In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basics on visual and auditory learners, two of the most common learning styles out there for children and people in general. There are actually several different prominent learning styles out there, and knowing which one your child falls into can be helpful for a few different reasons.
At Summit Academy, we're happy to offer numerous tools and resources to both students and parents of our charter school programs, from enrollment standardsthrough curriculum details, school lunch information and much more. We're also here to assist with various learning needs that any student may have, and we're always cognizant of learning styles within our programs. Today's part two of our series will look at the two other prominent learning styles we know about, plus go over why knowing your child's learning style and catering to it can be helpful through their schooling years.
Also sometimes simply referred to as physical learners, these students learn best by doing. This learning style is characterized by a host of different activities, including touching things, moving around as much as possible and acting out what they're learning. While this may seem like an odd way to learn at first glance, many people actually find themselves naturally falling into this type of learning later on in life when they begin to realize what works best for them.
It's important to note that kinesthetic learners are not only centered around touch, though this is definitely a significant part of their learning. They engage all of the senses, including sound, which is why this learning type is so well-suited for those who are often taken out of the classroom to do things.
The best way to cater to this type of learner actually lies in helping them get as much movement and activity into their day as possible, through activities like recess or even simple things like standing up during study time. Long lectures and drawn-out class time may be tough for these learners, but they'll thrive with a more hands-on approach to learning.
Some specific ways to reach kinesthetic learners, whether in the classroom or at home during study time:
- Flashcards: Kinesthetic learners can benefit from flashcards, especially if they're acting out the information instead of simply reading it.
- Games: This type of learner will often learn best through games, whether board games or even physical ones that require a good bit of movement and interaction.
- Movement during studying: Kinesthetic learners are often the ones standing up and moving around during study time, so instead of trying to get them to sit still, build your routine around the movement.
- Regular breaks: These learners do well with regular breaks, so be sure not to overwhelm them by giving them time off as often as possible.
Reading and Writing Learners
Finally, the fourth learning style that we're aware of is those who prefer to learn via reading and writing. This type of learner is often very comfortable on their own, and enjoys things like reading books or writing short stories or essays.
While some people have a preference between reading or writing, the most common way that this student will learn is through a bit of both. As such, it's important to provide your child with ample opportunities in this area, letting them choose the format they prefer.
Some specific ways to reach reading and writing learners:
- Reading time: This type of learner loves spending time with books, so try to provide them with plenty of opportunities to do just that.
- Writing time: A book report assignment or other writing task will help this type of learner to thrive. Try giving them opportunities to write on their own as much as possible too, letting them choose the topic of what they're writing about.
- Handouts or slides for studying: As this type of learner is often very comfortable with reading and writing, try providing them with handouts or slides to study from when you're working on something together.
- Re-writing course material for memorization: When things need to be memorized for the long-term, this type of learner can benefit from re-writing the material themselves.
Why Knowing Your Child's Learning Style is Helpful
While learning style isn't the only way to determine how your child will learn best, it can be a very helpful tool for choosing activities that work well for their needs. It can also be useful for helping them learn more about themselves, and what they enjoy doing most.
This information is especially handy in the classroom, as it helps teachers to understand exactly how each student learns best so that they can provide activities that cater to their learning style. This will help your child to do better overall in school, regardless of whether they're a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner.
And while learning style isn't the only way to determine your child's best studying methods, it can be very helpful in finding activities that suit their needs. It can also help them to learn more about themselves and what they enjoy doing most. This information is incredibly useful in the classroom, as it can help teachers to better understand how to reach each student when planning lessons and activities.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our charter school programs or services, speak to our team at Summit Academy today.