How Our Children Learn

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Human beings are incredibly complex creatures. There are variances in our physiology, our emotions and our personalities and we each have different preferences, likes, dislikes, learning styles, natural abilities and so on. Each one of us is completely unique and different to the other and this, as much as our genetic make up is something we have from birth. So, whilst we are incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful schooling system that gives children a rounded and full education, teaching each pupil in a way most suited to them at all times is an impossible task, therefore we are taught in a variety of manners – some which suit us and some which we find more challenging.

In brief, we will discuss each of the common learning styles and how to encourage them at home:

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1. Those Who Learn With Logic

These individuals love puzzles and to understand of each step of a given process. Maths is frequently their strong point and they are less a creative and more an analytical thinker in the classroom, thriving on tasks that involve problem solving.

Encouraging These Learners

You can encourage this type of individual by working with them to solve logical puzzles in the form of computer games or DIY science experiments.

2. Those That Are Auditory Learners

These individuals have an undeniable affinity for the spoken word and are their skillset is often associated with excellent memory. They can spell well and find it easy to learn phonetically, often excelling in subjects that have a musical component to them.

Encouraging These Learners

Simple activities such as reading aloud and playing games with tape recorders can help these learners to excel, catering for their natural abilities perfectly.

3. Those Who Learn Kinaesthetically

These learners may appear more extrovert, they love to be active and physically demonstrate their point to you as supposed to verbally saying it. Concentration in silence for long periods of time isn’t where their skill set lies and they prefer to be up and about, learning by doing.

Encouraging These Learners

Active learning is perfect for these individuals, applying theories and concepts to fun activities to enable them to learn and understand by being hands on.

4.  Those Who Learn Visually

Visual learners are often talented at art and learn via imagery and visual stimulation. Ideas need to be put in front of them in a format they can see rather than imagine and they often interpret visual aids such as maps and diagrams with ease.

Encouraging These Learners

Board games are a great way to nurture these individuals’ abilities. As they learn visually, adapting traditional learning by encouraging these individuals to apply concepts and theories to pictures can really cater to their abilities.

Kumon are a private tutoring company based in Ealing that work with children individually to encourage the most efficient learning for their ability. The BBC also has some fantastic online learning resources for children, you can visit their site here.

So there we have it! Do any of the above traits fit with your children?