Children and adults have different ways of learning. There are different learning styles that our system is adapting to the environment. At early stage of formal education, these learning styles can be manifested to children These styles can be carried on until adulthood. Surely that as you read this article you will find yourself associated to a certain learning style.
Children/Learners who use eyes or vision to learn fall in this type. They learned faster and effectively when they see a presentation through videos, visual aids, hand outs and other forms of visual media. Usually these learners are silent type readers.
Children/learners use ears to learn effectively. These learners read aloud. They have to hear what they are reading so that they will be able absorb the information. For children they are very much adaptable to storytelling technique to learn best. Music can also help them absorb the content of the subject matter quickly and effectively. For adults, usually the learners should have the music on, (if they can’t or aren’t reading aloud) when they study. Videos can also be effective way to teach them.
Learning by doing is how these learners absorb and understand the lessons. Lessons should be done by demonstration and actual performing the procedure. They are the physical learners. For children they should really see how things are done by touching, feeling and even tasting (if possible) the lesson or object. For example, to be able to identify shapes, there should be objects to identify them with and children should feel the corners for the square and the endless edge of the round shape. It is more comprehensible for the children to learn the concept of A for example if they can touch the edges of the letter and writing them. For adult learners, the learn by doing the procedure or experimentation. Usually the reading habit of these individuals is by using finger going along under the words.
How important it is to know the learning style of a child? This is to help the teachers and the parents to understand the child’s adaptability to learn. Activities and teaching strategies should vary accordingly to allow the individuals the opportunity to absorb the information fully and furthermore to expose and encourage them to adjust each learner to different ways of learning.
What kind of learner are you, a visual, auditory or a tactile? Do you observe your child’s learning style?
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