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I have been searching the forums for other things and I find that I am a little confused on this matter.:confused: Is there a web site that explains this clearly? Or could someone explain this for me? I would be very thankful for your help.


I'm off to look some more for a site....

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First, everyone uses all of the learning modalities, but some people have strong preferences for a particular one.


The primary ones are visual-spatial, auditory, and kinesthetic or tactile.


VS Learners learn best from what they see. When they read, they form pictures or videos of the story. They tend to learn well from cartoons and silly stories. They tend to prefer geometry over algebra.


Auditory learners learn best from what they hear. When they read, they hear the words in their minds. They learn well from books on tape and being read to. They tend to do well with textbooks and classroom settings.


Tactile learners learn best when they can interact with the information in a hands-on way. They need to move. When being read to, they will remember more if they can move; for ex, they can color, play with legos, or sit on an exercise ball. They tend to have a greater need than other kids for math and phonics manipulatives, and they tend to love hands-on science activities.

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LEARNING STYLE = how a person most easily/naturally/usually TAKES IN information.

- kinesthetic = touching/manipulating and hands-on

- auditory = hearing

- visual = seeing



BRAIN DOMINANCE = how a person PROCESSES that information in the brain.

- left hemisphere dominance = abstract, sequential, understands the individual parts which leads to adding up to "the big picture"

- right hemisphere dominance = concrete, random, intuitively sees the big picture first and then begins to understand the parts that add up to it





KINESTHETIC (Do-ers/Touchers)


Kinesthetic Traits:

- favors sports and building

- high energy

- loves to touch

- uses body when antsy

- in constant motion

- dislikes sitting long

- uses fingers to count

- usually has rumpled clothes

- has difficulty following oral directions


Kinesthetic Helps:

- math manipulatives

- manipulatives

- allow touching

- take many breaks

- use hands-on activities

- divide chores up

- allow building/construction


AUDITORY (Talkers/Listeners)


Auditory Traits:

- remembers commercials

- uses rhyming to remember

- talks aloud doing math

- a better listener than reader

- reads aloud

- has difficulty reading maps

- very verbal

- likes to talk to people


Auditory Helps:

- make audiotapes (esp. for spelling)

- set learning to music

- talk them through writing a paper

- read aloud

- study groups

- have a quiet place for study/learning

- watch videos (for audio narration)


VISUAL (Watchers)


Visual Traits:

- assemble by pictures

- close eyes to memorize

- observant

- good with puzzles

- vivid imagination

- looks neat

- better reader than listener

- rarely volunteers answers

- takes many notes

- watches/learns from TV


Visual Helps:

- illustrate everything

- make a mind-map (visual plan) for writing

- use post-it notes to organize

- highlight different topics in different colors

- write down chores

- use transparency sheets to reduce glare


"Hook" your child's interest with their learning style strength, then present the material in all the learning styles to strengthen their weak areas and really embed the information in their brain in multiple ways, using a variety of learning styles.








Left Brain Uses or is Strong with:

- analytical

- dates

- numbers

- taxon memory

- lists

- names

- math facts

- short term memory stored here


Left Brain Takes In Information By:

- Words

- the Familiar

- Sequential

- Listens

- is a Joiner

- Step-by-Step

- Routine

- Organized

- Linear Thinking

- Writing/Talking

- Detailed

- Focused




Right Brain Uses or is Strong with:

- spatial

- color

- music

- creativity

- design

- feelings

- storytelling

- hands-on

- long-term memory stored here


Right Brain Takes In Information By:

- pictures

- the new

- is random

- particpates

- is independant

- demonstrations

- is impulsive

- creative

- 3-D thinking

- drawing

- oblivious to detail

- highly distractable

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