It is well known that every student learns very different and even adults have different learning styles and techniques. An individual's learning style can also change over the years and sometimes it depends on the subject yet most of the time it will stay consistent across circumstances or at least your dominant learning style. It is important to try teaching and learning in different learning styles to learn which one fits you or your students best.
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The Different Learning Styles
The idea of different learning styles or various multiple intelligences, is a relatively new approach. At Educents, we are pleased that students, teachers and adult learners are discovering new ways to learn, explore and teach. It’s possible that your child prefers one, or multiple styles of learning. Try these learning activities in your homeschool curriculum and monitor which teaching styles help your child retain lessons confidently and quickly.
Physical Learning Styles
Great suggestions for kids with a physical learning style. Make sure you incorporate touch or play into a lesson.
Visual Learning Styles
Visual learners best process information when they use their sense of sight. If you have a child that loves images, prefers videos to books, or likes creating visual art, you may have a visual learner. Use pictures, color and other forms of visual media to help visual learners process information. “Seeing is believing” for visual learners, so add pictures, color coding, maps and graphic organizers to your lessons. In a homeschool setting, visual learners can benefit from watching parents, siblings, or videos to see how a task is performed before trying on their own.
Learning Activity: Highlighters are the best tool for visual learners. Kids can highlight sight words, find patterns, color code important facts, and more. Bright colors and large letters tend to help.
Auditory Learning Styles
Auditory learners learn and retain information when there is sound, music and rhythm involved in a lesson. These learners take in and process information by listening and speaking. Some tend to concentrate better when music is playing in the background or like to sing songs throughout the day. In a homeschool setting, auditory learners can read stories aloud to younger siblings, or listen to a parent read stories. Try to reiterate things outloud and read outloud.
Learning Activity: Most libraries have books on tape that families can check out for free (or even download from home). Auditory learners learn and retain concepts by following a story in a book while listening to somebody else reading.
Aural (Music) Learning Styles
Ideas for children that learn best while listening to music or incorporating song. Just playing classical music in the background can sometimes help.
Logical Learning Styles
Logical learners are also called mathematical learners. These students are better at processing information when logic and reasoning are involved. Logical learners are often found identifying patterns they see in the real world or dividing their toys into categories based on similarities. They like to find patterns, solve equations, and categorize information. Many logical learners need to know the “why” behind a lesson. Why is this concept or skill important? Logical learners often learn through the use of structured systems like creating outlines. In a homeschool setting, use real world examples to illuminate concepts and provide your student with tools to stay organized.
Learning Activity: Logical learners thrive in organized environments. Use graphic organizers to help kids understand what they are reading, put events in order, or chart out data. Most logical thinkers enjoy math and logic games.
Solitary Learning Styles
Solitary students are also known as intrapersonal learners. These individuals prefer to learn alone using self-study methods like a reading list, study guides, and reports. The solitary learner is often shy, preferring to play alone or in very small groups. They thrive when lessons relate to their own lives. Solitary students are goal-oriented. They feel successful when setting personal goals and accomplishing them. In a homeschool setting, give your student the opportunity to guide lessons based off their interests so they stay self-motivated. Set goals and track the progress of those goals. If your solitary student has siblings, it’s important to schedule alone time for that child. They tend to learn while in a room by themselves or sometimes they build forts as their own study space.
Learning Activity: Teaching perimeter and area? Ask your solitary learner to choose a new way to organize their room by creating a new floorplan!
Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Styles
Kinesthetic learners thrive on physical movement, their sense of touch and the use of physical objects to help them learn. They are also known as the “hands-on” learner. Many kinesthetic learners can be found acting out what they are learning through physical activity and hands-on building or creating. Doing, building, acting-out and moving all help the kinesthetic learner take in, process and categorize information in their brain. Kinesthetic learners like to figure out how things work by doing or creating it. If you have a kinesthetic learner, try incorporating movement into learning time. Homeschooling is a wonderful option for kinesthetic learners because kids can get up and move throughout the day as they need to.
Learning Activity: Touch and texture is very important to tactile learning. Use Wikisticks to trace out letters.
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