For anyone with a child at home, one thing you might wonder about is how they go about learning. We all have our own ways of learning. Some of us prefer to just drive in and take things head-on. Others would rather do their learning through reading and listening. It just depends, really. So, the best thing you can do is working out what kind of learner your child is. Then, you can adjust your child’s learning activity at home to help fit in with how they manage to do the majority of their learning!
The primary learning styles
You have four major learning styles, and they tend to be:
- Visual learning – the art of using visual cues to pick up information, such as artistic projects.
- Auditory – kids who like to pick up their learning through sound, such as listening to music or conversing with others.
- Reading/writing – many children prefer to do their learning through books or writing it down.
- Kinesthetics – these are more ‘doing’ activities and is usually for kids who prefer practical learning.
Most kids who prefer to be visual learners tend to be good at recalling information, such as people or places. They also tend to enjoy large-scale details on a visual scale, such as graphs, maps, and photographs.
Typically, they are very open to learning about the wider world and have no qualms about utilising examples to learn.
Most auditory learners tend to be very vocal, and are normally found humming along to things, singing songs, even when simply doing their schoolwork. They tend to enjoy verbal lesson the most and will learn most from conversation. They are thorough learners, and tend to enjoy asking questions in a bid to enhance their own personal knowledge about the subject at hand.
The majority of kids who take part in this kind of learning tend to be very passionate about learning, and will be much more likely to recite notes, or want to open-up about their struggles.
Those who like to read and write tend to enjoy writing things down or taking notes. They also tend to have great memories for remembering what was said. However, they tend to need a lot of private space to get the job done, and don’t often react well to and noisy and/or chaotic learning environment.
They normally get the best out of learning when taking notes by hand, creating checklists and target guides for the day, and organising their studying ahead of time. Children who enjoy reading/writing lessons tend to be some of the most thorough with regards to their education.
A child who takes the art of kinesthetics are the most hands-on learners. They tend to dive in and take the task on, learning as they tackle each side of the activity. They tend to be much more likely to get involved in practical learning and are less taken in by theoretical study. They are more hands-on, and thus can be quite demanding. However, giving them some more active studying sessions – using a mix of practical and theory – can help to engage their brain and thus their desire to keep learning.
You can soon enough turn studying into a fun, engaging activity if you simply adapt to the kind of learning that your child does the most. Do that, and you can find that education is a much more engaging, satisfying experience for both parent and child!