LEARNING STYLES OF KIDS
According to Einstein, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” A parent knows their child’s preferences, habits, likes, dislikes, and desires better than anyone else. Along with all of these, they also need to have an understanding of the learning styles of their child. Learning styles refer to different ways through which a child learns, processes, and retains information.
As it is commonly said, each individual is different, like the five fingers on our hand, and has a distinct set of strengths and weaknesses. Every child possesses different strengths and preferences for learning. Children usually learn through hands-on experiences such as moving, touching, and doing. They also learn through seeing and hearing.
As a parent, when you identify and understand your child’s learning style, you can help them learn more effectively, boost their love for learning, encourage them to become curious, and give them a better education experience.
Your child might be skillful in a variety of areas and all these excellent experiences will help your child to develop new strengths and interests and broaden their understanding of the world. You can observe your child’s interaction with the world around them to find out the type of their learning style.
There are commonly three learning styles as follows
i. Visual ii. Auditory iii. Kinesthetic
Visual learners learn through seeing, observing, visualizing, and illustrating their ideas. They commonly observe body language and facial expressions and learn through descriptions and demonstrations. They can process their thoughts by creating mind maps, drawing, or writing them down. They like to write down instructions or prefer to watch some demonstrations. They are also good at using graphic organizers and have a good sense of direction. They can easily visualize plans, objects, and outcomes and love to color, draw, or doodle. They also have good navigation sense and are better at using maps.
Auditory learners primarily learn through listening and responding to sounds. They learn through participating in discussions and verbal directions. They are easily distracted by noise and can concentrate well in a quiet environment. They are connected to music and have a good sense of pitch and rhythm. They find a strong emotional connection with the music. They prefer to speak and seek spoken answers as they remember information by talking about it aloud. They face difficulty in understanding written instructions, but enjoy spoken and interactive discussions over playing alone.
Kinesthetic learners learn through moving and doing. They are always in action and involve in some physical activity and always need to be moving around. They learn through physical sensations and have trouble sitting still for long periods. They love to be actively involved in the learning process and gain knowledge through hands-on activities. They possess active body language and love to act on the concepts that are being taught to them. They notice the texture of things and usually touch them to learn about them. They enjoy sports and exercise and are actively involved in outdoor activities.