Taking the time to learn and observe the ins and outs of our own children is the best way to help them succeed in life. One important thing to grasp from watching them is how they learn. We are all different in this area, even from parent to child. Which can make it slightly difficult to understand, you have to realize that your child very well may be different from you in the way that they learn. Education has come a long way in identifying and paying attention to children as individuals but to manage and dissolve frustrations at home, we also have to play into this and encourage it as parents. So, how do you know what style of learning your own child is drawn too? Watch them! You will quickly pick up on the things that they enjoy the most because they are doing them all the time! Find your child's preferences and it is a quick-guide to understanding their learning style.
There is a range of recognized learning styles for children and I will go through each with you:
VISUAL LEARNERS (SPATIAL)
These children love to look at objects. These kids love to draw or doodle all day long. They do best when they can see what they are learning about and picture it in their mind. They are easily frustrated by reading or listening to directions. They can be most successful if use visual cues for them to learn: whiteboards, pictures, maps, visual organizers, colored diagrams, etc.
AURAL LEARNERS (AUDITORY-MUSIC)
These children thrive on listening! These kiddos could be found listening to music or loving a more typical classroom set-up. They prefer to hear directions instead of reading them. They can become frustrated with movements and distractions if they are trying to learn. These children do well with stories by CD or your typical "lecture" style of teaching or repeating directions aloud.
SOCIAL LEARNERS (INTERPERSONAL)
These little butterflies enjoy working in groups and taking the lead. They function best in the group activities while making them do a project alone will leave them confused and dazed needing lot of direction. They love to play games with others and they need to bounce ideas off someone else before feeling fully confident in their thoughts. These kids love to be center of attention and will do most anything to please others. They are usually considered the "teacher's pets" because of their willingness to help anyone they can.
Of course not all children are exactly all one style or another. Many children are a beautiful combination of styles, and the more you can learn about who your child is the easier manageability you will have to help them succeed in school and in life. Find your child's combination of preferred skills and interests and you will have an easier time gaining their attention and getting them to follow through with directions and spending quality, meaningful time with them at home.