Understanding The Different Ways in Which Children Learn
Understanding The Different Ways in Which Children Learn –
Children are a wonderful gift but it can be hard being a parent as you are constantly worrying about your child, whether they are learning at the right pace and even in the right way. But, what you need to understand is that children aren’t just wonderful, they are also unique and every child learns differently.
Of course, there are some basic learning methods that you should be aware of. Understanding which way your child learns can help you ensure they get the best possible education and child care.
Unsurprisingly visual learners need to see things to understand them. They will learn by watching you and their teachers, mimicking your actions, facial expressions, and even body languages. It can be an effective way to teach children basic concepts although it generally helps to have written instructions to assist the child when telling them what to do.
You’ll find visual learners tend to be very imaginative.
Tactile means touch and this type of learning simply means children like to touch things, that is something that most children enjoy! The act of touching creates a memory link for them, helping them to save the information and recall it when needed.
Most tactile learners will draw while learning as this helps the process for them.
Auditory learners like to hear what is being taught. They learn best when you simply talk to them and explain what you want or need. However, it should be noted that auditory learners can often struggle in noisy environments as they need to be able to hear what is being taught.
It’s best to back up the teaching with written instructions.
Finally, kinesthetic learners are those that need to be constantly moving and doing something. They learn through all the physical senses and will like touching, smelling, and even tasting. This type of learner will have difficult staying still and needs to be constantly stimulated.
Finding Out What Learning Style Suits Your Child –
It is actually very easy to establish what learning styles suits your child best. All you have to do is observe them in their daily activities. If you watch your child you’ll see they naturally prefer certain activities. Compare these to the learning types above and it is usually obvious which learning style is best for them.
You should be watching your child to see what types of toys they like to play with. Ones that move a lot suggest a kinesthetic approach while if they prefer quieter toys they may be more visual.
You should also look at whether they like reading books, or looking at the pictures. It should be obvious whether your child prefers written or verbal instructions and you can evaluate what they like to draw the most.
Another clue is in the activities they undertaken if they like to be constantly moving they are kinesthetic learners.
Once you know what learning style suits your child you’ll find it much easy to give them the support they need and you’ll see their learning progress rapidly.