Does your child show common visual learners’ traits?
The ability to identify the learning style of each child helps tremendously for us, the parents, to teach them effectively. Though 65% of population learns visually but our child may not be one of them.
Close observation and tune our teaching method according to our children learning preference helps minimize frustration for both parent and child. I did not know how my son learns initially. Only after many observations then I knew his visual learning preference.
For visual learning preference child, he learns best from seeing information. Some of the common traits I have observed are:
Based on the characteristics, we can deliver information in the most preferred method accordingly. Here are my personal experiences with my son.
My son’s music teacher wanted the children to sing with accompanied simple action; nodding head, swinging arms and clapping hands. He cannot take his eyes off his teacher's action as he follows through. Even after many attempts, he was unable to follow through if the teacher was not there to show the actions.
Never just do oral spelling with visual learners!
My son was playing with a compass. He asked me what does the S stand for. I told him S-O-U-T-H as I spell it out to him verbally. He just could not get it even after my several repetitions. He felt frustrated and requested me to spell it out on a piece of paper. Then he was satisfied after looking at the word.
As such, my teaching strategies for him when learning about words:
He learns how to spell words by writing them down. I read the word from his spelling list and he writes it down instead of spelling it out verbally. There is a great improvement on his spelling skills after adopting this method.
He learns synonym and antonym based on sight. He will write down each word on a small piece of paper. Mix them all up, then match the set of words. Challenge him to have a perfect score or involve the sister to play a round of word matching game.
In addition to write it down what they learned, visual learners can also benefit from drawing it out. Drawing is another form of expression by kids. It reinforces their understanding of concept.
Mathematics concept may be abstract for kids to understand. An effective method to help my son solve math word problems is to draw it out.
Most of my Singapore Math Worksheets are visually appealing. It comes with colorful visual model to assist kids to understand concept before moving into numeric terms without visual aids.
Educational toys such as jigsaw puzzles, mazes and board games are great learning tools for them. You will be surprised when the child starts telling you some details of the pictures on the puzzles, board games or books. Visual kids tend to notice details too.
For several times, my son pulled my face and make eye contact with me as he speaks. He was seeking my attention as I was trying to multitask while listening to him.
I learned having eye-contact and engaging face-to-face communication makes him listen to me better. This is his preferred mode of communication.
Gives full attention and patience when teaching. Allow adequate waiting time for oral questions and answers as visual learners need to process image information into oral form.
No one is allowed into the study room when we teach him. This is to minimize distraction during our lesson time.
Have you noticed any of these traits in your child? Take your time to observe your kid during your daily interaction with him. Adopt the right teaching strategies and let your child learn effectively.
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