When it comes to learning, young children vary so much that it’s pretty difficult to identify patterns that apply to all of them. That’s why it makes more sense to split the little monkeys into different learning groups. Your toddler or preschooler has his own special way of learning — and it’s up to you to identify which style fits him best. This will depend on the unique patterns that your little guy displays as he develops.
This part is easy. Simply observe how your little one behaves around the house or among peers. It might be that she is a visual learner — if she is, there are bound to be loads of learning patterns that place her in this group. What are they, you ask? Visual learners like flicking through picture books, while studying each image is likely to improve memory skills. By messing around with jigsaw puzzles, she’s subconsciously working on her problem solving skills and she develops her hand-eye coordination by drawing and painting.
If your child learns kinesthetically, his learning patterns really differ from the visual child. How? Well, you shouldn’t expect a lot of putting jigsaw puzzles together; these little guys prefer to learn by engaging in activity, moving around constantly and touching the world around them. The knowledge they gain is gained from physical sensations, instead of visual experiences. These active little preschoolers might practice coordination skills by throwing a ball around or wrestling with their dads. To solve problems, they’ll probably favor a physical group activity, like musical chairs.
Auditory learners learn by hearing things around them. It’s all about how everything sounds. They usually spell well, because they really get how the word sounds, and so they can spell it out easier than other learners. These tots probably won’t respond to visual aids the way other kids might, while they might not be that interested in play-fighting either — but if you read to them out loud, give them a musical instrument to experiment with or an mp3 playlist to listen to, and you’ll have them occupied for hours!
Take a look at your kid and identify what really gets her going. In this way, you can prepare yourself for the learning patterns that lie ahead; you can put yourself in a position to help her get the most out of the world around her. Actually, being able to experience and take part in your child’s learning process can be a really fun and interesting time as a parent, so make the most out of it.