Understanding your child’s learning style is one of the best things you can do to support their development. There’s no magical technique that works the same for every child. Some might excel through reading, hearing an explanation, or doing practical exercises.
What Type Of Learner Is Your Child?
Knowing what type of learning your child responds to the best can help you shape their learning environment to their needs. This post covers the main types of learning and how to identify which ones fit your child.
What Is A Learning Style
A learning style refers to how information is received, processed, comprehended, and stored. Kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and reading/writing are the four main learning styles identified and discussed by experts.
Most children will favor one of these above the rest, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only learning style to focus on. The best learning technique is often a blend of multiple—or all—of these learning styles.
This one might have you looking for the largest selection of children’s jigsaw puzzles. These learners are practical and learn by doing rather than by observing. One might say that some kinesthetic learners seem to observe by doing.
Your child could be a kinesthetic learner if
- They struggle with remaining still while learning.
- They enjoy physical activities (sports, board games, science experiments, puzzles, etc.).
- They tend to jump straight into doing a task.
- They prefer hands-on, active tasks.
Help a kinesthetic learner by
- Creating plenty of practice exercises to use while studying.
- Coming up with study games that involve physical engagement.
- Expecting to fidget and providing a fidget toy or stress ball.
- Incorporating full-body movement into studying.
These types of learners benefit from seeing information represented visually. Graphs, charts, diagrams, demonstrations, and other visual aids help them grasp new concepts. They excel when they can, in some way, see the task at hand. This could be to see and conceptualize the process, the result, or something relevant to comprehending the new topic.
Your child could be a visual learner if
- They enjoy visually stimulating activities (painting, drawing, etc.).
- They’re good at recalling places and people they’ve encountered before.
- Their explanations or recollections of memories include descriptions of visually observed information.
- They respond well to examples of tasks or activities being completed.
You can help them by
- Using flashcards when studying.
- Conceptualizing or consolidating information by creating diagrams, charts, and mind maps.
- Color-coding or indexing notes.
This type of learner learns through listening to explanations or engaging in dialogue. They find it easier to engage with the topic when an auditory aid accompanies learning. This could be an instructional audio, a verbal explanation, or an opportunity to converse with someone who can answer questions.
Your child could be an auditory learner if
- They have an aptitude for activities that engage their hearing, like music.
- They tend to ask questions on a topic or task.
- They enjoy talking, asking questions, and having conversations.
- They like listening to all instructions before doing something.
- They sing, hum, or talk while learning or doing any regular activity.
- They’re good at recalling information, words, and phrases they have heard before.
You can help them by
- Encouraging the creation of verbal narratives to help remember things.
- Using rhymes or other entertaining verbal recollections of study work.
- Reading things aloud (the student or the teacher).
- Conversing about sections of work the child struggles with.
These learners find it easier to remember and understand new information by writing it down or reading it from a book. Reading and writing learners might find it more helpful to learn from books, articles, textbooks, and other literary learning aids.
Your child may be a reading and writing learner if
- They enjoy reading books.
- They like writing stories.
- They’re good at remembering what they’ve written or read.
- They take notes when learning about something.
- They like writing down given instructions before starting something.
You can help a reading/writing learner by
- Using a structured format to write notes (headings, subheadings, different sections, etc.)
- Encouraging them to take notes by hand (sometimes rewriting things to solidify the memory).
- Writing entertaining stories that contain keys to help remember things.
- Writing checklists of tasks or topics that must be studied.
What To Consider As A Parent
You might be able to quickly figure out what learning style is predominant for your child. But it could also take some time. It might even require consistent observation as it may change over time.
Find out your child’s strengths by giving them activities and asking questions that relate to each learning style. Then take note of what works best and what doesn’t. Remember that your child may learn best by incorporating multiple learning styles into one solid method.
When you know their learning style, you can use the knowledge to help them by making the learning process easier and more engaging. But school isn’t the only place it’s applicable. You can consider their learning style when thinking of your parenting style or helping them learn to handle everyday life.
Child Learning Style: Final Thought
Learning styles significantly affect how your child develops and engages with the world around them. As a parent, knowing your child’s dominant learning styles enables you to help them learn to their fullest potential.
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