THE FOUR LEARNING STYLES
Learning styles are about the way knowledge is shared, so that your child learns the most from it.
There are four general learning styles.
We all have a preference for one of them. Or variations of them.
1 – Touching things (tactile)
Memory games are an excellent example of this learning style. Here, your child has to touch the pieces while putting two things together.
To collect and pull things apart is another way of learning by touching.
It can also be something as simple as using a yoyo, a fidget spinner, or a pen while you are learning something new.
A pen can be used to both draw and take notes. Or clicking, until the rest of the people in the room go crazy over the sound of it…!
It is all about using your hands to touch something while you’re learning.
2 – Moving around (kinesthetic)
This is about engaging in physical games, such as playing with a ball or roleplaying, while your child is learning.
Your child has to use their whole body while they learn. They can also walk around while listening to a book.
The need for activity while learning is not necessarily a sign that your child is not paying attention.
3 – Listening (auditory)
Maybe your child is good at listening to new knowledge and enjoys sitting and listening to the teacher in school.
This learning style also shows itself when you find your child is interested in, for instance, listening to a book.
Maybe your child often says, “Explain this to me!”
4 – Watching (visual)
Your child simply learns by seeing things. That can be done with a drawing, pictures, tables, and so on.
This learning style is interesting for dyslexic people. Even those without dyslexia learn visually and are great at learning by seeing a text. That is exactly what dyslexic people are not good at.
So, if your dyslexic child has a visual learning style, it is not the same as your child learning by seeing a text. Instead, your child learns by seeing pictures and similar stimulations.
Maybe your child is asking, “Can you show this to me?”
Your child has several preferences
Besides these four fundamental learning preferences, there are also a lot of other factors that are a part of your child’s preferred learning style.
It may be that you (and your child’s teacher) are getting frustrated over the fact that your child does not want to sit still while learning. We have designed most classrooms and homes with chairs and tables, and those are there to be used, right?
But it may be that your child feels much better about standing or lying down.
I have collected some examples of elements that your child may prefer, together with one of the four general learning styles.