My journey into studying children’s learning styles began 2 years ago when I realized that the training method I used for my first child wasn’t working for my second child. I was thrown off balance. This was the only method I knew but obviously it wasn’t taking me anywhere……I became a little confused. Thank God for the wisdom of education and knowledge. So I decided to do a little research on what worked and what didn’t.
So here is what I learned out……..
A child’s personality is a combination of traits that gets displayed depending on the time, environment, experience and expectations. These traits have a way of impacting a child’s learning style. As a parent, your ability to know and master your child’s learning style may help your child reach his/her full developmental potential. Mastering learning style can catapult a supposedly distracted below average child into an A+ radius. By the way, learning styles can also be applied to adults. When I read into multiple articles, I was able to understand and appreciate why I study better and longer (12 hours stretch at times) sitting on the carpet in my bedroom rather than sitting at a table in the library like a “”supposedly regular person”.
Naturally, at the beginning of life, children learn through hands-on experience like touching and doing things, seeing and hearing. But as they grow, they begin to adopt their innate traits and individual learning styles. Their strengths and preferences begin to emerge. This is where you have to be sensitive to their learning styles and see in which of the classes below they fall into.
How do you determine your child’s learning style? By studying the child and how he/she processes information.
So what are the types of learnings styles?
#1. Visual learners- These type of learners learn better and faster using diagrams, charts, pictures. They are the “show me and I’ll understand” type. They think in pictures. What has helped me with my children is having to-do lists, assignment logs, written instructions (whatever they can see and mostly paste on their wall) for them every week especially Saturdays and Sundays. It makes the task look do-able and as they cross off the completed tasks, they feel happier. Since this type learn through seeing, be careful not to put any unnecessary pictures on their wall. They tend to have a wide imagination and will get distracted easily. Reduce movements and actions where they study. A sober environment is the best.
#2. Auditory Learners- These are children that learn through listening. They prefer verbal instructions. To explain to these children, experts say you sometimes need to engage them in discussions and talking through. Present information to and take information from them verbally. Children who exhibit this strength learn best in a quiet environment where there is less noise distractions.
#3. Kinesthetic Learners- This class do very well when engaged with their activities like in a science lab, drama presentation, skit, field trips, dance etc. Through this, “they can physically sense what is being studied, experience abstract ideas brought to life through examples and applications and interact with others in the process.” Motion is important to them. I belong to this class of learners. We learn through moving and doing things periodically. We have short attention span therefore it will be better if you give people like me mini breaks (5-10mins) in the midst of studying or long lectures otherwise you will lose us in the middle. A good method of studying is to soliloquize when trying to memorize or get a concept right. I soliloquize almost all the time.
#4. Tactile Learners: Typically common in early years of life (pre-school and kindergarten). This class of learners prefer to touch and use their hands while learning.
As and FYI…..“Children enter kindergarten as kinesthetic and tactual learners, moving and touching everything as they learn. By second or third grade, some students have become visual learners. During the late elementary years some students, primarily females, become auditory learners. Yet, many adults, especially males, maintain kinesthetic and tactual strengths throughout their lives.”
Reading the above, have you been able to place your child’s learning style? I know this information really helped me in supporting my children especially the kinesthetic learners. Let me know your thoughts in the reply box below.
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Thanks to these resources
Teaching Secondary Students Through Their Individual Learning Styles, Rita Stafford and Kenneth J. Dunn; Allyn and Bacon, 1993)