How to Find out a Child’s Learning Style

A child’s learning style is how he or she gets and processes new information. All children learn in different ways.

Why Are Learning Styles Important?

As the child’s first teacher, parents should identify and accommodate for the child’s preferred learning style. Understanding how the child learns is very important in his or her attitude toward learning and success.

Parents will help the child better by knowing his or her learning styles. Otherwise, may get really bad teaching results, although the patents were trying hard to “help the child”. For example, most parents assume unintentionally that their child learns exactly like they do, however it is not true. Children often have different learning styles than their parents, and have different learning styles than their siblings. The sooner parents understand learning styles and the child’s preferred learning styles, the sooner parents will be able to help the child effectively.

Three Typical Learning Styles

Everyone learns differently. However, we can categorize learning styles into three typical ones, which are learning by hearing or auditory, learning by seeing or visual, and learning by doing or kinetic.

Hearing or Auditory

If a child learns best by hearing, people call him or her an auditory learner. He or she will be very sensitive to voice. He or she can sense speakers’ emotion by the voice, such as happy, angry, and frustrated. Voice has big impact on him or her. The child enjoys the lessons on podcasts, MP3 players, CDs, radios and tapes. He or she has weak tolerance to noise.

Seeing or Visual

If a child learns best by seeing, people call him or her a visual learner. He or she will be very sensitive to facial expressions in terms of understanding emotions. He or she prefers to see pictures, charts, graphs, diagrams, video and TV to get information. Other visual images can distract him or her from concentrating on studying.

Doing or Kinetic

If a child learns best by doing, called a kinesthetic learner, he or she prefers to touch and manipulate objects. His or her body moves frequently. Therefore, it is very hard to let the child sit for a long time listening or watching, like in the traditional classroom, where a teacher is talking, the students are listening and watching the teacher. The child’s learning style is his or her distraction from concentrating on listening or seeing. Lab time may be his or her favorite time.

Understanding a Child’s Learning Style

Almost every child is capable of learning in any of these styles. As the child gets older, he or she may use each of these styles. However, he or she may have a preferred learning style.

In order to identify the child’s preferred learning style, parents can look for clues in three ways, which are to listen to the words the child uses, to watch how he or she teaches others, to pay attention to the way he or she plays.

What are the words or phrases the child often uses?

  • Relate to hearing or listening such as talk, listen, hear, sound, etc. This suggests an auditory approach.
  • Related to seeing, showing a picture of the information, these words or phrases might include see, look, observe, etc. This suggests a visual approach.
  • Related to doing such as sit, jump, go, try, act, get, etc. This suggests a kinetic approach.

Asking the child to teach someone else how to do something

This is a valuable way to identify the child’s learning style, because people usually teach using their preferred learning style.

  • auditory learner will explain the process using words in mouth.
  • A visual learner will draw a picture may even use different colors to demonstrate it.
  • A kinetic learner will “walk” through the process while doing it.

By the theory of multiple intelligence, human beings possess a lot of different types of intelligence, and most of time, they function together. Therefore, every individual has the ability to use every learning style. However, everybody has one or two styles that work better for him or her when learn.

As the child’s first teacher, parents’ job is to help the child enjoy learning. If the child is struggling with a task, it is likely he or she is not using his or her preferred learning style. Help the child by incorporating his or her learning style into the task, and then he or she will enjoy the learning process.

How to Maximize Children’s Learning Ability

By maximizing children’s learning potential, they will feel fulfillment and increase their self-confidence, their love to learn to take challenge, which lead them to thrive in the school and succeed in the global society.

By using the following positive parenting ways, parents closely involve in their children’s learning process, there will be a dramatic improvement in children’s motivation and achievement. The key is to help children keep eagerness to learn.

Getting to know the child’s IQ(Intelligence Quotient), try to awaken the child’s natural genius, take advantage of it, and encourage him or her to solve problems in unique and creative ways, to nurture his or her strengths. Please refer to Guide Kids by Their IQ for more information.

Understanding the child’s learning stages and learning style to support his or her unique learning process, improve his or her ability and help him or her to be a self-directed, successful learner.

Understanding the child’s temperament, and assisting the child to develop his or her emotional and social skills to help him or her to become a social and emotional well-being child, achieving high EQ(Emotional Intelligence).

Parenting Kids by Their Temperament

Parenting Kids by Their Temperament is critical because many scientific studies of temperament have showed that children’s health and development are influenced by their temperament and by their parents’ temperament.

Achievement in school is obviously related to a child’s ability, IQ, EQ, and to the quality of instruction he or she receives. Achievement is related to his or her temperament as well. Researchers found that a child who achieves is able to moderate physical activity appropriately, minimize distractions and focus on tasks, and persist.

How parents can help your children by their temperament

Why Parenting Kids by Their Temperament?

Although there is a debate on whether temperament is innate or can be nurtured, recent research results show that children’s individual differences are shaped by environmental experiences from infancy as well. Different parenting strategies may help to increase or decrease certain aspects of a child’s temperament. The family environment and children’s school environment have a major impact on whether children’s early temperaments remain stable and on whether their temperaments lead to good outcomes. Parenting Kids need to consider kids’ temperament.

“Goodness of fit” theory for parenting kids

Thomas and Chess suggested the “goodness of fit” theory, which can be explained that in order to work better for children with different temperaments, need different parenting strategies.

Those children who are aggressive and difficult to manage benefit from a parenting style involving more restrictive control. Those shy children benefit from being encouraged by parents to explore new situations. Finally, some children pose greater challenges in certain contexts to parents and teachers are likely to benefit from additional support and education.

“Goodness of fit” between the child’s temperament and his or her environment impacts whether the child is growing and developing in a healthy environment. Parents and the child with different temperaments can have healthy relationships by working towards “goodness of fit.”

Tips for Parenting Kids

  • Learn the value of children’s different temperaments. Look at the strengths and weakness with each temperament.
  • Help the child know his or her own temperament. Self-awareness is the first step toward modifying behavior, talk about temperament to the child and help him or her understand how the temperament affects his or her feelings and behavior, and the impact on others as well as.
  • Be aware of the child’s temperament and respect his or her uniqueness without comparing him or her to others.
  • Be aware of parents’ own temperament and adjust parents’ natural responses when they have a conflict with the child’s responses.
  • Set reasonable expectations for the child and parents.
  • Change expectations as the child grows and changes.
  • Communicate with the child frequently. Explain decisions and motivation. Listen to the child’s opinion and encourage teamwork.
  • For easy or flexible child, parents need to set aside special times to talk about the child’s frustrations and hurts because he or she seldom has that, and once it happens the child has very weak tolerance on that.
  • For difficult and active child, parents should provide areas for vigorous play to use his or her energy. Prepare the child for activity changes and use redirection to help him or her to transit from one place to another.
  • Teach fussy kids anger management at a young age.
  • For slow to warm up or cautious child, parents should stick to a routine, and give him or her ample time to get used to new situations.
  • Adapt parenting strategies to plan for temperament tendencies.
  • Help the child adapt his or her tendencies to grow, learn and develop in the real world.
  • Be aware that typical behavior for children of a certain age at certain developmental stage may be in a developmentally appropriate way, rather than having a challenging temperament.
  • Avoid labels. Be aware of the child’s many attributes; do not categorize the child at an early age, because labels may not accurately reflect him or her. Labels will limit the child future growth and development.
  • Help the child to build self-esteem. Help Him or her think positively and develop a positive self-image.
  • Be a good role model because children learn by imitation.

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