learning styles

Everyone learns differently, and there have been several types of learning styles documented, such as auditory, verbal, and kinesthetic.  Often a child will take after their parent, so if you know you’re a verbal learner, perhaps your child is too.  Knowing what type of learner your child is will help you teach the material in a way they are best able to learn it.

Verbal students typically do well in traditional schools.  They are good readers and writers, and in general are excellent students because so much of school is geared toward this learning style.  Of course, they can do very well in the homeschool setting too!

Auditory learners learn best when they hear things.  So explaining a concept to them is easier for them to retain than if they must read it to themselves.  They learn best by listening and repeating the information back to you.   Reading and writing the material just frustrates them.

Kinesthetic learners are very hands-on and learn best with things they can touch and feel.  Math lessons should involve lots of manipulatives to handle, and science of course can be accomplished with plenty of experiments and physical demonstrations.   Many kinesthetic kids would rather tour a historical museum or participate in a historical reenactment than read a history text, for example.

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