What is my child’s learning style?
As a parent, you have a preferred way of teaching, but your child also has a preferred way of learning. Not only does this learning style determine how he best processes information, but it also helps him with retention and the ability to perform better on academic tests. After observing your child, which of these learning styles best describes the way your child likes to learn?

Kinesthetic
Does your child have a need to touch everything? If you have a tactile learner, he won’t be content to learn with worksheets or listening to lectures. Rather, this child will need to manipulate his environment in order to learn by feeling textures, weight, and shapes. To help this child better absorb what is being taught, homeschool parents will need to take lessons off the page and bring them to life!
Hands-On Learners
Are good at sports
Can’t sit still for long
Aren’t great at spelling
Don’t have great handwriting
Like science labs
Study with loud music
Like adventure books and movies
Like role playing or pantomime
Need breaks when studying
Build models and love construction
Are involved in martial arts or dance
Are fidgety during lectures
Struggle with reading for information

Curriculum should allow for
Shorter study periods
Lab classes
Role playing
Field trips and visits to museums
Study with others
Use of memory games
Use of flash cards for memorization

Worst Test Type: Long tests, essays
Best Test Type: Short definitions, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice
Encouragement Method: Responds best to a pat on the back

Auditory
Listening is key for auditory learners. Whether you put facts to music, assign books on CDs, or just read lessons out loud, an auditory learner needs to have his ears involved to retain information in the brain. Asking your child to verbally restate what you have just read to him along with lesson repetition are great techniques to help this type of learner.

Auditory Learners:
Like to read out loud to self
Are not afraid to speak in class
Like oral reports
Are good at explaining
Remember names
Notice sound effects in movies
Enjoy music
Are good at grammar and foreign language
Read slowly
Follow spoken directions well
Can’t keep quiet for long periods
Enjoy acting, being on stage
Are good in study groups

Curriculum should allow for
Word association for remembering facts and lines
Music, rhymes, rhythm instruments, and echo games
Watching videos
Repeating facts with eyes closed
Participation in group discussions
Using audiotapes for language practice
Taping notes after writing them

Worst Test Type: Timed reading passages with written answers
Best Test Type: Oral exams
Encouragement Method: Responds best to verbal praise

Visual
For a child who learns visually, to see is to understand. Preferring to process information using pictures and images, spatial learners easily remember where things are and need to have everything in its place. They flourish best when demonstrated the skill to be learned (“show me”) and find written directions, well-defined assignments, and workbooks most appealing.

Visual Learners
Are good at spelling but forget names
Need quiet study time
Have to think awhile before understanding lecture
Observant of details and visually organized
Have a large reading vocabulary at an early age
Doodle on note paper when talking
Are easily distracted by visual stimuli
Aware of spatial relationships
Function best when they “see” what’s expected
Like colors and fashion
Dream in color
Understand/like charts, diagrams, puzzles
Are good with sign language

Curriculum should allow for
Drawing maps of history events or drawing scientific process
Making outlines of everything
Diagramming sentences
Taking notes, making lists
Watching videos
Color coding words, researching notes
Outline reading
Using flashcards
Using highlighters, circling words, underlining

Worst Test Type: Listen and respond tests
Best Test Type: Diagramming, reading maps, essays, showing a process
Encouragement Method: Responds best to visible rewards like stickers, stars, etc.

Original message : http://www.aophomeschooling.com/

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I am a professional recruiter and mom of a bright, energetic 5 year old daughter. Cause for this blog:- like any other parent I always hunt for lessons, articles which is useful for my Daughter, so I thought my collections could be useful for moms like me.

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