Are you wondering why your intelligent, creative visual learner is struggling with math? Well, first of all, there is nothing wrong with her. Traditional math education methods require a lot of memorization and drills. There’s a focus on computation. They teach the process rather than the whole concept. This is not how your visual kid learns!
Music, songs and a basic rhythm can be something we take for granted… but what actually happens to us when we hear a piece of music? While each side experiences it differently, art would not be that same if you only experienced it from one side of the brain. So what’s your brain doing on music?
Is your child an auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner? Understanding how your child learns will enable you to choose appropriate instruction and activities for your child. More than one child can mean more than one learning style but there are things you can do to be sure you’re reaching all the learners in your family.
Standardized tests can strike fear in the heart of any man – young and old, but ever wonder why? It seems odd that a few questions that require a pencil dot on a Scantron Sheet, can bring forth such stress and emotion. This is especially true for visual-spatial learners whose test results don’t reflect their true intelligence or ability. Testing is designed with a left-brain bias. Linear-thinkers with good short-term memory and deductive thinking skills are much more likely to score well on standardized tests, because they measure the way the left side of the brain works, leaving our right-brain kids at a significant disadvantage.
A few days from now (March 2nd) will mark the birthday of one of childhood’s favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. Over the years, Seuss has become a household name; the brief mention of him always brings crazy imagery and catchy rhymes to mind. In honor of his birthday, National Read Across America Day was named and is held on the school day closest to March 2nd (Seuss’ birthday).
Instead of heading to your local retail store for holiday gifts, check out what the Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalog has to offer. They have a wonderful assortment of engaging activities designed to keep your child’s creative juices flowing. These gift ideas have our vote because they offer children ways to interact, create, make and do in ways that will provide hours of fun.
There are several different learning styles, and each has a direct impact on how your child learns, processes information, and their level of success in the classroom.
Ever wonder why people do the things they do? Why doesn’t your husband read the directions? Why can’t you find anything once you take the time to file the papers in your office? Why do you have to pinch and poke yourself to stay awake during language heavy presentations?
It’s all about wiring. The way our brains are wired has a direct affect on the way we organize or don’t organize; the way we see, think and do and the way we operate at home, school and work. There are three distinct learning styles: auditory, visual and tactile.
Auditory folks are good with words and logical, linear thinking. Visual learners are big picture, innovative thinkers that need to see things. Tactile people take a very hands-on approach to life.
So what kind of thinker are you? There are a variety of learning style tests on-line but here’s a quick question to get you started:
Imagine you just came back from the store with a new cabinet that needs to be assembled. How would you proceed?