How your child thinks and learn

Each of us has both strengths and challenges in learning. We’re just naturally better at some tings than others. Part of becoming a successful students is learning how to emphasize what we do well and cope with areas of learning that are more difficult. You can help your child do just that–discover his/her strengths and find ways to work through more difficult tasks. The best way to learn how your child thinks and learn is by observing his/her and talking with his/her.

You may discover that your child learns material best in a way that is different from how you learn or different from how you would ordinarily approach a task. Some people are visual learners–they see and they remember. Some people are auditory learners–they hear and they remember. Some people are kinesthetic, or tactile, learners–they learn by touching, feeling and moving. Some people are “combos”–they learn with multiple pathways. Think of ways to build on your child’s learning strengths. For example, in learning spelling words, if your child is a visual learner, make spelling flash cards. Have your child read the flash cards several times, and then take a practice spelling test. If your child is an auditory learner, go over the words with a “mock spelling bee”  and then take a practice test. If your child is a kinesthetic learner, have his/her write the words or type the words several times and then take a practice test. If your child is a combo learner, try all of the above.

Finally, if you can’t get a handle on how your child learns best and if you have concerns about your child’s progress in school, talk with your child’s teacher to get some ideas. After consulting with the teacher, you may decide to have your child tested either privately or through a school psychologist to learn more about his/her strengths and challenges in learning.

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