Learning, in every sense of the word, is an instinctual act of acquiring and improving knowledge, skills, choices, and philosophies. It’s an evolutionary mainstay that helps every person survive. And it always starts at a very young age.
Learning among children is crucial, and it pays that you know the ways they process it. When you have an idea of how they acquire knowledge, you can teach them effectively, knowing that you have already gauged their pace and intellectual capacity. It’s great to know that public and private organisations, such as the Ministry of Education and Heguru Education and Review Centre, continuously conduct researches on learning in order to improve teaching techniques. Here’s a brief guide about kids’ learning styles and the right ways of teaching them.
Child psychologists and learning experts claim that there are three types of learning styles. There are those who learn through visualisation (visual learners); those who pick up new knowledge through hearing (auditory learners); and those who learn through experiments (kinaesthetic/tactile learners).
Visual learners are often imaginative, and they are attracted to the beauty of spoken and written language. They are the types of learners who take notes and rely on models before they finally act on what they have just learned. Auditory learners, one the other hand, are the learners who memorise things by listening to them as they are being told. They usually have musical and oratorical inclinations. Kinaesthetic learners are those who manipulate learning variables to come up with a result. They are hands-on, and they enjoy doing experiments.
When you teach visual learners, you’re supposed to use photographs, drawings, and flash cards. You also need to minimise noise and supervision. Help auditory learners pick up new skills by making them attend musicals or listen to audio books and educational songs. Encourage them to record or play a musical instrument. Teach kinaesthetic learners by making them watch instructional shows, or by encouraging them to pay attention to how you get things done.
It’s important that you find out whether your child learns through a single method or the use of mixed styles. It’s equally imperative to determine if your child has a learning disability, so you can address the issue as soon as possible. Work with a tutor or enrol your child in a training centre.