Learning styles and helping your child back to school
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln
The above quote is very true and a one I use regularly, however, we all ask ourselves ‘what is the most effective way to help my child at school?’
Firstly, we have to look at the three main ways which people learn, these are:
I’m sure we can all identify with the way we prefer to learn ourselves and possibly the way our children find the most effective way to learn.
I like to think of the three main ways to learn as that of constructing a flat pack.
Firstly, there are those people who are Kinaesthetic learners, they will empty everything onto the floor and attempt to construct the item without reading the instructions. They would much rather be surrounded by everything attempt to put it together.
Secondly, there are the Visual learners, these people will scan through the pictures within the instruction book, look at the picture on the box and attempt to construct the item.
Lastly, there are the Auditory learners, these people will read aloud the instructions and chunter to themselves until the item is constructed.
Obviously, we do have to sometimes deviate from a visual to an auditory when things don’t go the way we had hoped, this can make us frustrated and get bad tempered as its not the way we like to learn. Therefore, we can see the frustrations children encounter when adults tell them how to learn and what they should be doing rather than let them identify their preferred way of learning.
Ways to help the Visual learner
The visual learner prefers to use highlighters, make lists, create charts and diagrams and possibly watch YouTube videos to help them.
Ways to help the Auditory Learner
The auditory learner likes to record themselves talking, Reading, they may ‘chunter’ to themselves as they recall certain facts.
Ways to help the Kinaesthetic learner
The Kinaesthetic learner may like to fiddle with a squishy ball, take regular breaks or move about al lot whilst pondering a certain fact/problem.
It’s important as teacher, parents and carers to support children’s learning in a positive way and allow them to identify with the most effective way for them.
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