Understanding your child’s learning style may guarantee a solid elementary school experience. This in turn will help provide a positive school career. And I know…
Mine kinda sucked. Actually not kinda, it did suck.
However, although my years in elementary, middle and high school life were not so optimal, it did allow me to figure out what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it ( I had a lot of time to doodle and dream away while sitting at the desk!)
The key to learning is understanding your learning style.
Now that I have kids, I can see why I slipped through the school system. Every child has a different learning style or a combination of styles which parents must recognize so they can chose the ideal school environment experience for their child. Most kids do have a mixture of styles but usually 1 or 2 will stand out as the primary style. Personally, I would have thrived in a Waldorf or Montessori setting. With my parenting efforts and past experience, I have put a good amount of effort in supporting the best learning styles and techniques that each of my kids express. I want my kids to thrive and have a happy time while in school!
Below is the run down on the different learning styles.
- Visual-Spatial: you are drawn to pictures and images to understand concepts
- Part of brain used: occipital lobes located at the back of the brain
- Kinesthetic/Feeling/Physical: you are drawn to using your body – hands etc to grasp concepts
- Part of the brain used: the cerebellum and the motor cortex
- Auditory/Listening: you are drawn to sound and music to grasp concepts
- Part of the brain used: the temporal lobes (the right being important for music)
- Verbal/linguistic: you use speech and writing to understand concepts
- Part of the brain used: the temporal and frontal lobes ( Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas)
- Logical: you use math concepts – logic, reasoning – to understand concepts
- Part of the brain used: the parietal lobes
- Social: you work optimally in group settings
- Part of the brain used: the frontal and temporal lobes and the limbic system which control emotions
- Solitary: you work optimally working alone and in self-study
- Part of the brain used: the frontal and the temporal lobes and the limbic system which control emotions
With the creating and producing of my series, Human Body Detectives, I wanted to grasp as many of these different styles as possible to ensure learning.
Image credit: Tom Grill