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What type of learner is your child?


I took this fun quiz from The quiz showed that my son is a visual learner and my daughter is an auditory learner. Does this surprise me? No. Are the suggestions they give helpful? Absolutely. Take the quiz here:

Quiz: What is the best way for your child to learn?

As you are working with your child’s teacher and with your child at home, think of the following three basic learning styles: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. While we all possess all three learning styles, there is usually one that stands out. Also, as your child develops, the prominent learning style may change. It is important to understand your child’s learning style to help him or her grasp new concepts and to prevent unnecessary frustration. Once you know your child’s learning style, you can make easy adjustments to help cater to his or her needs.
Auditory Learning Mode
Auditory learner – Your child prefers to hear a lesson or new information over reading it. Also, your child may prefer some background noise like music to help keep him or her focused.
Here are tips to help your auditory learner succeed.
Kinesthetic Learning Mode
Kinesthetic learner – Your child prefers to learn by doing, touching, or exploring. You may notice that your child has a hard time sitting still and could increase his or her comprehension of new information by writing it down or participating in hands-on activities.
Here are strategies to help your kinesthetic learner.
Visual Learning Mode
Visual learner Your child prefers to process new information by reading, looking at images, or watching a demonstration. You notice that your child remembers information better if he or she sees it in a chart or graph. You may also notice that your child becomes impatient while listening.

Here are 12 steps to help your visual learner.

And, if your child is a visual or auditory learner, here’s a video just for you!

If you’re still not sure what type of learner your child is, try this step-by-step guide to help you find out.

Contributing Writer

contributor-trisha-smallTrisha Thomas is the mother of two and serves on the board of directors at a co-op preschool. She has also been a marketer of educational materials for grades PreK–8 for more than 15 years.

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