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:
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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