Children's Learning Styles - How Do Your Children Learn?
By Andrew Loh
Every child has his or her own learning style and all most all
children are ever ready to learn. Every child has his or her own
inclination to learn lessons and general information. Yet, all
children have their own preferred learning style through which they
learn and understand classroom lessons. There are so many learning
styles that your child can choose to learn. Your child may use just
one or a combination of many styles to learn. Your child may just
prefer a particular learning style over others.
For example, your child may like to learn lessons by memorizing very
important points of the lesson. On the other hand, other children
may not use this style to memorize important points. He or she may
like to write down those important points before memorizing them.
Some children may use notebooks and pencil to write down while other
may simply recite the whole lessons many times while memorizing
Whatever the case may be, every child uses a particular method to
learn; in fact, you do not have any right or wrong method of
learning. The primary learning style is unique to every child. In
order to enhance or improve your children’s learning style, you may
need to learn and understand both your learning pattern as well as
your children's. As different child has different learning style, your basic duty is to detect how your children
learn and to find the method used by them for optimum learning.
There are several learning styles used by the children. However, three most
common learning styles are as follows:
Visual Learning Style
Many children can learn in an effective manner just by watching
things going on around them. A child who learns by this method can
watch and absorb important points. Children who use this method can
also remember images and pictures very easily. In fact, they can
create a series of images in their brains.
For example, your child may learn alphabets and numbers just by
remembering their patterns and images. On the other hand, some other
children may remember the names of fruits and vegetables by
memorizing their shapes and colors. These children always enjoy
drawing and painting images and patterns. Another positive trait of
these children is their ability to remember maps, charts, diagrams
and graphs in a lucid manner. If your child likes to solve puzzles
and mazes, it means that, that is his or her particular learning
Teaching methods for such learning styles is actually very complex,
because of the difficulties surrounding the kind of images and
pictures that you need to select and provide. Some parents purchase
lot of books that contain images and pictures. Colorful flash cards,
symbols and patterns also form essential tools for this type of
learning. It is also possible to provide lesson lists, logs and
written instructions to your children to enhance learning. Alphabet
and number charts, books containing colorful images of objects and
things can enhance learning style.
Auditory Learning Style
Most children use the traditional type of learning style which is
the auditory learning style. Just imagine all children sitting down
in their classroom and listening to lessons recited or taught by
their teachers. Human brain leans more by using this learning style,
because the brain always receives information by the way of spoken
words. Children can learn very well when someone reads the
directions or lessons to their ears. In fact, children learn when
someone presents information in a verbal manner. Just remember when
your teachers used to resent poems and songs in a melodious way!
Auditory learners can learn very easily when someone tells jokes and
stories. In a classroom, children can learn by listening to their
teachers. Word games and puzzles can help them to learn in an
effective manner. Most classrooms in the world use Dictaphones and
audio equipments while teaching lessons. In a traditional classroom,
teachers and students read aloud together to learn lessons. Some
children like to read aloud while they are studying; such children
always like to listen to the instructions. They can gel very easily
with other like children; children who learn in this manner, always
join together to read out loudly to each other.
Physical Learning Style
This is a peculiar learning style when children learn by using
movements and physical manipulation. Such children simply love to
explore objects and patterns by feeling and touching them. They also
like to know how things actually work and behave. They accumulate a
set of experiences in this manner. Almost all children who are in
their kindergarten learn by using physical movements. This is the
reason why kindergarten and primary school children in their first
and second grade like to play with colorful toys and playthings.
However, older students in their fifth and sixth grade may a
tendency to learn by using other two methods.
Physical learners always like to touch, feel, and manipulate things
around them. All children who learn by using this method posse very
short attention span while they also like extreme movements while
learning. They are very good at showing or displaying things rather
explain about them. Physical learners always excel in science and
math labs while others may perform very well in drams and skits.
Such children simply love to go for learning field trips. Other
children may learn by making useful models and replicas. Continue to read
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