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Using your child’s learning style to improve reading

Once you have determined your child’s learning style, how do you use that information to help them learn?  Here are a couple of pointers that you can use  to engage your child  using their learning style preference to improve reading.

Improve Reading – Visual Learner

The child whose main learning preference is visual, thrives on images. Have them draw images from the book. Rewrite key words that they learnt or look for similar words and patterns when you are out and  bout.

  • Point out details in pictures and illustrations in the book.
  • Use highlighting tape/bookmark in text or a pointer
  • Make reference to visuals around the room that are similar to the book.
  • Use expressive body language and gestures.
  • Using flash cards
  • Make boxes around letters or words (whole word).

This is a great learning to read set for visual learners  because the pages are black and white, which gives them the opportunity to color in books and keeps them visually engaged

Improve Reading – Auditory Learner

Talking and discussions are a great way to engage your auditory reader and improve their reading skills and retention. Allow them to hear the story, that could be you pre-recording your reading  of the book, or getting an audio of the book to read along with. Seeing the movie or play of the book is also a great retention mechanism for auditory learners.

  • Talking to themselves or with others about what they’re reading
  • Reading a book and listening to the audio book at the same time (make a recording of the book ahead of time)
  • Read alouds.
  • Teach rhymes or sing to learn skills.
  • Encourage retellings of the book.
  • Provide Puppets
  • Clap out the syllables in words.
  • Vary pitch and tone of voice when reading.

 

Improve Reading – Kinesthetic and Tactile Learner

For these active learners, the trick to improve reading and learning is to make it an active event. Allow them to read in motion or if that is not possible, let them take frequent breaks to run a lap, do jumping jacks for pages read or act out the page just read.

  • Tracking words on a page with a finger
  • Act out the book and model role-playing .
  • Provide props for story retelling.
  • Use large-motor activities to reinforce concepts.
  • Moving around or taking frequent breaks.
  • Practice writing in cornmeal, sand, or salt to reinforce new words.
  • Learn using rhythm and keeping the beat to learn new words.
  • Provide fidget toys

This same set is a great learning to read set for kinesthetic learners  because the pages are black and white, which gives them the opportunity to be active when they get to color  the pages they have read.

 

What is your child’s learning style?

I have recently been doing a lot of reading about learning styles  and how to best incorporate them into our product offerings and ensure they are well represented in the My Treasure Trunks.  I decided to write an article about it for the blog.

We all know that children learn differently. If you can figure out what your child’s learning style or personality is. You can use this to help them in school and life, by presenting  information in a certain way that makes it easier for them to retain information, learn and thrive.

Learning Styles refer to how children use their senses when they learn. We commonly consider four modalities or styles: visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), kinesthetic (moving), and tactile (touching). Most people ( children included)  use a combination of learning styles but we all have preferences that can be capitalized on, as well as weaker leanings that can be improved. Understanding your child’s learning style can reduce frustrations in school and at home.

Here are some tips to determine your child’s learning style:

Budding visual learner?
Visual learner?

What paid activity are they most likely to request?

A visual learners may ask for art/painting lessons

An auditory learner may pick music lessons

A kinesthetic learner will likely request to join a sports team 

 

What type of toys does your child gravitate towards?

Visual learners will pick the art project.

Auditory learners may pick one that will make music or noise

Kinesthetic learners will most likely choose a ball, frisbee or other active toy



What are his or her interests?

Visual learners are typically interested in videos and images.

Auditory learners may enjoy sound and music.

Kinesthetic learners are generally interested in movement  and physical activities.

 

How does he or she read a book?

Visual learners will typically sit quietly immersed in the words and pictures

Auditory learners might be more likely to read aloud to themselves or request you read to them

Kinesthetic learners may fidget or read walking around the room.

 

How does he or she solve a problem?

Visual learners will find answers and solutions using their eyes.

Auditory learners will likely talk out the problem or want to discuss it.

Kinesthetic learners may attempt to figure it out using using their hands.

 

How do they express themselves?

A visual learner may express themselves through facial & hand gestures.

An auditory learner will most likely use their words

A kinesthetic learner may use their body get their point across.

 

Does your child gravitate more towards one style than the others or are they all over the place?   In the next blog I will talk a little more about some things you can do to capitalize on their learning style preferences.  What new thing did you learn?

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