Most children reach their first day of school eager to learn and immerse themselves in new experiences. Somewhere along the way, though, many of these same children have the bloom rubbed off their love of learning. Some have lost it altogether.
Each child, just as each person,
processes information just a little bit differently. If children aren’t being
taught in a way that maximizes their unique learning styles, they might begin
to struggle or burn out completely. Finding out what your children need is the
first step towards ensuring they develop a lifelong love of learning.
Listening to information is the key for auditory learners. Kids who learn by listening can struggle with quiet time and are likely to be highly distractible. If your child is an auditory learner, you can help him by:
If your child learns best with a hands-on approach, she’s likely a kinesthetic learner. A kinesthetic learner is likely to be active and busy with difficulty sitting still for long periods. She might need to fidget or wiggle and likely does well in activities and subjects that require physical movements, such as art or PE.
Help your kinesthetic learner by encouraging her to:
Reading and Writing learners
Often considered the “traditional” academic, those who learn by reading and
writing generally excel in the typical academic environment. They are
especially good at absorbing information through reading and note-taking.
If your child is a reading and writing learner, you can help him:
Children who remember what they’ve seen or who visualize concepts when studying are called visual learners. These kids often do well when information is presented in chart or diagram form, and they prefer to work alone. Visual learners prefer to read and take notes.
If your child is a visual learner, you can help her by:
Some kids have more than one learning style, which gives them even more options when it comes to getting the most from their education. Using appropriate strategies can simplify learning difficult concepts or lessons or reinforce lessons your child has already learned. It can also help your child better understand his or her own strengths and abilities and combat weaknesses.
Giving your children the tools they need to learn more effectively can help them not just enjoy learning more but also make the entire process more efficient.