Learning styles can be broken down into three main types: visual, kinesthetic and auditory. If you can figure out which is your child’s primary mode of learning, you will have a much easier time communicating with him:
- Visual: Learns by seeing, drawings, shapes.
- Kinesthetic: Learns by movement, actions, doing.
- Auditory: Learns by hearing, tones, sound patterns.
A simple way I like to figure out how my child learns is by having them make a phone call. I write down a number, say it to them, then have them dial it several times. Then I ask hem to recall the number for me. How do they remember it? By seeing the numbers in their head, hearing it or recall the pattern of dialing?
Another way to determine your child’s learning style is to have them memorize Scripture. The Read and Share Devotional is a perfect tool for the younger child with the visual stimulation its 3D lenticular cover provides. It also comes with a free audio download of Scripture memory songs children will love singing along with. Narrated by Kirk Cameron, this full-length album reinforces the Bible verses and helps children commit them to memory…it makes great use of all learning styles!
Once you are aware of your child’s learning style, you can work on communicating with them through their style. This is easy for the child that has the same learning style you do. You probably already communicate easily with that child. When you do not share the same style, it is up to you to find ways to share ideas in styles that are not your own. Act something out for your kinesthetic learner or read aloud to the auditory guy. Discovering your child’s learning style will add a whole new level of ways for you to communicate. And there’s nothing sweeter than showing your child you care about who they are and how they learn.
What helpful ways have you uncovered to determine your child’s learning style?