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Do You Know Your Child's Learning Style?
By: Jane Saeman
Each of your children has their own exclusive learning style. We process information coming at us in many different ways. You can
help your child learn by figuring out their learning style and determining the most effective way to "encode" that information so that
they can assimilate it easier and more fully. The three major learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Visual learners think in images and pictures. Their mind is like a mini video camera that is always set on 'record'--in order to
remember an event they 'play' back the image in their head. A visual learner will frequently do well in the classroom setting
because the majority of information and testing in the school system is visual.
Visual students like to read, look at pictures and observe others around them. Make sure that you include pictures, videos and
computers in order to keep the visual child's attention. Children that learn visually also love to write, draw and organize things.
Auditory learners have superior listening skills and have the capability to notice slight nuances in words, tone inflection and overall
meaning. Students who frequently talk and/or sing to themselves are usually auditory learners. Auditory children love to take part in
discussions but are easily distracted by outside noises, other conversations going on at the same or music. Permit your student to
talk through situation in order to reach solutions and open to their need for interaction or verbal repetition.
Kinesthetic learners want to learn through experiencing and touching things. These children have to 'do' in order to learn and their
memory is directly linked to bodily interaction. Kinesthetic children sometimes have difficulty in the classroom because most
material is geared toward the audit