Editor's note: This post was originally published on June 17, 2013.
Though we may think we know our children, as they move into their elementary school years, they do experience numerous changes—some more pronounced than others. It’s always good to reflect on what we know about our children and how we can use what we know to support them emotionally and physically.
As a writer for Scholastic Parents’ Raise A Reader blog, I’ve really taken some time to peruse the Scholastic Parents site; I’ve been in awe of the cool, worthwhile, and free resources available for all parents. In Scholastic Parents Essential Tools rests the key to what I hope leads to a rockstar relationship with our children: The Personality Quiz.
The Personality Quiz is a free tool that takes all of five minutes to complete. After answering 10 questions about your child’s learning style and interests, you end up knowing exactly what makes your child tick. And knowing what makes your child tick can help you, as a parent, know what kinds of activities and resources you can provide to adequately support his or her personality style.
You can complete the quiz by yourself or have your child help you with the answers. Either way is fine.
1. Go to Scholastic Parnents Essential Tools
2. Choose your child’s age range: 3-5; 6-7; 8-10; or 11-13
3. Click on Get Started
4. Answer 10 quick questions ranging from what your child likes to do when he or she comes home from school, to favorite gifts, to after school activities.
5. Find out what type of Personality Style your child has: Scientist/Mathematician; Writer/Storyteller; Architect/Artist; or Athlete/Actor/Surgeon
Once you learn about what classroom and learning environments are best for your child, you can check out books that align with those elements. Click on the link provided to find more activities and resources to support your child’s personality style.
The Activities and Resources give me ideas to use that will really excite and engage my child on weekends, breaks from school, or even after school and evenings. Rather than waste time—and sometimes money—trying to entice my child with activities that I choose out of the blue, this list gives me focus, and it jives with my child’s unique personality.
Is it absolutely foolproof? Probably not. But what it is is a great starting point, and I appreciate that!
Have you tried the Personality Quiz? Were you surprised at the results or did you expect what you found? Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on twitter, @teachmama, and let’s continue the conversation!