If you understand how your child prefers to learn, helping them will be easier, and you never know, you might avoid some of those dreaded ‘homework tantrums’ that can reveal themselves when you try and help.
I talk from experience; my daughter always pushed away my help when she was younger, until I discovered how much she loved flashcards. Once I’d recognised this, it helped me realise she likes to learn with images and diagrams too and although homework tantrums haven’t totally disappeared ( she’s now 14), they’re definitely less common now!
The good thing is, experts have come up with the idea of learning styles. Most people use a combination of styles, but tend to have a clear preference for one particular style.
Work out which style(s) your child prefers and then you’ll know what approach to take and the best way to help them learn.
1. AUDITORY LEARNERS LIKE:
- Listening to explanations rather than reading them
- Discussions and talking to others
- Background music while they are studying
Approach to take with auditory learners:
• Talk about what she’s learning
• Sing songs about the things she needs to learn
• Listen to audio books
• Say important information out loud, record it and play it back
2. KINAESTHETIC LEARNERS LIKE:
Reading, videos, pictures, graphs and charts
Approach to take with kinaesthetic learners:
• To play games and build models
• Move around rather than sitting still
• Underline and highlight things she needs to learn
• Track words on a page with her finger
3. VISUAL LEARNERS LIKE:
- Reading, videos, pictures, graphs and charts
Approach to take with visual learners:
• Draw and use diagrams, illustrations mind-maps, maps, graphs and tables
• Make and use flash-cards
• Write notes and learn from the notes
• Use a variety of colours to highlight important information
The important thing to recognise, is that just because you like silence when you’re learning, or you learn best when you’re reading information, it doesn’t mean your child will too. Take the time to talk to your child about their preferences, and know that you’re helping them in the best way that you can.