What is your learning style?
I was having a discussion with another homeschooling mom today and we got on the topic of learning styles. One of the best parts about homeschooling is being able to adapt the curriculum and lessons to your own child’s learning style.
For us, that means lesson time is interrupted with many body breaks. Sometimes he drops down and bangs out pushups, other times he’s practicing karate moves and cartwheels. It’s a quick release of energy that greatly helps with his focus throughout the day. Regardless of the breaks however, he still shifts in his seat, stands and sways, bounces on one foot, and his eyes dart from one thing to the other; but he is retaining all the information given to him. He’s listening and being truly attentive even though it looks like he’s just goofing off.
It’s how he processes and I have to adapt to that. That is why we do this. So he can grow and achieve at his insanely fast pace, and not get in trouble for humming while reading, or saying his math problems out loud. Control over that will come in time (maybe).
He shifts in his seat, he stands and sways, he bounces on one foot, and his eyes dart from one thing to the other; but he is retaining all the information given to him.
Everyone learns and processes information differently. The three main styles of cognitive learning are: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Recognizing the differences between them and finding your child’s learning style can help when preparing lessons. Keep in mind, their style is most likely a mix or combination of characteristics; but recognizing and planning for their strengths will help make lessons successful.
Visual Learners/Spatial Learners:
• Generally prefer pictures, images, graphs, charts, maps, etc.
• Organize information with diagrams, mind maps, and color coding
• Tend to remember things better when they are written down
• Learn best by listening, hearing, and speaking
• Reading is better understood when read aloud
• Concentrate and process better when there is background noise present
Kinesthetic Learners/Tactile Learners:
• Actively participate by touching, building, or doing – hands-on activities
• Take frequent, small breaks for movement
• Process best when body and mind are engaged
For some additional information about learning styles and helpful tips on how to adapt your lessons for each check out this article by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.