What Do You Know About Learning Styles?
This is an excerpt from Middle School Meditations For Mothers (And, Fathers, Too!) Expanded, which is due to be published late 2022. This book contains 100 meditations for parents, space for journalizing, and a page for each of the 100 meditations of my personal thoughts about the meditations.
As the champion of my daughter’s academic progress, I can understand that every person on the Earth has his or her own learning style. Approximately seven billion learning styles exist. I can choose to honor her style and speak about it often so that she recognizes her particular style to be utilized in her future workplace, family, etc.
The fact that everyone has a unique learning style is truly empowering information, which can be taught, explained, and discussed often beginning at age three so that by the time any child enters formalized schooling, he or she is knowledgeable about how he or she learns best AND can communicate it to others who may or may not understand that one size of education does not fit all.
Just as we look for our children’s strengths regarding extra-curricular activities such as music, sports, arts, or reading and we try to feed those interests, we can observe how our children learn best and try to feed those individual types. Recognizing and supporting individual learning styles as soon as possible is key to academic success.
What does your daughter like to do? Move, sing, bounce a ball, talk to friends, listen to music, read books alone in a corner, or draw? These are indicators of how she learns. Children will naturally display their innate way of learning. It can be masked by typical toddler, youth, or adolescent behaviors. The turned-in and observant parent will see beyond the behaviors to a revealing learning style.
There are several main learning styles: inter-personal, intra-personal, tactile/kinesthetic, musical, auditory, and visual among others. Some children are solely or primarily one of these styles while, and more common, some children are a combination of these styles with one dominant style. For example, a visual, intra-personal, and musical child will want to study by herself or maybe with one other person while listing to music drawing diagrams, charts, or pictures to remember her educational lessons of the day. Another child who is a tactile auditory learner will want to be moving about drumming with sticks or fingers stating out loud her educational lessons of the day.
You can choose to be your child’s academic champion by observing her, providing feedback to her about your observations, communicating her learning style to her teachers, and providing the learning space in your home for her that matches how she learns.
It is in celebration of all the 7 billion unique beings on Earth that we have 7 billion unique learning styles. Isn’t Earthly living amazing?