It is important before you dive into searching endlessly for curriculum that you take the time to analyze your children’s learning style.
There are numerous online tests designed to give you more insight into your child and I will give you links to some of these. However; in this article, we will focus on Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic learners.
These learners thrive on listening to what others have to say and participating in group discussions about topics they are learning.
They often have trouble following written instructions and need to have them verbalized.
It may appear as though you are being ignored by an auditory listener as they do not frequently make eye contact when learning. You may catch them having a conversation with themselves about what is being taught.
They are often great story tellers with great imaginations. Be careful to always answer an auditory learner as they need thoughtful responses to their questions in order to process and make sense of their information.
The child who is a visual learner relates best to images and colours. They can often see plans and organizing of materials in their mind. They have a good sense of direction and are coordinated ( have good spatial sense)
They need visual aids, maps, videos, art lessons. They need to doodle and draw to make sense of the information being presented to them.
Colour coding information and making charts and other visual aids will help a visual learner to present information to other people.
A kinesthetic learner is one who uses every aspect of their body and touch to interpret and understand the world around them. They have a hard time sitting through lectures and would rather “get their hands dirty” working out a problem, than reading a textbook.
You will find the kinesthetic child restless if made to sit still too long and can be found reading upside down or standing up.
They love to play sports, run and dance. Role playing through history or making models is right up their alley.
It is more than likely that your child will fall in more than one category of learning styles, however; there will be a predominant style they will be prone to follow.
Take the tests so that you can make sure to cater the curriculum to their particular learning style and it will save you both many tears.
The following tests are meant to help you define your child’s learning style, they do not replace the professional advice of a medical doctor.
I would also encourage you to read the following article from Dyslexia Victoria Online.