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My girls (twins, almost 8) don't struggle at all, and I've never really spent a lot of time on this question, but I'm more curious now. How do I find out if they are auditory / visual / etc. learners?

 

My son (almost 6) is WICKED-active, and has been since he was born - he learns best by running all over the room (touching the post-it-note on the light switch with the right answer, jumping 4+9 times, etc.). Figuring he's pretty kinetic - he can't really sit still and listen unless he has something in his hands. Then he can tell me the story almost word-for-word. He's quick, too - ahead in reading and math, but - for the life of me, I have no idea how.

 

I just bought the book The Way They Learn - I do also have 2 educational degrees, but - I don't seem to remember a lot on this topic.

 

So if your kid's a visual learner, how do you know that?

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So if your kid's a visual learner, how do you know that?

 

Retention for things like DVDs and books with pictures is far higher than his ability to remember things presented auditorily. He is always drawing and very creative. He also learns well through activities.

 

My other son learns well with either visual or auditory methods. I think some kids don't fit into one specific box.

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The way kids write answers can also be a clue. My oldest, who can learn via any method but learns easiest from DVDs and visual materials, often draws his math answers. So if Sally has 4 apples and sells 1, instead of "3 apples" as an answer, I often get a detailed drawing of 3 apples. :001_smile:

 

He also likes writing assignments with a drawing component. We're working on paragraphs this year, and writing a 'How To' paragraph with accompanying pics is chosen far more often than the pages with just writing.

 

Some kids are really obvious when it comes to learning styles, and some aren't. Observe, try different approaches, and see what works for yours.

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