• Recognizing Different Learning Styles

    Recognizing your children's learning styles can help you ensure they get the education they deserve. Your child's teacher should already be aware of your child's learning style; however, if that's not the case, you can make it the first point of discussion during your next parent-teacher conference. Here is some quick background on each learning style.

    Visual learners are able to recall what they see and prefer written instructions. These students learn by observing and working with maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, pictures, time lines, and text with a lot of pictures. They often close their eyes to visualize or remember something.

    Your child learns through hearing and listening. He probably plays a musical instrument and often hums when thinking or studying. He acquires knowledge by reading aloud.

    This style involves both the written and spoken word. Verbal learners like to read, write, and play with words, including rhymes and puns. They know the meaning of words and make an effort to find the meaning of new words.

    This learner prefers using his body, hands, and sense of touch to learn about the world around him. When learning a new skill or topics, he prefers to play with the physical parts as soon as possible. For example, he prefers to take apart an engine and put it back together, rather than reading about how it works or looking at diagrams.

    If your child prefers using logic and reasoning to understand new topics, she is a logical learner. She recognizes patterns easily and can perform complex calculations with numbers. She works through problems and issues in a systematic way and creates procedures for future use.

    Your child prefers to learn in groups or with other people. He communicates well with others, both verbally and non-verbally. He also listens well and understands other people's views. He heightens his learning by bouncing his thoughts off of other people and listening to how they respond.

    This student prefers to work alone. She is introspective, independent, and concentrates on the current topic. She prefers to work on problems by retreating to somewhere quiet and working through possible solutions.