What is your child's learning style?
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[AUG. 23, 2005]
I have been hearing about different learning styles. My daughter has
just started school, and I would like to know how you can recognize
someone's learning style.
A. Great question!
There's no "best" way to learn, but by discovering your child's
learning style, you can go a long way toward helping her achieve
Does your child listen to stories
for hours? Then she's probably an auditory learner. She learns
best when she can listen. You can help her by repeating math
facts or spelling words aloud.
Does your child prefer to see
things written down? That's a sign that she's a visual learner.
Help her learn to make charts or pictures. Post spelling words
on the mirror or the refrigerator.
Does your child touch everything
in sight? Does she take things apart to see how they work? She's
probably a kinesthetic, tactile learner. She needs hands-on
learning. Let her put on a play to show you what she learned in
Here's a strategy you can use at home to determine your child's
learning style. Get a dictionary and find 15 words that are new to
your child. Write down the words and their definitions. Now make
three lists of five words each.
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On the first day, give your child
one list and tell her to learn the words with her eyes. She can
study them and copy them over as much as she likes.
On the second day, give your
child a second list and tell her to learn the words with her
ears. She should read the words and definitions out loud and
listen as carefully as she can.
On the third day, give your child
the third list and tell her to learn the words with her hands
and body. She should try to act them out or perhaps move to
music in a way that makes her think of the word's meaning.
Then talk with her about which set of words she now thinks she
understands best. Is it the "seeing" words, the "listening" words or
the "doing" words? Whichever she chooses probably represents her
best learning style. Encourage her to use this style when doing
homework and studying.
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