Meet­ing kids half­way

Now that school is in full swing, par­ents should pay at­ten­tion to their child’s pre­ferred method of learn­ing by Nancy Del Col

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With kids of­fi­cially off to class, par­ents are al­ready deal­ing with home­work, lunches and all those after school ac­tiv­i­ties.

One area that par­ents should de­vote their at­ten­tion to is their child’s learn­ing styles. A “learn­ing style” is one’s pre­ferred way of per­ceiv­ing, con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing, or­ga­niz­ing and re­call­ing in­for­ma­tion. It is in­flu­enced by ge­net­ics, pre­vi­ous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, cul­ture and the so­ci­ety one lives in. Iden­ti­fy­ing and un­der­stand­ing your child’s style can help their at-home learn­ing and class­room lear­ing as well. Visual learn­ers Visual learn­ers watch faces in­tently to pick up in­for­ma­tion, and en­joy writ­ten texts, maps and charts. They of­ten re­call the po­si­tion­ing of in­for­ma­tion on a page and can be­come dis­tracted by messy sur­round­ings or move­ment around them. They gen­er­ally dis­like sit­ting and lis­ten­ing for long pe­ri­ods. These learn­ers need a vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. At home, try pre­sent­ing per­ti­nent words or equa­tions on colour­ful posters and wall dis­plays. Au­di­tory learn­ers Au­di­tory learn­ers pre­fer ver­bal in­struc­tions and en­joy di­a­logues, plays, de­bates, dis­cus­sions and sto­ries read aloud. They will solve prob­lems by talk­ing about them and sound out new words pho­net­i­cally. They for­get faces, but re­mem­ber names and what was talked about. Chil­dren who are au­di­tory learn­ers en­joy work­ing in pairs and small groups. Dur­ing at-home study time, try us­ing ed­u­ca­tional videos and record­ings to en­hance the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Telling sto­ries as a fam­ily, singing songs and chant­ing/mem­ory work will sim­plify the re­ten­tion of in­for­ma­tion and even make it en­joy­able. Ki­naes­thetic learn­ers Ki­naes­thetic learn­ers learn through ac­tive in­volve­ment and have dif­fi­culty sit­ting still for One last way that un­der­stand­ing learn­ing pref­er­ences can be help­ful is when it comes to the realm of be­havioural chal­lenges. There ap­pears to be a fine line be­tween chil­dren who are strong ki­naes­thetic learn­ers and those with ADHD (at­ten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der). Since ki­naes­thetic teach­ing meth­ods are the ones used least of­ten in schools, these chil­dren strug­gle in class­rooms that re­quire sit­ting still and lis­ten­ing. The di­rec­tor of Na­tional Read­ing Di­ag­nos­tic In­sti­tute (N.R.D.I.), Ricki Links­man, says, “A ki­naes­thetic learner may not need med­i­ca­tion so much as in­no­va­tive teach­ing meth­ods.” Some­thing to think about if your leg-jig­gling, pen­cil-tap­ping child has been flagged for a po­ten­tial at­ten­tion or be­havioural dis­or­der. It might also be a good idea to have a for­mal as­sess­ment con­ducted by a li­censed child psy­chother­a­pist.

Re­mem­ber, these la­bels are just guide­lines – a way to tune in to your child’s learn­ing habits and bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate with teach­ers. Don’t use them to put your child into a “learn­ing box,” be­cause we all demon­strate var­i­ous styles at dif­fer­ent times.

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