Part 5 in the series on Learning Styles
As a homeschooler, you have probably noticed that your children don’t always get as excited about learning in the same manner that works for you. It can be frustrating (on both ends!) for one person to not “get it” when you have taken pains to instruct as carefully as possible. This tension can be devastating to the homeschooling process if not handled well.
Sometimes, it may be a matter that you and your child are not speaking the same language. Ah–you both are speaking English, but the learning language that you use for instruction may not mesh with the way your student learns best. There is a big difference in the way that visual, auditory or kinesthetic people take in information and how they interact with the world. Those who have materials presented in their strongest learning style will have an easier time of understanding academics.
Characteristics of the Auditory learner Typically, the Auditory learner will prefer to take in information through the ears. Strengths will include:
* Following verbal instructions
* Remembering conversations, tunes, and everyday sounds
* Discussions about the topic
* Understanding of and appropriate use of sound and rhythm
* Thinking in sounds and words
* Musical or vocal abilities
* Puns, rhymes, nonsense words
* Picking up accents or spoken languages Challenges for teaching a Auditory learner: