Understanding your child’s learning style is key to educational success
Learn about three learning styles and tips for identifying the one that fits your child best.
Children display many of the same traits as parents, such as athletic ability, musical taste and educational interests. However, their styles of learning may be completely different. Children see the world through their own lens, and it is important to affirm this lens in a way that allows them to build on their natural strengths.
Having a CCA parent or caretaker identify a child’s learning style may be integral to his or her educational success.
At CCA, our new learning management system, edio, provides courses that can be personalized for each child’s learning style.
If you know your child's learning style, you will have a stronger grasp of effective study methods and the best fit for after-school activities, camps and extracurricular classes.
Parents and educators have identified three main types of learning – kinesthetic, visual and auditory. Your child may display some aptitude in each of these learning styles. Therefore, identifying the best style might take a little detective work. Ultimately, this recognition can help you tailor your child's education to better suit his or her needs.
Type 1: Kinesthetic learners
Kinesthetic learners are driven by the sense of touch. They are very active and physically expressive. These learners usually have a strong sense of balance and learn best by doing things themselves. However, kinesthetic learners can struggle with following directions.
Signs your child is a kinesthetic learner:
- Aptitude in sports, dance or other physical activities
- Tendency to fidget/inability to sit still
- Frequent use of gestures when speaking or explaining things
- An interest in hands-on activities such as writing and drawing
Learning tools that may work best for a kinesthetic learner include craft projects, math manipulatives, tracing, creating visual tools and dramatic plays.
Type 2: Visual learners
Visual learners, on the other hand, are observant of the world around them. Children who are visual learners may show a keen interest in photographs and illustrations. They also tend to retain information presented to them on screens (whether computers, televisions or movies). However, they can struggle with projects requiring “outside the box” thinking.
Signs your child is a visual learner:
- A vivid memory of names, places and people
- An aptitude for reading
- An interest in art (painting, drawing or crafts)
- A good sense of direction and an understanding of maps
Learning tools that may be helpful for visual learners include matching games, flash cards, pictures, graphs, timelines, videos and maps.
Type 3: Auditory learners
Auditory learners prefer to take in information by listening. They’re great communicators and often learn to talk at an early age. They also tend to easily remember verbal instructions, songs and stories. However, they may struggle with attention to detail in written work, math, science and history.
Signs your child is an auditory learner:
- Aptitude for playing musical instruments or singing
- Strong verbal ability, especially through repetition of words and phrases
- Ability to listen well and follow oral directions
- Sharp ability to notice sounds that others don't recognize
Learning tools for auditory learners include music, rhymes, audiobooks and conversation.
A child could have more than one learning style, so he or she may exhibit traits in more than one area. However, one area may be stronger than the rest. Therefore, identifying learning style is the first step to getting your child on a path to success.