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Parent Tips – February

Boy and Girl

“God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” — Gen. 1:27

As part of our Family Honor parent-child programs and online course, Family Honor talks about gender complementarity. One of the resources that parents have found helpful over the years is a brief overview of the different styles of learning and communicating that boys and girls have. Here’s a quick reference guide:

Learning Differences in Boys and Girls

 
Boys Girls
Are more deductive in their thinking. Begin with general concepts and apply the principle to more specific outcomes. Begin with concrete examples and add more information in order to see the general theory.
Work better with abstract concepts. Work better with concrete objects and manipulatives.
Produce fewer words than girls and prefer to work silently during learning process. Produce more words than boys and prefer to verbalize during the learning process.
Hear less of the details of a lecture and want more logical evidence to support the concept. Listen better and process more of the details of what is said.
Get bored more easily than girls and tend to use more space and move around when they are learning. Better at self-managing boredom and do not need to move as much when learning.
Prefer symbolic texts, diagrams and graphs. Both like pictures, but boys rely on them more for learning. (Right hemisphere more developed.) Prefer the written word. (More connections between the right and left hemisphere.)
 Like to work in groups but tend to create structured teams. Boys spend less time than girls managing group process and picking leaders. They focus more on the goal or task. Like to work in groups but tend to form looser organizations. Accomplishing the goal or task is important, but more time is spent focusing on the relational aspects of group work.
 Find jargon and coded language more interesting. Prefer usable, everyday language and like specific details.