Wednesday, February 23, 2011

learning styles

I wanted to include some quick notes about learning styles, as a post script to my Leapfrog Twist and Shout Multiplication post.

Three learning styles have been identified:  visual (seeing), auditory (hearing), and tactile-kinesthetic (doing)

If you are unsure of your style, or of your child's style, check out this learning styles quiz.

- Unless a learning disability is present, all of us can learn through any style.  However, it's far easier to learn when information is presented in our dominant style.

- We are born with a dominant style, which emerges after the preschool years.

- There is frequent overlap in learning styles (for some people more than others).

- As young children, we are all tactile-kinesthetic learners, which is why preschool should be unstructured and hands-on.

- Visual learners make up 65% of the population.

- Auditory learners make up 30% of the population.

- Tactile-kinesthetic learners make up 5% of the population.

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