbook Kit also comes with a CD of printable templates. These templates range from graphic organizers to project planners and will help you easily implement what you learn in the Playbook. (The eBooks don’t come with the CD or the activities book mentioned below.)
Another bonus in each Kit is a little book called 101 Learning Activities to Stretch & Strengthen Your Child’s Multiple Intelligences. These activities are great for all personality types and are easy to do with your child. Each activity is designed to help children see that there are many ways to be smart and to help them begin to develop all their “smarts.”
Getting Kidzmet for Your Homeschool
Kidzmet provides several options with price points for every budget.
- The Personalized Kit will become a LIMITED EDITION, available only for special promotions, very soon. The Kidzmet website says they’re available while supplies last for $49.95. This includes the Playbook binder personalized throughout with your child’s name, the printable templates CD, and the multiple intelligences book.
- Playbooks are already available in various e-reader formats for just $9.99 each, and their availability will not change.
- Paperback Playbook of your child’s learning style for $14.99.
- The Paperback Playbook Kit will include the paperback Playbook of your child’s learning style, printable templates CD, and multiple intelligences activity book for $19.99.
- A new Teacher’s Kit will include a paperback Playbook for each of the 8 learning styles, the printables CD, the Learning Activities book, and 1 full year of a Kidzmet classroom account–where teachers can profile ALL of their students, send student snapshots to parents, use the student segmenter app, and find out how they “fit” with each of their students. All of this will cost $99.99.
You can also enter to win ONE of the Limited Edition Personalized Playbooks for Learning right here! This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. You must be 18 or older to win. This giveaway is not associated with or connected to any social media site. The winner will have 48 hours to respond via email with a U.S. mailing address. Please read the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools widget.
Can’t Wait to Get Your Hands on Kidzmet?
If you just can’t wait to get Kidzmet for your family:
- Check out my friend Amber’s review of Kidzmet at Classic Housewife. (There’s another giveaway!)
- Visit the Kidzmet website: http://www.kidzmet.com
- Connect with Kidzmet on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kidzmet
- Connect with Kidzmet on Twitter: @kidzmet