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This is thought to be the most common learning style, with approximately 65% of children falling into this category. Visual learners prefer to take in information by watching what’s going on around them.
To remember information, visual learners need to be able to see it. They can be very detailed orientated in their nature, and enjoy using maps, drawings, charts and diagrams to aid learning. Visual learners:
The name was probably a giveaway, but auditory learners learn best by listening. If your child is an auditory learner, they might enjoy music, rhyme and rhythm in the learning process, and like to hear stories and have information read aloud.
Auditory learners can look as if they are not paying attention, but often, they are listening! On the other hand, they might easily be distracted by background noise. This applies to about 30% of children. Auditory learners:
The kinaesthetic type learn best by moving, touching and doing. Rather than just listening to how something works, they want to take it apart and find out! They learn best by hands on activity and movement, but are often ‘misdiagnosed’ as ADHD or considered misbehaving, but they in fact need to fidget a little as they learn. Kinaesthetic learners:
So you’ve got to grips with the 3 learning types… but how do you identify which applies to your child?
Simply watching them as they work and play will give you a good insight into what type of learner they are. Ian Wallace, a Consultant Psychologist, suggests observing children through their everyday play and conversation styles. For example, a visual learner might like to explain events by using words such as “did you see what happened?” or “I saw that she was upset”.
An auditory learner might choose to describe circumstances using the tone of voice or words that were used. A kinaesthetic learner would bring into focus the feelings associated with events, such as “I could feel that she was upset”, and they might also like to roleplay
Not only will identify your child’s learning style make them more successful learners, it also guides you as a parent to help your child take the next positive step on their learning journey. It can make learning more effective and increase likeliness to achieve, encourage creativity, reduce stress and frustration while learning, and inspire greater curiosity and motivation for life-long learning.