There are many reasons why parents decide to homeschool. To ensure that the learning process will be easier, more relaxing, fun, and productive it’s important to understand that there are different learning styles. It’s even more critical for helping those with learning disabilities like dyslexia.
By understanding how your child learns directly correlates to effectively teaching phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and phonemic awareness.
Approximately 20 to 30 percent of the school-aged population remembers what is heard; 40 percent recall well visually the things that are seen or read; many must write or use their fingers in some manipulative way to help them remember basic facts; other people cannot internalize information or skills unless they use them in real-life activities such as actually writing a letter to learn the correct format.” (Teaching Students to Read Through Their Individual Learning Styles, Marie Carbo, Rita Dunn, and Kenneth Dunn; Prentice-Hall, 1986, p.13.)
Kinesthetic Learners – excel at a learning style that occurs when the child is actually participating in an activity that reinforces the way a concept is being taught. Kinesthetic learners are most successful when totally engaged with the learning activity.
Visual Learners – rely on a learning style where ideas, concepts, and data are associated with images and techniques. Visual learners benefit from diagrams, charts, pictures, films, and written directions. Your student will value to-do lists, assignment logs, and written notes.
Audio Learners – benefit most through traditional listening. Regulating voice tone, inflection, and body language will help your student maintain interest and attention. Auditory learners succeed when directions are read aloud, speeches are required, or information is presented and requested verbally.
How does your child learn?