Every child has different ways of doing and learning new things. There is a wide variety of research stating that when a child learns through their strongest learning style, the learning will be more fun and remain stored much longer.
Learning Style Description
Visual = Seeing and reading
Auditory = Listening and speaking
Kinesthetic = Touching and doing
According to the VAK model, most people possess a dominant or preferred learning style, however some people have a mixed and evenly balanced blend of the three styles.
I know in my life I tend to teach the way I like to learn and that is through auditory communication (speaking, music, presenters) so I try to be very aware of including visual stimulus and hands on kinesthetic learning.
Making learning easier
To integrate Visual learning style into the learning environment:
* Use graphs, pictures, charts, artwork, or other visual aids.
* Include concept maps and visual organisers such as Venn diagrams.
* Include plenty of content in handouts to reread after the learning session.
* Leave space in handouts for note-taking and give time for this.
To integrate this Auditory style into the learning environment:
* Begin new material with a brief explanation of what is coming.
* Include auditory activities, such as brainstorming, pair sharing, buzz groups, or game shows.
* Have the learners verbalise questions and answers.
* Use positive verbal feedback
To integrate Kinesthetic learning style into the learning environment:
* Use physical activities that get the learners up and moving.
* Play music, when appropriate, during activities.
* Use colored markers to emphasize key points on white boards or note pads.
* Give frequent stretch breaks, brain gym and movement transitions.
* Provide toys such as Koosh balls and Play-Dough to give them something to do with their hands.
Providing activities that appeal to your child's strongest learning style will create more fun and less fuss in developing new skills and knowledge. Most subjects will be able to be modified to suit any learning style.
For Example - Spelling
Visual - Drawing pictures to match spelling words, writing spelling words in rainbow colours.
Auditory - Tape themselves reading and spelling their words. Play it back each night.
Kinesthetic - Create words from play dough, act words out dramatically.