What is your child’s learning type?
Knowing your child’s learning type can greatly enhance the quality of their development, and more importantly the enjoyment they get from learning!
Education experts have long been aware that learning is not one-size-fits-all – every child learns differently. There are three main types of learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Although most people use a combination of the three learning styles, they usually have a clear preference for one. Knowing and understanding the types of learning styles is important for learners of any age.
Auditory learners prefer listening to an explanation than reading about it. Reciting information out loud and having music in the background often make these children more receptive to learning. Other noises, though, may become a distraction resulting in a need for a relatively quiet place.
Visual learners *See*
Visual learners process information best by looking at images, viewing a demonstration, or reading. For these learners, it’s easy to look at pictures and charts, but they may have difficulty focusing while listening to an explanation.
Kinesthetic Learners *Touch*
Kinesthetic learners learn best through a “hands-on” experience. Actually doing an activity can be the easiest way for them to learn. Sitting still while learning may be difficult, but writing things down makes it easier to understand.
My son is 10 months now and I’ve been using all three approaches with him trying to find what works best. He does love to look at pictures, but at the same time, he wants to grab and feel them. Sitting still is a hit or miss on some days. In reference to auditory learning, I noticed he does become distracted easily if he hears music of people’s voices elsewhere. Then again, he is a nosy little guy, so it could just be his curiosity! At his age it is too early to tell, but hopefully it time, I can learn the best approach for him.
Why is it so important for you as a parent to understand your child’s learning type?
Knowing how your child approaches learning can greatly impact his or her success. Teaching your child using his or her primary learning style will ensure that your child is very receptive to new ideas and skills. At the same time, it is beneficial to practice and train all three types of learning type early on so that, as your child grows, he or she can utilize the other types just as effectively.
A well-balanced, intelligent child is able to develop all three types of learning type. Just because a child has a preferred learning style doesn’t mean that the other types can’t be improved.
So how do you know your child’s learning preferences and make the most of it? Well, start by taking this short quiz and find out! You will get some great expert advice on the best approaches to teaching your child’s particular learning type.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know how to best teach your child? Studies show that you can start seeing your child’s learning type as early as the age of 1. So don’t wait until the classroom, start teaching them with their learning types in mind today!
Melissa Lawler says
Wonderful information. Thanks!
Janet K says
Thank you for sharing this great information. I will have to pay closer attention to my son’s learning style!!
Jenn/Organic Mama says
This is a fantastic resource for parents and educators – thanks for sharing!
This would really help me in teaching my kids. It is a fantastic learning tool. Thank you for sharing!
Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom says
great info! I”ve done this with my older kids but haven’t tried to figure out Erik’s learning style yet… he’s 16 months so I’m sure he’s ready for it!
Ashleigh Walls says
This is great for future reference!
Katie Smih says
real cute i cant wait till my son is older and can do more fun learning games
I took the quiz and I’m waiting for my results, but I can already tell you my son is a way more balanced learner than I am. I am strictly a visual learner. He seems to not only grasp both visual and aural information, but he also does equally well in math and reading. I could never grasp math, my brain isn’t wired for numbers.
I love this article. I am definitely NOT an auditory learner. I have no idea how many times I have told my daughter to stop asking me (aloud) certain things about her homework. Show it to me!! She would ask me these long, intricate math problems and I was lost before she ever gets close to the end. No matter how many times I told her to show me, she still insisted on reading it to me. She is a teen so now when she asks me things instead of showing me, I just ignore her until she shows me, lol. That strategy seems to be working well with her. Apparently she isn’t an auditory learner either. ;)