Children learn in a variety of ways. You as a parent have probably thought often about your child's learning style. You have noticed the things he enjoys and does well in. You have also noticed when he struggles or is disinterested in a type of activity. What are learning styles and how can you figure out your child's learning style?
Learning styles can be separated in various ways, so you may have come across a different list in the past. We will stick with just four of the basic learning styles. The best way to figure out your child's style is to watch them in a setting where you can see outcomes. Study your child while studying, doing homework, becoming engaged in a favorite topic, or learning online, and you can recognize the way he is learning; you'll have the opportunity to start narrowing down potential learning styles.
Four of the main learning styles:
1. Visual - The visual style is a typical type of learning in which children connect pictures with data. This can incorporate pictures, charts, and outlines. They're inclined to viewing (rather than tuning in) and may battle with guidelines they listen. They have a particular inclination for pictures over sound and get a kick out of the chance to build up a momentum before starting their work. To help your kid: Encourage them to use visuals provided in the material or helping him search online for their own.
2.Auditory - Auditory learners learn best by listening and rehashing it or summarizing the learning. This style functions well in traditional classrooms. Children have a tendency to appreciate group work, for example, explaining things to others, and talking up in class. These kids frequently like homework, but may enjoy reading less. They are social learners. To help your kid: tune in while your kid reports learning back to you, giving them feedback on the accuracy of their learning or its completeness.
3. Verbal - Kids who are very good at reading and writing might be good examples of the verbal learning style, which includes both the written and spoken word. They likewise have a tendency to appreciate pictures, as visual learners. They're likely reading all the time, both for school and for delight, and they also like audio books or podcasts. They also like presenting, putting answers on the board. They appreciate discussing the things they're learning. To help your kid: Try reading directions aloud and talking about them, maybe more than once. You can make up rhymes or songs to help your child remember information. give them chances to write and share their writing.
4. Physical - The physical or kinesthetic style relies on the body and feeling of touch for ideal learning. These children really appreciate taking things apart, using hand motions, and moving around even in a more serious or still environment. They need to be as active as possible, which implies they like a dynamic learning environment, one that changes often, and might need to practice things over and again. They may squirm regularly, relish a challenge or competition, and require various breaks.
To help your kid: You can permit her to get up during study sessions, use a standing desk, walk about as much as needed, and squirm as required. Attempt to add to classroom learning with family field trips and hands-on exercises. Spend a lot of time outdoors!
Regardless of your kid's learning style, Try to be flexible. Focus on figuring out how best your child learns by watching and observing them. Focus less on helping them learn better and more on learning about them. Be patient with yourself and with your child.
So many of our students spend time on social media or the internet. What's real? What's fake? What's parody? Since anyone with access to a smartphone or PC can distribute data on the web, it's getting harder to tell. As more individuals go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other online hotspots for their news and data, it's much more vital that every one of us — particularly kids — figure out how to translate what we read on the web.
There's so much fake news online that Google and Facebook are beginning to effectively get serious about distributers of false or deceiving news. Advertisement driven systems are a dilemma, since they get cash when viewers tap on these stories — so the crazier the feature, the more cash they make. Most children and teenagers get their news from these sources, so they have to figure out how to view stories. Indeed, even little children can begin to consider some key media-savvy questions. What's more, as children grow up, guardians can help kids turn out to be pretty good at media literacy.
Here are a couple of essential questions to consider at whatever point you and your children experience a bit of media:
Who made this?
Who is the intended interest group?
Who paid for this? Who gets paid in the event that you click on this?
Who may profit or be hurt by this message?
Is this possible (and what makes you imagine that)?
Older children particularly may appreciate learning tricks to spot fake news. Here are a couple of things to look for:
1. Search for URLs or site names, paying attention to those that end with "lo" or ".com.co" — these are regularly attempting to seem like honest to goodness news locales, yet they aren't.
2. Search for indications of low quality, for example, words in all CAPS, features with grammar mistakes, intense cases without any sources, and sensational pictures.
3. Check a site's "About Us" area. Discover who makes the site or who is related with it. On the off chance that this data doesn't exist — and if the site requires that you enlist before you can learn anything about its supporters — you need to ask why they aren't being straightforward.
4. Check Snopes, Wikipedia, and Google before trusting or sharing news that appears to be too great (or awful) to be valid.
5. Consider whether other credible, standard news outlets have similar news. In the event that they don't, it doesn't mean it's not valid, but rather it means you ought to burrow further.
6. Check your feelings. Clickbait and fake news take aim at emotional responses. On the off chance that the news you're perusing makes you truly furious or super pompous, it could be an indication that you're being played. Check various sources before trusting.
