Understanding Learning Styles



All children learn in different ways and at different paces. As parents nurture and care for their child, it is important to observe and watch how they interact with the world around them.  This can indicate how they best learn.

A child’s learning style depends on how they best capture and understand their surroundings. Understanding a child’s learning style may produce beneficial results later on in life with their educational pursuits.

There are 3 basic learning styles: visual/spatial, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic styles. Each learning style differs on how information is best processed in a developing child. Parents should encourage and help develop their child’s learning style, while improving their less developed learning skills.

Different Learning Styles

Visual/Spatial learners benefit from using images, pictures, and written information to better understand new information. These children may become distracted by too much visual stimulation.

Auditory learners gather information by listening to discussion, lecture, and spoken instructions. These children may become distracted by too much noise.

Tactical/Kinesthetic learners benefit from hand-on activities and projects. These children prefer more lively activities to learn. Sitting still for too long or too often may distract them.

Other Contributing Factors

While learning styles are important in allowing children to learn in their most comfortable setting, there are other contributing factors that help children succeed. These other contributing factors involve environmental and sociological settings.

Lesson Structure involves how a child will best understand material. This could be in a logical sequence with systematic steps and objectives or by a freer flowing structure of choice and creativity.

Formal/Informal settingpertains to how a child feels more comfortable when they are learning new material. Formal settings involve traditional chair and desks, while informal settings involve beanbag chairs or even cushioned floor seats.

Individual/Group settinginvolves how a child best learns with other people. Some children are more comfortable in a group while other children are more comfortable learning by themselves.

Other contributing factors include the level of noise in a given learning space, the ambient temperature, and the brightness of the room. These involve the comfort level of the child.

Additional Information about Learning Styles

Parents should keep an eye on how their children move and interact with their surroundings. This will better indicate their learning strengths and weaknesses. While it is important to encourage children to use their learning style, it is also important to improve their underdeveloped learning styles to make them better-rounded and produce the greatest educational success. Parents should also note that children may have multiple learning styles that tend to overlap, which is perfectly normal. Parents can help their child understand their strengths and weaknesses, while challenging them as well.

Learning should be a joy. Using these learning styles appropriately may help children to succeed with their education.

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