Discovering & Developing Your Child’s Learning Styles

Discovering & Developing Your Child's Learning Styles

Who knows your child better than you; right?

Perhaps you're fairly confident that you already know
what your child's primary learning style is.

Even so, you'll benefit and enjoy the process of
taking just a few minutes to bop through this
concise learning styles checklist.

You're likely to immediately identify a predominant style
for your particular child.

Then take note of the helpful suggestions provided
to assist you in adapting your homeschool instruction
for optimum learning.

Visual Learners

 

  • Are quick imitators, copying what they “see” demonstrated
  • Are distracted by visual stimuli (e.g., a bird outside the window)
  • Notice printed or pictured details
  • Can often find or see things that others might miss
  • Are particularly aware of spatial relationships
  • Can remember where on a page or in a book they saw something
  • Often quickly build a sight word vocabulary at a young age
  • May use sight clues when learning spelling words
  • Will often doodle or write additional notes on worksheets or handouts

Struggle with:

  • Creative writing
  • Processing math word problems
  • Forming a hypothesis and testing it with experiments
  • Thinking or reading beyond the literal or obvious

Learn well with:

  • Flashcards
  • Wall charts and visual handouts
  • Timelines, maps, charts, and graphs
  • Written directions
  • Workbooks and “how-to” books with illustrations
  • Videos that present illustrated instruction

Auditory Learners

 

  • Are enthusiastic verbal communicators and love to chatter
  • Can easily remember song lyrics, poems, and television commercials
  • Often tap out rhythmic patterns and can replicate them effortlessly
  • Sound out words and are phonetic spellers
  • Tend to solve problems by talking their way to solutions
  • Enjoy listening to the radio or recordings
  • Often sing well and express themselves well verbally
  • Sometimes start vocalizing when instructed to reading silently
  • Can follow directions presented orally

Struggle with:

  • Editing and correcting written work
  • Reading technical or non-fiction writing
  • Paying attention to details on written work
  • Distractions from background noise

Learn well with:

  • Freedom to subvocalize and point to words while reading
  • Verbally delivered instructions
  • Field trips with oral descriptions or interview opportunities
  • Plays, poetry, and memory work
  • Recordings, music, rhymes, and echo games

Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners

 

  • Will immediately jump, run, and move when given opportunity
  • Explore new things by touching and feeling them
  • Tend to be in perpetual motion and are often labeled hyperactive
  • Display muscle coordination in movement and sports
  • Have excellent balancing skills
  • Love to take things apart and attempt to reassemble them
  • Tend to dislike long-range goal setting and complicated projects
  • Relate to others more comfortably in body and action than in words
  • Become distracted when they are required to sit still or be quiet

Struggle with:

  • Concentrating on phonics, spelling, grammar, and math rules
  • Reading for information
  • Doing analytical work or research-related writing
  • Completing long-term projects in science and history

Learn well with:

  • Finger plays, tracing motions, tactile experiences
  • Hands-on and construction projects
  • Math manipulatives (blocks, rods, play money)
  • Movement connected to learning
  • Role playing and pantomime
  • Modeling or demonstrating tasks

Of course, most children will not demonstrate all of the characteristics or qualities listed in each category, and you should encourage your child to experience learning using all three learning approaches or styles.

Embrace the learning style with which your child is gifted. You’ll be rewarded with a happier learner and more effective instruction.

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