How does your child think about themselves? Do they believe they can get better at things? That's growth mindset. Do they feel like they aren't smart, brave, strong, or good? That is a fixed mindset. Growth mindset means that your child believes they can become smarter through effort. They believe their abilities are something they have control over. We call this efficacy.
So how can we help our children have a growth mindset? The best way is through modeling. Do you as a parent behave as if you can get smarter, improve, or gain new abilities? Reflect on the ways you show your children that you do believe you have control over your abilities. Children pick up on your beliefs even if you don't say them aloud. Make sure you are modeling growth mindset for your children.
Another way parents can support the creation of a growth mindset in their students is to "praise the process". Rather than giving your students praise for success and results, make efforts to praise them during the efforts. We call this "praising the process". Praise them for trying hard. Praise them for trying over and over again. When they fail, encourage them to fail forward, learning from their mistakes. At such a young age, the success is not nearly as important at the process. This style of praise helps children build perseverance and a belief can improve. In short, it creates a growth mindset.
For parents of older children, below is a link to a list of young adult novels that role model growth mindset.
I have written occasionally on here about unplugging from technology, both for the parents and the students perspective. But let's face it, we are all using our devices these days. Believe it or not, many of the ways we use our devices can foster positive healthy relationships with our children. Here are some Apps I recommend to do a little parent-child relationship hacking.
1. iRewardChart: iRewardChart is an app that brings the traditional reward chart onto a mobile device, with customizable features, making it about you and your child. iRewardChart looks to help parents keep track of their child’s good behavior, and reward them appropriately.
2. Cozi Family Organizer: Cozi is the must-have organizer for families. It helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.
3. Winnie: Winnie's mission is to make parents' lives easier through technology. Whether you want to ask other parents for advice, find new things to do with your kids, or just get to the nearest changing table in a hurry, we can help. Because Winnie Features cities all over the country, its even useful on vacation or visiting family.
4. ChoreMonster: With ChoreMonster, kids will look forward to doing their chores daily. This is because ChoreMonster is set up by parents, and you can even choose what kinds of rewards the kids will receive upon completing their chores.
5. Hub Family Organizer: Similar to Cozi, Hub keeps your home and family organized, using shared calendars, lists, tasks, notes and more. Hub Family Organizer is Everything you need to manage your busy lives.
Recently I wrote a parent tip of the week for books in which your children may find role models. I would also like to share with you some books you might really enjoy reading with your children. Most of you already read a lot at home, even if it is for assigned reading from school. Here are more titles you may enjoy reading together.
1. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson - "Fever 1793" is an extraordinary wellspring of authentic fiction that stars Mattie Cook, a young lady who lives in Philadelphia amid a plague of fever. Mattie lives over her family's coffeehouse when the fever breaks out and totally changes the community. With her granddad, she escapes the city, experiences the affliction around her and finds out about survival. This novel shows readers about the past in an inventive way, and it incorporates epigraphs from celebrated quotes and individuals toward the start of every chapter.
2. "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East" by Naomi Shihab Nye - "19 Varieties of Gazelle" is an awesome approach to open youngsters to verse and poetry, alongside literary devices like similar sounding words, comparisons, similis, and shapes. In this gathering of new and previously released poetry, Naomi Shihab Nye investigates the Arab-American experience, and also furthers topics of narrating, family, and war.
3. "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson - Jacqueline Woodson earned the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for this novel in verse in 2014. This accumulation of poetry describes the creator's youth as an African-American youth in the 1960s and '70s, and it traverses both South Carolina and New York. This book is incredible to show kids about verse, voice, the beauty of language; the Civil Rights movement; and families.
For more great books to share with your children, click this link.
At school, we are going to teach your child to read, do math well, have a good understanding of the world and how it works, and to get along. We will also help your child learn how to cope with adversity, be perseverant, and be empathetic. But there are a million and one things we simply will not have time or energy to teach your children. These are the things only you can do. Some of the things your children will be better off if you teach them are:
1. Cooking. If you teach your child to cook, they will be better at math, reading, and non-academic executive function skills like following directions. Additionally, in a world where most tasks are never finished, cooking gives you and your children a sense of accomplishment. When the meal is served and the clean-up is done, the work is done. Children need these small successes to build perseverance.
2. Lend a hand. Teach your children that whenever they see someone struggling, they should lend a hand. Maybe someone has dropped everything. They can help pick it up. Or Maybe a friend cannot fit everything in their backpack. But your child can help carry something. The social capital your children gain by being helpful is priceless. Everyone wants to know someone who helps others.
3. Teach them to use public transportation. Children who can navigate a bus or Metra schedule are using a lot of skills all at once. Most of these skills only get better with practice, and are hard to make better without practice. It will also help your children feel more independent, full of leadership abilities, and confident in themselves.
For more ideas of skills parents truly need to teach their children, click the link below from parenting.com.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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