As you know, children don’t come with instructions. When a child experiences trouble learning or doing homework, it can be challenging for the parents to find out why and what to do about it.
Luckily, there is an easy way to help and prevent learning problems in the first place: Determining your child’s learning style.
Every child has at least one dominant style. Watch your kid – not only while studying. A child’s learning style becomes visible in all kinds of situations, even in their choice of hobbies.
Does your child learn best by watching people or looking at videos, research papers for sale and images? Do they display a remarkable variety of facial expressions? Are they good at drawing and like to use many different colors? Do they easily understand the rules of an unfamiliar game if they watch others play it? Are they especially interested in art, photographs and movies?
If so, your child might be a Visual learner.
Is your child an eloquent talker? Do they love listening to music, and memorize lyrics of songs faster than others? Are they good at remembering and re-telling stories they were told? Do they try to find a problem’s solution by discussing it? Do they prefer reading out loud? Are they sometimes recording themselves with a voice recorder?
Your child might be an Audal/Auditory learner.
Does your child love to read, and do they frequently recite information they have read? Are they keeping a diary or writing their own little poems and stories? Do they prefer reading instructions instead of listening to an explanation? Before tackling a task, are they writing down each step that needs to be done? Do they frequently look up words in a dictionary or encyclopedia?
If this describes your child, they might be a Read/Write learner.
Does your child want to touch everything? Are they good at crafts and working with their hands? Do they enjoy physical activites, move around a lot and have trouble standing still for a long time? Do they twirl their pen or wiggle their feet while doing homework? Are they walking around while reading? Do they always have to do something themselves in order to remember how to do it?
If so, your child might be a Kinesthetic learner.
If your child successfully applies a variety of the four learning styles, they are ‘multimodal’. Multimodal learners have the ability to analyze a problem and then pick out the learning style they believe fits best for that specific task.
Knowing your child’s learning style makes it easier to support them. Homewok will be done faster, and they won’t get as frustrated when studying for an exam. However, if your child shows severe difficulties in learning, they might suffer from a learning disorder. In that case, find a specialist and ask for help.