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The 4 Learning Styles For Homeschoolers

Aug 17, 2007
Each child is special and unique. Parents nurture the upbringing of a child, like one does to a sapling. No two children are alike. This concept should be followed when it comes to teaching them the essentials of life and education as a whole. Schools have always stressed on education, but they do not always know how to deal with learning differences. Like the parents, even teachers have observed that some children learn faster than others and there are some who just cannot cope.

With changing times, there has been a positive change in the teaching methods. Teachers are now aware that if a different learning style is implemented, students can learn better. More importantly, in a way they are comfortable with.

According to research, almost 70% children do not learn well when it comes to learning at a regular school. There is a lesson cycle, wherein the four learning cycles are taught. In this way, the learning styles are not neglected and the student is taught in a method that he is comfortable with, thus improving the learning ability of the child.

The four learning styles identified are:

Creative Learners: These learners need to know how certain material relates to their personal lives. They do well with feedback and praise.

Analytic Learners: They are interested in exploring and confirming facts. They do well in schools, via the study, lecture and test methods.

Practical Learners: These are the curious kind, interested in knowing how things work. Almost 90% of the engineers tested are Type-3 learners. They have a concrete perception of things.

Influential Learners: They are also known as the self-taught learners. They personally identify ways to use the material available in daily life.

Public schools prefer to cater to the needs of the Type-2 Analytic Learners. However, certain studies indicate that 70% children need more. Certain schools adopt a curriculum that fuses the four-step learning cycle in every lesson. This way, during the lesson each learning style is addressed. Every lesson has a section that appeals to every type of learner.

How Do Students Learn?

There are times when students prefer to observe and analyze things as they are learning. These children are the visual learners, who like learning through decorative and illustrative books. Other children like to touch and they are also the ones with tactile learning strengths.

Besides the two mentioned, there is a third kind who is highly charged and always excited with new material. These are the effervescent kinesthetic learners. And last, but not the least, is the fourth group of students, who like to listen and comprehend things while they learn. Rightly called the auditory kind, these students learn through discussion and explanation.

In present times, students learn faster and are now more adaptable to learning styles. But to make things easier for the ones with special learning abilities, parents and teachers have implemented learning styles to compliment and boost the overall education of the child. If the learning abilities are banked on, it will not only make learning easier, but also simplify teaching methods.
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