Thursday, January 13, 2011

Learning Styles

This is and always will be a topic of interest to people! I am happy to say that I am glad to be able to homeschool to cater to my children's different styles! Learning styles are very important to how children will learn and retain the info given. There is no right or wrong learning style. Children show a preference for one of the following basic learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic/manipulative. It is not uncommon to combine learning styles. 

Visual learners learn by watching. They call up images from the past when trying to remember. They picture the way things look in their heads. Forty percent of students fall under visual learners.

Auditory learners tend to spell phonetically. They can sometimes have trouble reading, because they don't visualize well. These students learn by listening and remember facts when they are presented in the form of a poem, song or melody.

Kinesthetic learners learn best through movement and manipulation. They like to find out how things work and are often successful in the practical in the arts, such as carpentry or design. These students make up 50 percent of secondary students and have difficulty learning in a traditional setting.

Knowing your child's preferred learning style can help you interest a child in new material. With this information you can also learn which style your child needs to strengthen because of the way most information is presented in school. Only 10 percent of secondary students learn best auditory, but 80 percent of instructional delivery is auditory.

You also need to understand your environment can make a huge difference as well.

Here is a wonderful link I ran across the other day. I wanted to share it with you. This is a Learning Style Quiz for your child. It consists of 15 short questions.
http://www.homeschoolviews.com/quiz/quiz-child-main.html


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