Understanding your child’s learning style may guarantee a solid elementary school experience. This, in turn, will help provide a positive school career. And I know…
Mine kinda sucked. Not kinda, it did suck.
Although my years in elementary, middle and high school life were not so optimal, it did allow me to figure out what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it ( I had a lot of time to doodle and dream away while sitting at the desk!)
The key to learning is understanding your learning style.
Now that I have kids, I can see why I slipped through the school system. Every child has a different learning style or a combination of styles which parents must recognize so they can choose the ideal school environment and experience for their child. Most kids do have a mixture of styles but usually, 1 or 2 will stand out as the primary style. I would have thrived in a Waldorf or Montessori setting. As a parent, I have put a good amount of effort in supporting the best learning styles and techniques that each of my kids expresses. I wanted my kids to thrive and have a happy time while in school!
Below is the rundown on the different learning styles.
- Visual-Spatial: you are drawn to pictures and images to understand concepts
- Part of the brain used: occipital lobes located at the back of the brain
- Kinesthetic/Feeling/Physical: you are drawn to using your body – hands etc to grasp concepts
- Part of the brain used: the cerebellum and the motor cortex
- Auditory/Listening: you are drawn to sound and music to grasp concepts
- Part of the brain used: the temporal lobes (the right is important for music)
- Verbal/linguistic: you use speech and writing to understand concepts
- Part of the brain used: the temporal and frontal lobes ( Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas)
- Logical: you use math concepts – logic, reasoning – to understand concepts
- Part of the brain used: the parietal lobes
- Social: you work optimally in group settings
- Part of the brain used: the frontal and temporal lobes and the limbic system which control emotions
- Solitary: you work optimally working alone and in self-study
- Part of the brain used: the frontal and the temporal lobes and the limbic system which control emotions
With the creating and producing of my series, Human Body Detectives, I wanted to grasp as many of these different styles as possible to ensure learning… pretty sure I accomplished that!