This is part two of the three part series on learning levels.
The Analysis level youth is full of questions and challenges. Finding the relationships between facts and events is the focus for this level. Help your youth identify effects of various events and people on each other and history in general. Your child will let you know when they are ready to expand their learning to this stage. As they approach the teenage years, adolescents challenge what they have learned and what they are being told. Rather than becoming overly concerned as this happens, consider their questioning a signal that they are looking for deeper understanding. Consider the inquiries a desire to know for themselves rather than just taking another person’s word for it. What a great opportunity! Now is the time to have discussions on motivation, ethics, relationships and for them to begin learning to be logical, rational thinkers.
The beginnings of this self-discovery are exciting to watch. Mom, be aware. This level of learning is emotionally exhausting! (They tend question everything, and “yeah, but….” becomes a standard part of their communication style. Take this time to teach them to question with respect, and to express themselves clearly and thoughtfully.) Areas of specialization and personal interest can be detected during this stage. Help your youth set goals that will allow them to excel academically, and help them grow personally. Now is a great time for longer-term interests to be explored. Music lessons, classes in hands-on skills (wood-working, sewing, etc.), or sports can be great opportunities for growth.
More seat work is to be expected at this stage of education…gradually. Outlining, writing, research, and scrutiny become a large part of the learning process. They will have more work of which to keep track. Now is the time for practicing how to set up a notebook system, and get things organized! Give them time; encouragement is appreciated as they work to get used to following through with the effort required.
Analysis level is generally the most expensive level to teach at home. Often more specialized supplies are needing to be acquired at this stage than any other; much of what you buy will move with them in the coming years. Try and find reusable materials or share with others teaching the same level, or consider it an investment for your children and generations to come.
Encourage youth to spend time with media that enlightens and uplifts. Much of what is produced for this age (and the coming years) is dark, lacking in moral direction, and introduces topics and language that is questionable. Be aware of the media to which your children are being exposed-in your home, and elsewhere. Be sure to keep a dialogue open as they move into the teenage years. This is when parenting becomes exhilarating!
Analysis learning begins at approximately age eleven or grade five. Girls generally enter this stage before boys. Remember, this is flexible!