What’s your child’s learning style?
In my 18 years of homeschooling, my six children have allowed me to experience different learning styles as we learned together. Most of us are strong learners in one of these four ways. Some of us are a mix of styles. I am a strong visual learner, and I am not as good at learning by hearing.
Most people learn well by doing things. This is hands on learning. This is often referred to as a kinesthetic learner. I have used hands on unit studies to teach my children history and science. They remember the things they do and experience. So we spent time experiencing history through re-enactments. We have experienced science through experiments. My children have long-term memories from their unit studies.
One of my children is a strong auditory learner. He is also a strong kinesthetic learner. When he was little, I would give him something to occupy his hands, such as playdough or blocks. Then I would read books to him. He would remember everything I read to him even though it seemed like he was not paying attention.
Another one of my children is a strong visual learner. He picked up on reading faster than any of his siblings. He is not as strong in auditory learning, but he is a strong kinesthetic learner. It is interesting to see how the hands on learning is a complement to both my auditory and visual learner. We used videos as a supplement many times over the years. Pureflix has a great homeschool video collection. You won’t have to be concerned about content like you do with other streaming services.
Some children and adults learn through writing. When I am working on something new, I like to write it out. It helps me process what I am learning. If I am taking a class, it helps me to take notes and outline the material.
What types of learners are represented in your homeschool?