Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jonah and the Naturalist Style of Learning


Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) - "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

The learning style that we want to ponder today is called the Naturalist. These students strengths are in the area of learning from field trips, animals, and the subtle differences in nature. They tend to think through nature and natural forms. These are the students who love pets, gardens, and caring for planet Earth. They tend to grow up and become the biologists, animal activists and nuturalists in our world.

Jonah is an example in the Bible. Jonah needed to be taught by God, and it took weather and marine life to get through to him. God first sent a terrible storm, and when Jonah still didn't fully learn, God had to give Jonah a field trip - in the belly of a great fish. After all of this, Jonah learned the lesson that God wanted him to - complete obedience.

Jesus would reach out to these kind of learners by making references to the "lilies of the field," "the birds of the air," and other natural commodities.

This week, seek ways to incorporate nature into your lessons to help these kind of learners succeed.

For Kingdom Education,

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