Identifying and understanding learning styles is essential for increasing a child's school performance and for developing their intelligence. In order for the child to do better in school, it is advisable to determine the learning style that suits him and to help him gain new knowledge more easily through appropriate methods and tools! Learning is an essential process in kindergarten or school.
Some children learn more easily and do better in lessons and homework, while others find it difficult to properly retain and play back information learned in school. The reason most children do not do well at school is because they are not properly stimulated to learn!
Main learning styles in children
Before trying to identify what your child's learning style is, it is important to know what are the main types that the specialists offer us:
- Hearing learning style;
- Visual learning style;
- The tactile-kinesthetic learning style.
What is the learning style of your child?
Each of the three major learning styles has its own characteristics and pedagogical methods that help the child to do better in school. Here are the characteristics of each learning style:
Visual learning style
The visual learning style is specific to the child with photographic memory, who retains information after seeing them beforehand:
- it is based on the visual sense to explore and discover the environment;
- he likes to read quietly (any noise, no matter how small, distracts his attention from reading);
- pays close attention to details, especially visuals;
- has a highly developed spirit of observation;
- he is passionate about shapes, colors, illustrations, maps, that is, any visual medium that mediates knowledge;
- watch the interlocutor's lips carefully, during a conversation;
- he is passionate about visual arts: painting, drawing, photography, film, etc.
Hearing learning style
- has a very well developed sense of hearing;
- he is a good speaker and he likes to talk a lot - he likes to explain, to give opinions or opinions etc .;
- easily absorbs and retains the information you hear around;
- easily retains the songs you hear frequently and plays them accurately;
- easily learn with music in the background;
- retains poems and lessons more easily if you read them aloud.
The tactile-kinesthetic learning style
The specialists consider that the tactile-kinesthetic style is peculiar to any child. It represents the first learning tool by which it retains information from the age of the baby. However, it develops more in some children than in others, thus becoming a dominant learning style:
- feels the need to explore things around by touch, touch;
- likes to get involved in activities that require skill or insight;
- he likes to use his hands to manipulate objects, play with them or discover their meaning;
- associates information with surrounding objects for easier retention;
- prefers to get involved in physical and practical activities, such as scientific experiments or hiking, to learn valuable information about things around;
- they are active and have passions in the field of sports or practical arts;
- gestures a lot when talking or explaining.
Appropriate methods for stimulating learning in children
Once you have identified the category or learning style that suits your child, it is important to consider the specific methods, tools or activities that will help him process the information easier and excel at school. Each learning style has its own tools through which it develops the child's abilities and helps him to understand and retain new knowledge more easily:
Learning tools for the hearing child
- audiobooks (the child will remember poetry, lessons, or other information easier if they are recorded on a recorder or phone and played constantly; also, he will retain the main ideas of a story if he hears them on an audiobook, than if he reads them in books. )
- staging plays and poems (transform your chemistry, physics and math lesson into a play or poetry, which you repeat together, aloud);
- rattle toys, which play educational information audibly.
Learning tools for the visual child
- memory games (based on the help offered by visual media, such as cards or pictures);
- video documentaries, cartoons or educational films (watching lessons for the school or explaining them through documentaries or pictures helps the child to easily remember the main ideas);
- illustrated books, in which images (encyclopedias, atlases, etc.) predominate;
- educational video games;
- drawing or painting, but also encouraging other types of visual arts among his current activities.
Learning tools for the tactile-kinesthetic child
- skill games (lego, puzzle, building sets, plasticine, crafting tool kits, etc.);
- encourage him to play sports (involve him as a child in all kinds of sports activities);
- hiking, traveling, scientific experiments, etc. - from which he can extract theoretical information in a practical and accessible way to his level of understanding;
- involve him in domestic activities - cleaning, cooking etc.
Most children do not subscribe to a single learning style pattern. Usually, they blend into each other, giving rise to mixed learning styles: auditory and visual, kinesthetic and auditory, visual and kinesthetic etc. Even if the little one has characteristics of several types of learning, there is always a dominant style.
Therefore, if the child shows signs of at least two learning styles, it is advisable to consider educational tools and methods specific to both styles, but with an emphasis on the dominant one.
What kind of learning style does your child have and what are the methods by which you encourage him / her to retain information more easily? Share your opinions and suggestions in the comments section below!
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