One way parents can help their children succeed, particularly during their Pre-K–6th grade years, is to discover their primary learning style. Once a parent understands their child’s main learning style, they are able to provide valuable tools to help them learn. Most children learn through a variety of senses, yet have a primary learning style in which they gather and retain the vast majority of the information they acquire from one of their senses.
The three primary learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Visual learners must see it to absorb it; auditory learners need to hear it to master it; and kinesthetic or tactile learners need to move or experience it to understand it.
How to Know if Your Child Is an Auditory Learner
Auditory learners learn by hearing and by speaking. There are a smaller percentage of students who are auditory learners than there are visual learners. Auditory learners learn best by not only hearing, but also mixing a variety of senses into their learning. For example, they learn well by hearing a lesson taught (auditory) while they color a picture (kinesthetic or tactile) as they listen to the lesson.
Some Strong Features of Auditory Learners Include:
- They enjoy talking.
- They enjoy reading aloud to themselves and being read to.
- They benefit from audio books.
- They are inclined musically.
- They enjoy listening to and creating music.
- They prefer listening to their teacher lecture rather than writing their assignments.
- They are keenly aware of voice qualities, tones, and pitches of others as they speak.
- They are better at hearing directions than they are at map reading or following written directions.
- They contribute to class discussions readily.
- They enjoy socializing.
Auditory Learners—5 Strategies to Help Boost Learning
When parents identify their child’s primary learning style, they can provide tools necessary for their child to learn more effectively. Here are some strategies parents can use to help their child who is an auditory learner excel. If your child is an auditory learner, encourage them to:
- Sing songs to remember things. Make up songs to retain information.
- Go to the library and pick out audio books to listen to at home and in the car.
- Encourage your child to teach what they’ve learned to another person. As they speak, the lesson will get even more engrained in them.
- After you child hears a lesson, encourage them to pay attention to and remember the order of the lesson, and retell it in their own words aloud.
- Learn a musical instrument and enjoy creating original songs.
Tips for Parents of Auditory Learners
- Read to your child every day.
- Encourage your child to read aloud and create space for them to do that at home.
- Provide a variety of musical instruments for your child to enjoy.
- Play music in your home and in your car for your child’s delight.
- Encourage your child to record what they need to learn by speaking it, and then play back the recording to enhance their learning.
- Realize your child learns not only by hearing, but also by giving expression to what they learned by verbalizing it. Additionally, your child learns by hearing others express what they have learned.
When kids are strong readers, they:
- Do better in school
- Grow in confidence
- Develop skills for a lifetime
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