Each child learns differently. Multiple studies mention that a child’s way to success is through a concept called a “learning style.” A learning style is defined as “a certain way one processes and retains information.” There are three categories: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (hands-on). We all share traits of each of these categories, but there is usually one we gravitate toward.
What does this mean for homeschooling your child? First, you should determine what your learning style is, as well as your child’s. Check out the descriptions below:
- Visual learner. This type of learning style focuses on observation and sense of sight. Diagrams, charts, and lists are all ways a visual learner takes in the information presented. Their preferred method of learning is through reading. They also visualize through imagination. But don’t forget: A visual learner can have visual overload, so be aware of their body language if they look confused or fatigued.
- Auditory learner. Do you have a chatty child? Then he or she might be an auditory learner! Talking and listening are the best ways this type of learner can process information. A great method for studying for a test is to record a lecture, then have it played back to the auditory learner. However, make sure you have a quiet place for them — it will help them concentrate better!
- Kinesthetic (hands-on) learner. The movers and shakers! Your child may tap their foot or pencil and have trouble sitting still. Structured, hands-on activity is the best route for these doers. Incorporating movement into lessons will fuel your child’s passion for schoolwork. Because kinesthetic learners are movers, don’t schedule too much time sitting down. They want to be active — literally! — in their studies!
Now you know the definition of each learning style! But the knowledge doesn’t stop here! You must teach according to your child’s learning style. How? Have your child (and you!) take our Learning Style Assessment at LearningStyles.me.
Want to know more about learning styles? Check out the Why Learning Styles Matter white paper to dig deep into what learning styles mean for you and your child.