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If you keep thinking, “What are my children learning?” “How can I make my children’s learning better?” “Am I doing the right thing as a parent?” “Does she prefer to use colorful shapes and figures to learn concepts of math tells something about her?” “Does she believe everything she is told means something?”

It is important to understand that while you will never totally eliminate your children’s clutter, you can control it. Help your children learn by understanding their learning style, giving them responsibilities appropriate for who they are, and making things easier for them to accomplish, you will make significant improvements in their learning and your relationship with them.

I have personally tried these with my two boys and it did benefit me in order to learn about them and helped them learn better. Consider how your children approach learning through the different types of activities they engage in.

Go through these thinking styles with me and find out what kind of learner your child is.

Ways to help my children learn

1) Reflective Learning Style

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Children learning: Reflective style

They understand best when they have time to process what they’ve seen, heard and read.

They:

  • Think things over before acting
  • Tend to be quiet and thoughtful

  How to recognize Reflective Learners

  • If your child has a bit of taking time before acting. Reflective thinkers like contemplating. They come up with statements such as ” I will let you know in some time.”
  • If your kid likes to relate new knowledge to prior knowledge. If she understands multiplication in a better way when she relates it to addition. (Multiplication is the new knowledge and Addition is her prior knowledge)
  • If she changes her stand in a matter of minutes. This can be over what subject she wants to study next or what sports she wishes to take up this summer. She comes up with statements like, “I used to think…”
  • If she is highly experimental. Reflective people are very highly experimental and naturally, come up with out of box ideas.
  • If she overthinks. One of the major traits of reflective people is that they think and think about everything over and over again.

Try it out

Try out this little exercise to know if your child is a reflective learner. I have jotted down few statements below. Ask these questions to yourself. If the answers to these for your child are “yes”, there is a high probability that your child is a reflective learner.

  • My kid likes to think about a topic over and over again.
  • “Let’s think it through first” her ‘to go’ statement.
  • My child takes frequent breaks from her study.
  • My child gets disinterested in the middle of important discussions.

What must be your role

  • Make your child learn by asking a lot of questions.
  • Try your hands on deductive technique: start explaining to your kids the bigger picture and swiftly move down to details.
  • Review skills and talk about relationships between them. Explain to your children how addition and subtraction are related.
  • Writing down or reading class summaries to your child. Since they learn better in chunks and pieces, summaries can be very helpful.

2) Intuitive Learning Style

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Children learning: Intuitive style

They understand best when they’re able to explore the “whys” of ideas and the relationships between things.

They:

  • Look at the big picture and then break it down into details
  • Tend to dislike memorizing facts and information
  • Enjoy thinking about theories and “what ifs”

How to recognize Intuitive Learners

  • If she does not like to take up topics that require memorizing. Intuitive learners prefer discovering possibilities and relationships.
  • If she insists on making something new of her own. Intuitive learners highly dislike repetition and enjoy creating/ building new.
  • If she really likes to work fast.

Try it out

Try out this little exercise to know if your child is an intuitive learner. I have jotted down few statements below. Ask these questions to yourself. If the answers to these for your child are “yes”, there is a high probability that your child is an intuitive learner.

  • Noisy, crowded affairs agitate her and she takes a long time to bounce back to normalcy.
  • My child catches other’s emotions almost like a cold.
  • It is hard to keep a surprise from her. She almost always guesses her birthday surprise gift.

What must be your role

  • Split homework into short sessions with breaks in between.
  • Finding ways to apply theories to the facts, such as seeing how the angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees (A + B + C = 180°)
  • Checking overwork to look for careless errors.

3) Sequential Learning Style

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Children learning: Sequential style

They understand best when they can see the steps and logic behind ideas.

They:

  • Watch the details add up to the bigger picture
  • Prefer to do things in a logical order or sequence (one step at a time)

How to recognize Sequential Learners

  • If she may feel the need to focus on each part of a math equation to know it all.
  • If she is good with time management, for example: reaches on time.
  • If she remembers names of people she has met maybe just once or twice.

Try it out

Try out this little exercise to know if your child is a sequential learner. I have jotted down few statements below. Ask these questions to yourself. If the answers to these for your child are “yes”, there is a high probability that your child is a sequential learner.

  • Does she want details of a problem rather than assuming something on her own?
  • Does she prefer reading and learning by herself rather than working in a group?
  • Does she like to keep her room neat and tidy?

What must be your role

  • Going through math problems or directions step-by-step.
  • Learning information in small chunks and seeing how it builds on what she already knows.
  • Giving her notes in a sequence or outline form.

4) Global Learning Style

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Children learning: Global style

Understand best when they can see the whole picture at once.

They:

  • See the bigger picture and the details at the same time
  • Tend to retain and understand information best by doing something active with it- getting involved
  • Make decisions and reach solutions quickly
  • Have “Aha!” moments in which everything suddenly comes together and makes sense
  • Don’t think in logical steps
  • They like to learn by being actively involved with information that is interesting and related to their own lives.

How to recognize Global Learners

  • If she brings her emotions while problem-solving. Global learners work on emotions and feelings.
  • If she likes to work with books full of interactive pictures.
  • If she tends to take many small breaks in between studying.
  • If she tends to learn the general idea first and then look at the details of a topic.
  • If she prefers soft light and informal seating such as an easy chair, bed, or lying on the carpet.
  • Likes group studies

Try it out

Try out this little exercise to know if your child is a global learner. I have jotted down few statements below. Ask these questions to yourself. If the answers to these for your child are “yes”, there is a high probability that your child is a global learner.

  • My kid makes a lot of hand gestures while talking.
  • She prefers pictures and graphics over texts.
  • She prefers to work in a group

What must be your role

  • Make her work with study buddies or study groups.
  • Play hands-on games, activities and projects.
  • Let her know the end goal of an activity.
  • Skim an entire chapter or unit before making her study each section.
  • Create an environment that is more comfortable such as light music.

In the end, I would like to mention that your child may not be one pure kind of learner, but a mix of two or more and could benefit from multiple ways of learning.