Your child’s learning style is basically just the way in which they absorb information. There are three main types of learning style: visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic. If you can figure out which one is most applicable to your son or daughter as early as possible, you will be more equipped to encourage them to learn when you are working together at home. It’s also wise to try and identify your own learning style, because it might conflict with that of your child. I have teamed up with a private school in London to help parents understand the different learning styles in more detail.
A visual learner prefers to see information written down on paper. They learn through imagery and tend to enjoy drawing. If your child is a visual learner, it might help them to invest in lots of coloured pens and encourage them to use charts, mind-maps and other diagrams to help them learn. Board games are also good for visual learners as well as videos and picture books. If you’re trying to teach them something or explain an element of their homework to them, it might help to get a video up on YouTube.
Auditory learners are better able to retain information through sounds and music, rather than books. They might like to read aloud, rather than in their heads, and may be drawn to audiobooks and podcasts. If your child is an auditory learner and you’re trying to explain something to them, it’s better to do so verbally rather than right things down or point to diagrams. Use conversations about school and what they are learning about in class to reinforce the information they have learnt.
A kinaesthetic learner will prefer hands-on activities like sport or drama. They want to touch and feel things whilst they are learning and typically struggle to sit still for long periods of time. If your child is a kinaesthetic learner, make sure they have something to doodle or fiddle with whilst doing schoolwork, as it will help them focus. If you want to explore learning activities with them at home, experiments and nature walks are good options, rather than paper and pencil tasks.