Children's Learning Styles
Alongside the personality types (or temperaments), each child has a preferred way of learning. There are a lot of ways to categorize the learning styles and people have divided them into 3 to 7 different categories. We’ll take a moderate route and use 4 distinct categories that are intuitive to most parents and easily understood.
The learning styles describe how a person prefers to take input from the world around them. These mostly describe the most comfortable way for a child to relate to their environment. For example, auditory children favor their sense of hearing and respond more quickly to sounds, music and verbal instructions. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t stimulated by other sensations, like sights or touch, but that they are more susceptible to sound.
The main learning styles are:
As with personality temperaments, these learning styles are not absolute. Children can (and should) exercise all of these categories in different contexts. You want to encourage your children to be able to absorb information through any means because the world won’t cater to their particular preference. However, in teaching, especially with young children, you are likely to see the best results when you provide them with information and stimuli that aligns with their learning styles.
Here are the learning styles of your children, as indicated on the quizzes you took:
Like we mentioned in the Parent Personality Profile section, temperaments are innate, biologically based and persisent throughout our lives. They are also a good way to understand your children. Knowing how they operate will help you to meet them where they are at and improve your homeschooling results.
One aspect of this is being able to differentiate a child’s personality traits from their temperament. No matter what their temperament, children do need to learn how to handle themselves and to develop virtuous habits. However, the path toward those goals will be different based on their unique personality and temperament.
Keep in mind that temperaments are stereotypes. They are limited in their application because all people are different, regardless of their ages. So, while your children exhibit behaviors that align with a particular profile, that doesn’t rule out behaviors that run contrary to the typical descriptions. Your children are unique blessings and should be treated accordingly.
As before, we’ll use the animal motif to describe the different temperaments. This isn’t meant to be deragatory. However, our familiarity with the animal kingdom makes for an easy analogy. Those characteristic animals are: