There are many ways that people learn, but there are three main ways that we take in information. One is through sight. We look at the world around us and we remember. A second is by hearing. We listen to a story or conversation and we remember. The last is by doing, and this is usually the easiest for most people to remember what they learn. Although we all learn through all our senses, we each usually have one that is a little stronger than the others. Most people tell you what that is by how they speak.
My Mom is very visual. When my Dad and her talk about the same news story on TV my Mom will say things like, “Did you see that car accident?” My father will reply with, “Yes, the crash sounded awful.” My Dad is very auditory. Auditory learners often talk slightly slower too, because words have a lot of meaning to them.
When I want my Mom to understand what I am trying to communicate, I use a lot of visual words like look and see. I sometimes even draw a picture so she can understand easier. For a visual child, they need to read the words. Reading a book helps them to understand concepts. Sometimes I need someone to spell their name for me to remember it, especially if it is more unusual. For a child that needs to hear something to learn, you may see them stare off into space. This helps them to concentrate on the words being said without distraction. These children need a textbook read to them to remember what is says.
Everyone learns through doing, so actually writing helps children to learn letters a lot faster and easier too. This is why I like to have children practice handwriting. When they learn letters, I have them write short notes to people. I love having another class to trade letters with. When children write to each other and become friends, they put meaning into their words and how well they write because they want to be able to communicate well. It doesn’t matter how the child learns, but what does matter is how YOU teach. Teaching for all learning styles helps everyone to learn. Always remember that learning should be fun, because when they’re laughing, they’re learning, so always Teach With Giggles! Written by Raeann Hansen 2019