• Natalie Chama

What type of learner is your child?

Updated: Sep 13, 2020





Now you may think, does it matter what type of learner my child is? But knowing that one small thing can become a complete game-changer. And as I said before, in my first blog post, we have to know what our child already knows.

And in this instance, we need to know which learning do they prefer?

Multiple Intelligences


Do you know there are different types of intelligence?

Physiologist Howard Gardner says there are different types of intelligences and we should not just measure intelligence with just an IQ test as some may argue, it doesn't accurately measure the type of intelligence a learner has.

Gardner believed we all have multiple intelligence's:

Verbal/Linguistic


Your child might be very advanced in their verbal skills and respond well with verbal communication from others. You can identify this intelligence if they are good at picking up languages, love reading, they have excellent memory skills for names/places, and tell a really good story.

Therefore, articulation and great storytelling skills can be a sign that your child is a verbal wizard!

Math/Logical


Is your child a logical thinker and have well thought out or abstract reasoning skills. Then you might have someone that has high math or logical intelligence.

Spatial


Is your child quite creative with their hands? Like building things out of lego? Or drawing impressive shapes. If this is your child, they usually work well if they see a visual picture to help them with their learning and understanding.

Musical


Your child might be very sensitive to sound and have a strong are very good with rhythm. Thie type of learner usually appreciates music and sees it as an art form.

Bodily/Kinaesthetic


Your child might be a little bit of a mover and are great with physical movement. Kinaesthetic learners are very well coordinated and they learn greatly when they can see live practical, demonstrations that require the manipulation of certain objects.

Interpersonal


Your child might have interpersonal intelligence if they are great empathy for others and can form solid relationships.

This type of learner is usually a great communicator and is great at working in a group or a team-building setting.

Intrapersonal


You can tell that your child has interpersonal intelligence if they are very self-aware. They may be very in touch with their feelings, self-reflective, and are very aware of their strengths and how to use them.

Naturalist


You might have a child that loves the outdoors either going for a walk in the park, a forest, and being around everything associated with nature E.g plants, wildlife, insects, etc.

Visual


This is similar to Spatial Intelligence as your child would work better when they can see pictures but this is more to do with how they may interpret a picture. For example, when we see a picture the majority might see a few very obvious objects. But the visually intelligent learner would be able to notice the most discreet object that most people would overlook. This type of learning has great observational skills and have great attention to detail.

Why is it important?

This is crucial for you and your child to know what type of learner they are because this will save a lot of time of frustration in trying to conform to a certain method that is not very well suited to your child's ability.

This also builds confidence in your child to be able to become more aware of their learning pattern so they can tell others especially your teacher/tutor the type of resources or activities that help them to learn.

For example, one of my students must be a visual learner because she said flashcards help her to remember key information/terminology in certain subjects.

A closer look at Auditory, Kinaesthetic, and Visual Learners

To know what type of learner is your child you have to observe which activities and resources your child is more engaged with.

Auditory learners love:

  • Instructions read out loud

  • Reading out loud -they are usually the child that would read out loud, even on their own and it is a great opportunity to read a book together

  • Hearing music and being able to recite or memorise lyrics very quickly.

  • Spelling tests

  • Record them reading out loud. E.g reciting a play or finding comprehension questions to a specific extract.

Kinaesthetic learners love:


  • Hold things to understand an instruction or new concepts

  • Breaking things apart and putting them together E.g Lego, building blocks, painting

  • Practical demonstrations that they can model examples E.g cooking, woodwork, math puzzles.

  • Rhythmic movement E.g dancing, clapping hands, clicking fingers.


Visual learners love:

  • Lots of books including pictures and texts

  • Bright coloured graphs, diagrams, and pictograms

  • Retelling the smallest details in stories

  • Identifying the smallest details in pictures E.g Artwork

  • A quiet space where they can visually focus E.g a reading corner or a study area.

Top Activities that can help your child at home

So to conclude: Here are the top activities you can use with your child at home depending on their learning style:

Auditory

  • Learning a musical instrument

  • Reading out loud

  • Audible books and podcasts

  • Studying with relaxing music in the background

Verbal / Linguistic

  • Essays and written reports

  • Individual centered explanations

  • Reading selections

  • Book based grammar and language function explanations

  • Gap-fill exercises

Visual / Spatial

  • Mind maps

  • Using photos, paintings, etc. to encourage discourse

  • Creating personal roadmaps / other visual aids to use during discourse

  • Graphs used to initiate explanations of statistics

  • Videos

  • Creating multimedia projects

  • Highlighting texts in different colours to indicate tense, or function

  • Games such as Pictionary

Body / Kinaesthetic

  • Typing

  • Movement games (especially popular in children's English classes)

  • Role plays/drama

  • Pantomime vocabulary activities

  • Facial expression games

  • Access to athletic facilities, explanation of sporting rules

Interpersonal

  • Small group work

  • Team competitions

  • Role plays using dialogues

  • Peer teaching

Logical / Mathematical

  • Grammar categorising activities

  • Grammar rules study and inductive explanations

  • Error recognition

  • Correcting work based on teacher indications

  • Develop mind-maps and other vocabulary charts

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Intrapersonal

  • Writing in logs and diaries

  • Estimating learning strengths, weaknesses, progress over time

  • Understanding learner objectives

  • Speaking about one's personal history with confidence

  • Meditation/Yoga

Naturalistic


  • Exploring outdoors

  • Shopping and other field trips

  • Collecting plants to learn appropriate vocabulary

Get Your Child To Take A Learning Style Quiz!

If you want to find out what type of learner your child is please click on the link below and take this very simple 5 min quiz.

And maybe, you would like to do it yourself!

http://www.learningstylequiz.com/start/






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