While each child is unique, learning styles tend to fall into three distinct categories: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Auditory learners do better by listening rather than reading. Expecting an auditory learner to excel by reading sets all involved up for frustration. However, providing the same material in an auditory format plays to this learner’s strengths.
Visual learners thrive on charts, graphs, videos, and text. At the same time, they may experience difficulty understanding spoken instructions. Telling a visual learning child to attend to certain chores may not be productive, while leaving notes with instructions will most likely yield favorable outcomes.
Kinesthetic learners need to feel what they are learning. Hands-on experiences and activities are best for this group of learners. Understandably, children who need to move and touch to learn have difficulty sitting for long stretches of time.
The adage in Proverbs states, “Educate the child according to his way, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Written by King Solomon, these words ring just as true today. By acquainting themselves with their child’s style of learning, parents can help teachers create a path for success in the future.
About Dr. Joseph Frey: A seasoned psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Joseph Fray is a co-owner of Partners in Achievement Learning Centers in Augusta, Georgia.