One of the most fascinating as well as challenging things about young people is that they don’t all learn the same way. Some students can hear a piece of music and then play it. Others can see flashcards and memorize their multiplication facts. Some prefer to physically perform a hands-on experiment. Depending on the age level, you can find many systems of classifying learning styles, but here we’ll consider three learning styles for young children: visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic. It’s very unlikely that your child only learns using one of these styles, as most learning takes place using a combination of them. Often times, though, one learning style becomes prominent and the preferred way that your child best learns.
Visual learners observe and process through watching demonstrations, and they often think pictorially. Directions in writing are often necessary for visual learners to remember what needs to be done.
Auditory learners remember much of what they hear. Discussing what they are learning with a peer or a group helps them best process new information. They are good at remembering oral instructions and details from lectures.
Tactile-kinesthetic learners do best with hands-on experiences and movement. Even moving while studying or reading helps the tactile-kinesthetic learner to better remember information. This type of student may have difficulty staying still for long periods of time.
As you can see, the different learning styles can easily overlap. A child may be a visual learner for math and an auditory learner when it comes to reading and stories. Students may need some degree of all three types of stimulation in order to truly master a concept. Learning styles are very fluid, but understanding them can help you tailor the way you help your kids study at home for maximum success in school and in life.