Children have different ways of learning which are loosely grouped into three main types by the educational experts–auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Once parents know the learning styles of kids, they will help their child learn more effectively. So part of this process is for parents to understand their own learning style, as we want to teach that way.
Read on to find out what kind of learner both you and your child are. But it is worth remembering before you pigeonhole yourself or your child that while you may have a dominant learning style, everybody takes a little bit of all types to learn about the world around them.
How to understand the learning styles of kids
An early understanding of the preferential learning style of your child will help you inspire them to learn when you’re working with them at home. It is also important to know your own style because it could contradict your child’s own style.
Look at the four styles below and strive first to discover your own way of learning Note that it is possible to fit into a combination of learning styles. After doing this, determine the style of your kid.
You can then determine how your child differs from you and whether, complimentary helping them learn at home, you and their strengths can then be used?
Learning styles Of Kids
Psychologists have a number of ways of categorizing the learning styles of kids, but here are four as a starting point.
1. Visual learner
Visual learners observe and are attracted to art from the world around them. You may find this form of learner watching drawings, lingering over illustrations in books and showing a keen interest in photographs Visual learners tend to enjoy screens— whether they’re computers, televisions, or movies— and retain the knowledge they discover there.
Also, these types of learners have vivid memories. If your child is a visual learner, they may be particularly competent to remember names, places, and people. From a young age, they may even have demonstrated these abilities by remembering the places you returned to together.
Ways to encourage this ‘visual learner’ type of thinking:
- Using memory and board games to create visual patterns
- Use all types of picture books for children, particularly as they get older
- Suggest visual clues when reading together – encourage your child to ‘ see ‘ their own minds as they read the story
- Teaching ‘ mind-mapping ‘ strategies to older kids to help them understand and remember complex information
- Display videos of plays, movies, etc. to enhance the stories they are learning.
2. Kinesthetic learner
Kinesthetic learners are tactile learners. If a child is great at sports, or a natural dancer, you’ll know if your child has that energy. Normally, these learners have a good sense of balance, and they learn best by touching or doing things themselves. For example, this type of learner tends to use a lot of movements, or while she’s counting she might count on her fingers or clap along.
Whether early crawlers and walkers or especially physical infants, kinesthetic learners may have even displayed some of these traits whether babies or toddlers. If so, it is possible that those qualities remained with her as she grew older.
Ways To encourage ‘kinesthetic learner’ type of thinking:
- Movements help these kids concentrate – allow them to move around every so often when they study
- Chewing gum, doodling or fiddling with something like beads will help them focus
- Using hands-on games and experiments, art projects, nature walks or acting out stories, so they’ll ‘ see ‘ the activities
- Avoid things they don’t like – long-range planning, complex assignments, paper & pencil tasks workbooks.
3. Auditory learner
The auditory learners are drawn to sound. They may be musicians in particular and show an aptitude to play instruments or sing. They are good listeners, and they often have verbal skills. They do well to follow the oral instructions.
Has your child perked up as an infant while conversations were taking place around her? Did she hear the sound of rain when other kids were unaware of it? Does your kid understand better when she’s talking to herself aloud? If so, then you are likely to have a kid who will learn best by listening.
Ways to encourage ‘auditory learner’ type of thinking:
- Promote them to create their own word problems
- Get them to tell you a story, and watch it while you’re writing or typing it
- Reading aloud and recording the session for later playback
- Purchase or borrow books on CD
- For older kids, record details so they can listen back to it, maybe on your iPod!
4. Logical learner
While the three above are the main styles discussed, some experts are talking about learners who are logical or analytic. These learn by exploring patterns and understanding how things relate. These learners are:
- Enjoy about how things work
- Is capable of thinking very critically at a very young age
- Asking a lot of questions so that they can understand how things interrelate
- Demonstrate an early ability to solve mathematical problems
- Can comprehend strategy games at a young age.
Ways To encourage ‘logical learner’ type of thinking
- Do scientific experiments together and get them to record the results.
- Use your computer learning games and word puzzles.
- Introduce non-fiction and rhyme books.
Learning styles is a term referring to various ways we learn the process, and retain information. All young kids learn by positive realistic experiences— by touching, doing and moving So kids learn by seeing so listening, too. When you watch your child, you’ll start identifying strengths and interests that tell you something about the preferred learning style of your child.
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