The kids are grown, now what?: What is your child's learning type?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What is your child's learning type?


I think it is really important to know your child's learning type. You are your child's best advocate! My son is a visual and kinesthetic learner. When he was a little boy I would explain this to his teachers so that they could plan their lessons accordingly. I had one teacher who did not understand this concept. I told him he was in the wrong profession. Luckily for other children he retired.

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 *Hear*
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.

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!

As part of a Karma Media campaign, I received financial compensation for this post.

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