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Identify ways that children can learn

Updated on February 29, 2016

Learning can be broken down into three main styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic or tactile. To better help your kids learn, it becomes important to know what each of your child's learning styles are.


What are the learning styles?

Visual

Visual learning is when the person learns best from visual stimulation. Seeing charts, pictures, watching television, and diagrams, or creating these things as a way to better represent the information to be learned. This means using the eyes visually is important. An unobstructed view is what they like best; which means, they normally will sit in the front of a class room.

Auditory

Auditory learning is about listening to what needs to be learned. This can include things like watching television, music, radio, a teacher speaking, or listening to music while learning, or making up little jingles to remember things. They have a tendency to read aloud to learn. That is right; this is all about listing. They pick areas where they can hear the best.

Kinesthetic or Tactile

Tactile is all about learning through touch. Getting the feel of something takes on new meaning here. Because with tactile learning, you need to touch or do things in order to learn. Individuals with this learning style, prefer hands-on experience as a way of learning.

What is your learning style?

Before you can help your children understand what their learning style is, you need to know what YOUR learning style is. There are a number of places on the Internet where you can take a quick test that will give you a clue, as to what your learning style is. I have included a link at the bottom of this hub of just such a test. The learning style an individual uses, depends on the body senses they favor more than the others. Now that you have a clue as to your learning style, it is time to figure out what your kids learning style is.

Just because you have determine your learning style, does not mean that your kids will have the same learning style. Each person develops their own learning style in time.

Your kids learning style

To help your kids with their education, walk through a learning style test with them to get an understanding of what their learning style may be. I would suggest you do this once every few years to see if their learning style has changed.

Learning Styles

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Parents and Teachers working together

Once you think you have determine your child's learning style, work with the teachers to see how you both can help your child learn better. At home, create the condition (if possible) for this environment that your child can learn best in. Get the child to realize that when doing home-work, it would probably be easier for them if they did their home-work in the environment you created for them because of their style of learning.

Then, to make sure your child is on track to getting a good education, track your child's progress. Know when things are good, and when things are not so good. The information you get from tracking how your child does, can give you more information about what you need to improve your child learning environment.

All kids are different.

Lastly, remember that each child is different. So, do not be surprise if you have to setup more than one area in your home to maximize any one specific child's learning ability.

And, pay it forward. Share this information with your kids parents. When all the kids are doing similar things, it can also make the difference in the child's learning success.

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      seenamary 

      5 years ago

      Speaking of online learning, there's actually this great site to help students understand what method of learning suits them best. They have a learning style assessment module, you can take it for free. Here's the link: http://www.mycourseroom.com

      Cheers,

      Seena.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      this is a nice article, and I agree that every child is different and must be dealt accordingly, but in general my opinion is that we are a visual society, we are attracted to images as well,

      thanks for this one, Maita

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very important article. I fouund out about Learning Styles when I started Teaching and if used properly - is so effective in helping learners.

      I really like the way you have explained it and hope others learn from it. Would like to print it out for my friend as she helps her kids with homework.

      Thanks. :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      Interesting article and I enjoyed doing the test... I am a visual learner

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      Deborah Waring 

      8 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      It would be beneficial for all parents to be aware of the 3 basic learning types when their child starts school.My eldest child is dyslexic and I find for her that the kinestetic style works best.Very often people find they share a combination of these learning styles and therefore teachers should accommodate all aspects of these learning strategie preferences so that children can achieve their true academic potential.

      Another great article.Thanks for the test,I discovered I am mostly a visual learner!

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