Solution Name: How Does My Child Learn?
Auditory learners tend to benefit most from traditional teaching techniques. Many teachers use a lecture-style forum, presenting information by talking to their students. Regulating voice tone, inflection and body language will help all students maintain interest and attention. Auditory learners succeed when directions are read aloud, speeches are required, or information is presented and requested verbally.
Some students rely upon a visual learning style: Visual learners benefit from diagrams, charts, pictures, films and written directions. These students will value to-do lists, assignment logs and written notes. Many of these techniques, however, also benefit kinesthetic learners.
Kinesthetic learners are most successful when totally engaged with the learning activity. They acquire information fastest when participating in a science lab, drama presentation, skit, field trip, dance or other active activity. Because of the high numbers of kinesthetic learners, education is shifting toward a more hands-on approach; manipulatives and other "props" are incorporated into almost every school subject, from physical education to language arts. Hands-on teaching techniques are gaining recognition because they address the challenging needs of kinesthetic learners, as well as the diverse needs of auditory and visual learners.
When a child identifies his or her unique learning style, it can begin to build upon it. Understanding learning styles is only a first step in maximizing potential and overcoming learning differences.
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