Understanding the various talents and needs of children in the classroom

From talents to interests, every child is unique, and that’s something education should celebrate. Diversity drives innovation and deliberation, but it also means that not everyone learns in the same way. Americans for Prosperity Foundation believes every parent needs the ability to choose educational options that best fits his or her child, regardless of socioeconomic status or neighborhood. That’s why we also believe so strongly in helping parents understand their child’s educational needs through efforts like our “Learning Styles” workshop.

If you’re interested in discovering common learning styles that can have a pivotal impact on your child’s learning experience, one of our recent workshops offered an in-depth look at the three most common learning styles, and we’ve shared a few of those insights below, as well as tips for helping each type of learner get the most out of any educational experience.

Visual Learners

Visual learners absorb information best through seeing or watching, and are usually great at following directions, visualizing objects., and organization, but distractions can be a real challenge for the this type of learner.

For visual learners, the best way to learn is through watching videos or demonstrations, as well as graphs, charts, and drawings. Anytime a visual learner can see information presented in a visual format, chances of retention increase! So how can you help give your visual learner the best possible education? We recommend techniques like studying notes on overhead slides, reading diagrams and handouts, making or following a power point, or just reading from a textbook, to name a few.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners absorb information best through hearing information, and their strengths usually include listening to two conversations at once, note taking, public speaking & story telling.

For auditory learners, the best way to learn is typically through more traditional methods like lectures, as well as audio books and simple topic discussions. Other educational techniques for visual learners can include helping your child talk through assigned tasks and information, reading aloud, and encouraging thoughtful discussions.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners absorb information most efficiently through doing or by touch, and this type of learner is great at hand-eye coordination, experimentation, and is often capable of taking things apart and putting them back together. Kinesthetic learners tend to be very hands on and curious.

The best way for kinesthetic learners to absorb information is through doing. Any time a kinesthetic learner can get a hands-on experience, their ability to retain information will increase. Other educational techniques for kinesthetic learners include hands-on experimentation, standing, moving, or doodling during lectures, or even performing an athletic activity like bouncing a ball or shooting hoops while studying.

While these tips certainly aren’t a comprehensive summary of the decades of educational research out there, it’s always valuable to begin understanding the unique ways your child learns! Through our “Learning Styles” classes, as well as our other “Bridge to Wellbeing” classes, we’re helping Americans everywhere learn how to use their freedom to improve their lives, one life at a time. When families have the freedom to choose the educational option that best fits their child’s individual needs and learning style, everyone prospers.