When you train to be a teacher, they tell you that people learn in different ways.
- Auditory learners – if you can pick up phrases on a foreign holiday by hearing and copying the sounds of ‘Je vous en prie!’ (French: ‘You’re welcome!’) you learn by hearing.
- Visual learners – if, however, you like to see your information, to write it and to read it, visual is your thing.
- Kinesthetic learners – this is about movement and touch. You can hug someone and learn ‘je t’aime bien!’ (French: ‘I really like you!’). Or you can handle coins and notes and learn percentages and fractions. Physical space is for you.
Understanding how your children learn is a huge leap forward in enjoying education.
Ten-year-old Jim is a great mimic, sings in tune and remembers all lyrics. That’s why songs with dates and facts are a great discovery for him. ‘In fourteen-hundred-and-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’.
Twelve-year old Amy is a mathematician, a speller and a neatnik. She likes lists and columns and writing things out. So for her, clever comic books are the way forward. Anything by Marcia Williams makes learning a real pleasure.
For physical learners, drop your toast and you’ve got gravity in action. If you get steam from your kettle, a glass of water and an icecube, you’ll have a science demo on the three forms of matter (and wet hands). Much more fun than a text book!
What kind of learner are you?