The Auditory learner
Auditory learners are most comfortable using their ears and hearing to explore the world. They usually learn information quickly through hearing and will often become disengaged or bored if the information is not being taught fast enough. Auditory learners appreciate any opportunity to listen to audiobooks (while following along with the written content) and/or read information in a written forum (textbooks, notes), while listening to music or background noise. They enjoy discussions, verbalizing and explaining new concepts, in order to understand and remember new information that has been presented. Following written directions can often be an area of weakness and difficult for children that rely on this type of learning.
The Visual learner
Visual learners thrive on visuals! These children like to read, are good spellers, remember faces better than names, would rather watch than talk, notice details, and have trouble following verbal directions. Using visuals, such as pictures, graphs, diagrams and videos, work well for this type of learner. For a child that is this type of learner, get small dry erase boards to produce visual models of new concepts.
The Kinesthetic/Physical learner
Kinesthetic learners are energized and engaged through physically participating in learning. This type of learner is energized by role-playing, projects, games, group work, experiments that involve getting out of their seats, frequent breaks, and various tools that they can use with their hands including modeling clay, blocks, puzzles, drawing materials and computers.
Knowing your child’s learning “style” can help guide you to understand how your child can learn most effectively. In turn, this will reduce frustrations and increase quality family time spent together.