Your source for homeschooling supplies and homeschool curriculum.
 

LEARNING STYLES

When it comes to learning, it isn’t the same for all. And many people actually don’t know that there are various learning styles through which one can enjoy learning. The three most common styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. In the following paragraphs we will see how teachers can use different learning style activities to gain a better control over the class.

Visual learning occurs by what children see. This is done usually by drawing diagrams on the board and using posters or other items such as overhead projectors to display information. The basic idea is to help the children grasp things by visualizing, while the teacher explains the facts simultaneously. Sometimes the students memorize even better if it is presented in the form of a poem, song or melody.

Auditory learning styles permit children to listen to a specific piece, which goes on while the teacher explains a body of knowledge. These styles work effectively for those who like to listen and simultaneously collect the information in their mind. The phonetic approach works best for this style of auditory learning. Learners however are distracted by sounds and loud noises.

Important Resources For Home Educators that'll make sure your child is well educated.

Finally, Kinesthetic learning requires students to take part in classroom activities. Here teachers design the instructions and rules for a certain activity, and students undertake it by forming groups. The main objective of these learning style activities is to engage students in an exercise so that they can themselves gain knowledge.

You can also encourage children to participate in various other learning styles, so that they themselves become acquitted. Some of these learning styles may include field trips, creating and performing dance skits, making models, taking notes and acting in skits and plays.

Now, you know the basic learning styles, but you are yet to know the style in which your child can be most flexible. For that, there are certain guidelines, which, you’ve got to follow. Firstly, notice every little detail of your child. He/she can have a vivid imagination, may have trouble remembering verbal directions and messages, can have a good eye-hand co-ordination, have an inquisitive mind, might be very social and may love to talk. All these can help you track the interests and the learning styles of your kid.

As a teacher also, you have an important role to play in understanding the needs of your students and their learning styles. What you can do is make the classroom lively using varied imaginations and visual aid. Also introduce content through discussions and problem solving activities. Design activities, which will prompt students to do them with enthusiasm.