Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic are all names for different methods of learning. Your child’s learning method falls into one of these categories, although it isn’t always easy to put a classification on them. Some students fall into more than one category and some just do not seem to perfectly fit into any one specific category.
A visual learner is someone who sees and responds to what he has been given. Visual learners have photogenic memories and look at objects with precision, paying careful attention at all times. An auditory learner will listen to words very carefully. It is when they are being spoken to that they learn the best. They have great memories and can answer questions easily. Kinesthetic learners are students who learn the material at hand by doing it. This type of learner is very active, and loves to always be involved in what is going on.
Students cannot be placed into a classroom based upon the type of learning that is most suitable to their needs. In fact, a classroom probably has a nice mixture of students falling into each of these categories. In order to help each student learn to his or her fullest potential, teachers must learn how to effectively teach as a whole, while implementing activities that each and every student can comprehend.
A student who learns using auditory methods can be taught in traditional methods. A visual learner works well when given presentations and maps and lots of drawings. A kinesthetic learner will learn best when involved in a group setting or when there is an active participation or discussion taking place. Teachers should always keep in mind the three different types of learners out there and ensure that classroom materials are beneficial to each student and each method of learning.
If you want to help your child learn at home, determine which type of learner he or she is, to the best of your ability. Once you learn which category your child falls into there will fewer homework disruptions, and you can confidently send your child to school each day knowing that he or she is learning the material being presented to the fullest potential.
It is your job, as well as the job of the teacher, to help a child excel to his or her fullest potential. Once you determine the type of learner that you have, this is a task that comes naturally and easily.