Today I am excited to have a guest post for you from Dianne Miller, author of The Little Bunny Series. Read her great post about different learning styles, and the visit her blog to get some great freebies and other resources.
first daughter was six months old, I popped her in a bouncy chair and taped
gift bows to the tray in front of her. She spent hours patting and crunching
the bows. I changed them out as they became tattered. It was an endless parade
of colors and textures to entertain her.
second daughter was six months old, I popped her in the same bouncy chair and
enthusiastically taped gift bows to the tray. She looked at them. Her big brown
eyes took it all in and then moved around the room. The bows never enticed her.
earliest ages my two daughters had completely different learning styles. The
learning differences would stay with them through their entire education.
daughter loved to do things, scooping up snails in the creek and biking around
town with friends.
My younger daughter loved to reflect, reading long book
series and playing quietly with dolls. The older one went on to win science
fairs and the younger one took Latin for six years.
seven different learning styles:
also called spatial, prefers to learn with pictures.
also called aural, prefers to learn with sound and music.
also called linguistic, prefers to learn with spoken and written words.
also called kinesthetic, prefers to learn with movement and experience.
also called mathematical, prefers to learn using logic and systems.
prefers to learn in groups.
prefers to learn alone.
We all have a
mix of learning styles. But usually one is our strongest. My elder daughter is obviously
kinesthetic and my younger daughter is logical. As an artist and children’s
book author and illustrator, I am gangbusters visual.
systems have made leaps and bounds in the last twenty years addressing these different
learning styles. Learning differences are openly discussed and lesson plans are
written to embrace them. But the very nature of learning to read, write and do
arithmetic favors the logical and verbal learners. Once we observe how our
children learn, we can incorporate fun learning games into homework and study
daughter had a terrible time adding and subtracting positive and negative
numbers. Until one day I drew the number line on the front walk and had her
step out the math problems. When we reached subtracting a negative, she said
“Don’t tell me, I know it.” She turned from facing forward to add to facing
backwards to subtract and then turned around again to face forwards to subtract
a negative. Not only did she get the answer correct, she understood the reason
it was correct.
Here are a
few fun, easy things to do with your preschooler to help discern and encourage
their different learning strengths.
- Clap the
numbers as you count, 1 clap, 2 clap clap; physical, logical and musical
- Play a
game of opposites as you run errands, we’re in the car, we’re out of the car;
physical, verbal and logical learning.
- Sing silly
songs, both the classics and ones you make up; musical and verbal learning.
- Play eye
spy, “I spy with my little eye a red balloon”; visual and verbal learning.
- Read signs
aloud wherever it is fun; verbal learning.
- Pour sand,
sprinkles or glitter into a tray and draw letters and numbers; physical,
visual, logical and verbal learning.
there is a number of items add and subtract them, three strawberries plus two
strawberries is five strawberries; physical and logical learning.
your child’s learning style will start to become apparent. Although the schools
are too overburdened to create a curriculum just for your child, you can
reinforce what they are learning at school with fun activities at home that
suit their learning strengths.
Dianne Miller is a
landscape painter who lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Her
work includes the Little Bunny series written for her children when they were
preschoolers. The simply written and illustrated books gently guide Little Bunny
through the challenges of life. You can find tons of original, free printables
and the Little Bunny series at:
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