Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Know your child

Know your child’s learning style and then support them to study.

As a child he/she learns differently. However, we can see the child has different styles of learning and which has been cut down to visual ie., look and learn, physical ie., learn by doing or audible ie., hear and understand the concepts. When we see these learning styles and then probably break down each of these learning three styles down even further and arrive at a handful of sub-levels.
Learning is complex, as the concepts are understood by everyone is unique in their own way. They learn in their own way a well.
1.     Visual: Children prefer to use pictures, images, diagrams, colours and mind maps. They take the slightest opportunity to do it colourful and present it very well.
2.     Physical: Children prefer learn by ‘doing’. Here they use their body to assist in their learning. Drawing diagrams on a chart paper to represent, using physical objects like magnetic boards to build a word, or role playing are all the strategies of the physical learner.
3.     Aural:  Children prefer using sound they understand the concepts. They prefer to learn using rhythms, music, recordings, and learn quickly the concepts.
4.     Verbal: Children can be a verbal learner and he /she prefers using words, both in speech and In writing to assist in their learning. They make the most of word based techniques, scripting, and reading content aloud.
5.     Logical: Children prefer the’ logical reasoning’ and ‘systems ‘to explain or understand the concepts. They aim to understand the reasons behind the learning and have a good ability to understand the bigger picture.
6.     Social: Children understand and enjoy learning in groups or with other people and have a good ability to understand the bigger picture.
7.     Solitary: Children learns or prefers learn alone and through self study. In reality many fall into this category. This depends on the learning style which he/she is. A combination of multiple styles helps them to solidify the learning that takes place.
 As a parent or as a teacher, we must always understand the preferences and engage them in a variety of styles. If we understand our children better it will be helpful and it will go a long way in learning retention.