How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style

How to Identify Your Child’s Learning StyleParents and educators have identified three main types of learning — kinesthetic, visual, and auditory. Usually, children will show a balance among all three, but there may be a particular style that allows them to thrive. If you know your child’s learning style, you’ll have a stronger grasp of how to help her study, and you can be a better advocate for her at school. Knowing her learning style can also better inform your choices as you consider after-school activities, camps, and extracurricular classes.

How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style

As mentioned above, there are three kinds of learners: kinesthetic, visual, and auditory.

Below mentioned will help you identify your child’s learning style.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners are physical. These learners usually have a strong sense of balance, and they learn best by touching or doing things themselves. Kinesthetic learners may have even exhibited some of these characteristics as babies or toddlers by being early crawlers and walkers, or especially physical babies. If so, these strengths have probably stayed with her as she’s grown older.

Child’s Learning Style

Indications:

  • Aptitude in sports, dance, or other physical activities
  • Tendency to fidget while in her seat — she may need to move while processing information
  • Frequent use of gestures when speaking or explaining things
  • A love of hands-on activities and play-acting
  • Enjoyment of writing, drawing, or handwriting exercises

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Auditory Learners

Auditory learners are drawn to sound. They may be especially musical and show an aptitude for playing instruments or singing. They are good listeners and often have verbal strengths. They follow oral directions well.

Child’s Learning Style

Indications:

  • Aptitude in music, instruments, or vocal ability
  • Tendency to sing along to songs or to create her own songs as she plays
  • Strong verbal ability, especially through repetition of words or phrases she’s heard before
  • Ability to listen well and follow verbal directions
  • A love for talking and discussions

Visual Learners

Visual learners are observant of the world around them and are drawn to art. These kinds of learners also have vivid memories. If your child is a visual learner, she may be especially skilled at remembering names, places, and people. She may have even exhibited these skills from a young age, by recognizing the places you’ve returned to together.

Child’s Learning Style

Indications:

  • A vivid imagination
  • An interest in art: painting, drawing, or crafts
  • A strong memory that relays visually-observed information
  • A good sense of direction and an understanding of maps
  • An aptitude for reading and a love of books
  • Recognition of people, faces, and places
  • A keen interest in observing the world around her

Your child probably has some aptitude in each of the three learning styles, but if you look closely, you might see that one of them is particularly strong. This recognition can help you tailor your child’s learning process and build on her innate strengths in the future.

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