I can remember looking at math word problems as a child, and feeling none of this made any sense. My dad, who was good at math, couldn’t understand why I was unable get it. So confidentially I would draw pictures of the problem and “lo and behold, I got it!” Later I learned that I’m a optic student and need to “see” the problem in order to understand.
Some children are talkers. In order to process information, these learners like to discuss it with others. After they’ve heard the words, they understand and ordinarily remember the information. We call them audio learners.
Another group learn while active and playing games. If they can manipulate objects with their hands, they are able to understand the idea and it soaks into their long-term memory.
There are a lot of ways professionals categorize distinct learning styles and the policy can be complex. However, the most widely used system, divides all learning styles into three basic categories: optic Learners, Auditory Learners, and Kinesthetic Learners.
Why do we need to know our child’s learning style?
When we realize there are differences in the way children learn, we won’t be trying to force them to learn the way we do. Just think how much easier homework would be if parents were able to help, using techniques that best fit their child. If my father had known that I was a optic learner, he would have been able to show me how to draw pictures of the problem or to make a optic graph to help me understand. I would have felt that drawing pictures was an standard formula of learning instead of being secretive about it.
Oftentimes children feel at fault if they can’t grasp a problem when it is explained verbally. The child who needs hands-on activities is frustrated and can’t sit still during long dissertations. Their behavior is then characterized as not acceptable, and a distinct learning style becomes a discipline problem. The kinesthetic learners have a difficult time conforming to our expectations.
Think of the unlikeness it could make, if you informed the teacher about your child’s learning style, early in the year. Many teachers don’t have the time to analyze each child’s style. They ordinarily teach agreeing to their own single learning style.
Children who have learned to identify and understand their own learning styles are the most likely to succeed. They can use techniques that work specifically for them. I know of a child who had struggled all straight through school. She ultimately got to college and was overwhelmed with college instructors who required copious note taking. This was not her learning style. She needed to hear the facts again and again. She realized this and used a tape recorder to play the facts back while she repeated much of it aloud. As an audio student this was her thriving formula of learning.
Children can use a combination of learning styles or be dominant in one. A child with diverse learning styles is ordinarily a more flexible learner. Read straight through the characteristics of each learning style. See if you can identify your own child’s style(s) from the following descriptions
Characteristics of optic learners (65% of the population):
Learns straight through images
Enjoys art and drawing
Read maps, charts and diagrams well
Likes mazes and puzzles
Use lists or outlines to fabricate thoughts
Is able to spot recurring patterns in information
Remembers where facts is settled on a page
Sees pictures or words in the “mind’s eye”
Is able to visualize stories
Often a good speller (they can see the word in their mind)
Has a vivid imagination
Becomes impatient or drifts away when uncut listening is required
Color is important and aids memory
Likes to piece things together
Usually likes reading/writing good than math/science
Fond of doodling
Enjoys tracing words and pictures
Often accused of being a daydreamer in class
How can I help my optic Learner?
Since math is abstract, it is important to draw a picture or illustrate with diagrams.
Encourage and teach your child how to draw pictures to understand math problems. ordinarily optic children are very creative and are able to find a good memory technique to remember math vocabulary or procedures. They just need to know it is an standard method.
In reading, recommend optic clues. Offer picture books of all types; when reading part books together, encourage visualization of story and scenes at intervals. Provide colored pens for note taking or writing. recommend writing the syllables of new spelling or vocabulary words in distinct colors. Help them to make lists or outlines of information. recommend drawing a picture of historical facts that needs to be remembered.
Characteristics of auditory learners (30% of the population):
Tends to remember and repeat ideas that are verbally presented
Learns well straight through lectures
Is an exquisite listener
Is often the leader for a group discussion
Can reproduce symbols, letters or words by hearing them
Likes to talk
Enjoys plays, movies
Can learn concepts by listening to tapes
Enjoys question/answer sessions
Retains facts that is set to rhyme
Finds small group discussions stimulating and informative
Must hear himself say facts aloud
How can I help my Audio Learner?
These children learn best straight through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things straight through and listening to what others have to say. Talk with your child about the homework and have him or her illustrate it to you. This reinforces the learning. Audio learners often advantage from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.
Read math problems together and break a word problem into smaller segments. Discuss what it means and talk about possible solutions. Why would this work or not work? The audio student needs this type of dialogue.
In every subject it is significant to listen to your child read the facts aloud and then discuss it. This may seem time involving to a parent but is the best way for the audio student to succeed. Plus it builds a closer relationship. Audio learners don’t do well working by themselves.
Audio learners discharge facts like a sponge. They can listen to a stimulating educational video and remember most of the information, especially if there is a consulation afterwards. If there is facts that must be memorized, put it to rhyme or music. Make it fun!
Characteristics of kinesthetic learners (5% of the population):
Learns by doing, direct involvement
Often fidgets or finds reasons to move
Is not very attentive to optic or auditory presentations
Wants to be “doing” something
Tries things out
Likes to manipulate objects
Gestures when speaking
Is often a poor listener
Responds to music by physical movement
Likes clapping to rhymes
Uses hand movements when sounding out words
Often finds success in physical response activities
Kinesthetic/tactile children learn best straight through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world nearby them. Touching things, trying them out, and involving their bodies are all ways kinesthetic children learn. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and often become distracted by their need for action and exploration. These students have high energy levels. They think and learn best while moving. They often lose much of what is said during a lecture and have problems concentrating when asked to sit and read. These students prefer to do, rather than watch or listen. Are often diagnosed as Adhd
How can I help my Kinesthetic/Tactile Learner?
These learners need lots of objects to work and manipulate. physical objects are essential, especially for math. There are a lot of hands-on materials ready in educational market and many teachers are happy to loan some of their teaching materials to parents. For example, if you are helping your child with telling time, get an old clock and let him or her move the hands nearby while you are explaining the idea.
Reading, spelling and writing are often involving for these children. Buy letters and have the child spell out words using something they can touch and feel. Sometimes using the computer is useful since they are involving the keys. Computer math games work well too.
Clapping out syllables while reading words helps kinesthetic learners sound out the word phonetically. If they forget punctuation at the end of a sentence, recommend hand signals like a complete fist for a period, an extended arm for an exclamation mark and a curved hand with extended arm for the demand mark. By using the body, facts is internalized.
Use games to reinforce learning. For addition and subtraction, play dominoes or card games. Write unfamiliar words on small cards and play “Go fish” or “Concentration” to help reading skills.
All Children Benefit
Knowing your child’s learning style is important stuff! When you are able to help your child in a way where they can rejoinder positively, you are setting a good tone for learning. Self-esteem increases. Your child is much happier because they feel standard for who they are. They don’t have to learn like man else. They have special abilities. They are unique!