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Learning Styles

Understanding your child’s learning style affects what curriculum you choose and how you teach. Knowing your own learning style will help you understand that what works for you may not work for you child. There are three basic learning styles to understand.

 

Kinesthetic Learners

Shows emotions through general body tone

Prefers to conduct business while doing something (holding pencil, tapping foot, etc.)

Shifts positions frequently at school, church, etc.

Chooses physical activities over stationary ones

When angry: tenses physically

As rewards: gives hugs, pats on back, etc.

Fidgets when concentrating

Jumps right into doing

Kinesthetic Learners
learn best using:
Puzzles
Crafts
Science kits
Games
Models
Dioramas

 

Visual Learners

Shows emotions through facial expressions

Prefers to conduct business in a letter (provides a written record)

Likes quiet to aid concentration

Enjoys going to a movie, theater, television viewing; or reading

When angry: stays silent, walks away

As rewards; gives smiles, stickers, posts work for others to see

Looks up or straight ahead when concentrating

Wants to watch/observe before attempting something new

Visual Learners
learn best using:
Maps
Posters
Pictures
Videos
Collages/Mobiles
Timelines

 

Auditory Learners

Show emotions through voice quality

Prefers to conduct business over the phone (to save time)

Turns on the radio first

Enjoys listening to the radio, attending a concert, playing instruments or talking to a friend

When angry: tells others why (sometimes, everyone)

Looks down when concentrating

Needs verbal instructions

Auditory Learners
learn best using:
Books on CD
Music
Tapes
Discussion
Narration
Memorization