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.
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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