There are so many different ways our kids learn. Sometimes teachers and parents can’t look past the 2 main styles of verbal and logical. But it’s important we identify the ways in which our children learn so we can help and steward those characteristics inside of trying to push them into a square mold.
Today Craig Hunter, the Deputy principal at Rehoboth Christian College, describes the Visual Spatial and the Musical Rhythmic learners.
Visual spatial learners think in terms of physical space, such as architects, they are very aware of their environments and like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, daydream. There is a strong chance your visual spatial will struggle in the school system and if you have this type of child you may see comments such as ‘could do better, but daydreams too much’ on their reports. They don’t learn in a logical linear style (which is often the style taught in) or like too many words, they want to see how it all fits together – they like to draw or use models, charts and graphs.
Encourage kids to think and learn if wired this way as we really need these people in the future to see and then design a better world.
Musical rhythmic learners show sensitivity to rhythm and sound, they love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They probably study better with music in the background and can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Many Musical Rhythmics work with headphones, Craig says he used to say no but now he sees merit if it helps them focus. These type of students will struggle when school becomes a sterile environment. If you believe your child learns in this style, help them learn a musical instrument, they’ll greatly benefit from this.
Have a listen to Craig’s segment below: