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Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekend Reading - Learning Styles

You may be familiar with the concept of different people having different 'learning styles' - auditory learners, kinaesethetic learners, visual learners etc etc, but what about your own kids, and even if you know, how can that information be helpful?

Here are a couple of resources to get you started:

Learning Styles Online is a good place to start - it has all the information there, plus a free 70-question quiz to get you going.

Personally,though, I still prefer to read an actual book :~) so if the above website whetted your appetite and you want more, then have a look at the following book. Don't buy it, though! The Dunedin Public Library holds several copies.

Discover your child's learning style, by Miariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle Hodson

This book is great, because it not only helps identify the different learning styles, it talks about the different sub-categories - like visual learners who think in pictures, as opposed to visual learners who think by seeing writing on their internal white board. I also really liked the way they honour different preferences about learning environments too - some kids really do learn better with background noise like stereo or music, others need total quiet; some need to be able to see other people and feel connected to what is happening around them, while others can't concentrate if there is any activity at all nearby. Not only that, but for each learning style they actually have a resource list of the types of programs or approaches that seem to work best.

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