Monday, January 10, 2011

Aidan is Audio and Kinesthetic learner.. These might help you too!

So, i am now studying how to use both approaches in his learning process.. As a working mom, i have to be really firm in making sure that he is learning his best, using the right method of learning.. :)

Through Cu's observation, she said that my Aidan is Kinesthetic learner whereby, he would learn faster and so much more, by using a lot of movement and hands on activities.. I am with her on that, since it is true that, Aidan able to respond well when he is holding something in his hand.. For example, when he holds his ball, he would say 'ball' and when he kicks it, he would say 'goal'.. Meaning to say, he knows exactly that "ball = football = kick = goal!", rather than we hold the ball, and tell him what the ball can do, and how to play it.. So, hands on activity works for him..

As for Visual, Aidan learns a lot too.. This is the best part, as when it comes to Visual, and for kids that are also Kinesthetic learner, they would learn so much better, if the educational programs use few methods that allow the kids to participate as well.. Kids with Kinesthetic approach would learn faster through music, and dancing, rather than listening to a story and stuff.. In our case, we always teach Aidan to listen to the music and dance along, so that he can imitate them, and yes, he just love it! But, we need to choose what kind of music that suits them.. However, our Aidan just love to dance, and he would dance to anything.. Hahaha..! :)

As for Audio, it is hard for him to listen to our instruction, and if this occur, we can simply say that our kid is not an Audio learner, and for boys, this is actually normal as based on some research, even adults have this difficulty to learn through Audio.. They find it hard to remember, to really focus and understand things.. :)

So, these are my homework.. For both approaches for my baby.. InsyaAllah.. :)

Kinesthetic: Actions Speak Louder than Words

Kinesthetic learners best learn by doing. These students may be avid note takers in class, but not review them later; they remember things that were seen, done, or discussed. "When given assignments, such as writing a book report or making a scene from a book, [kinesthetic learners] will make a scene. They can learn to read and follow directions through the use of recipes, etc." (Parent Newsletter, NDCU Extension Service, October 1997).

Kinesthetic learners move, bounce, and travel around classrooms and homes. They are rarely still, but in their movements are always learning. These individuals will point while giving directions, or only be able to get to a particular place by taking you there. Making small adjustments in the lives and routines of these individuals will facilitate them in increasing their success at home and at school.

Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners
~Study important information by placing facts on index cards and reading the information aloud while pacing or walking around.
~Try studying while lying on a bed or the floor, or listening to music.
~In class, when it is necessary to be still, bounce your foot, twirl a pen, or squeeze a ball. Just be sure you are not distracting those around you.
~Set a timer for 20-30 minutes. Work for this amount of time, then take a 5- or 10-minute break.
~Use brightly colored paper under worksheets or study materials to help you focus.
~Write vocabulary words on paper with glue. Sprinkle sand or glitter on top. When studying for tests, trace the words with your eyes closed.
~Read novels, articles, and texts while pedaling on a stationary bike or climbing a Stairmaster.

Visual: Seeing is believing

"Material should be presented in a variety of ways to accommodate students' different learning styles. For example, if new spelling words are printed on the blackboard in addition to being said aloud, visual learners see the way the word looks, so they remember more easily." (Parent Newsletter, NDCU Extension Service, October 1997). Simple adjustments in your child's routine based upon his unique learning style will help him to increase academic success and emotional growth.

Visual learners rely upon seeing information. They benefit from seeing the way something looks or works, by watching a demonstration, and recalling images when trying to remember something. The visual learner tends to remember faces rather than names, and give directions based on landmarks rather than street signs. These children excel in classrooms where they see movies, watch overhead projectors for examples of new concepts or material, and take notes. If you were to look in their notebooks, you'd find well-organized sections, pages of notes containing well-documented information, and a lot of doodling.

Strategies for visual learners
~Write things down.
~Make to-do lists.
~Look at the person who is talking to you. This will help you to stay focused.
~Study independently, rather than in groups.
~Take notes in class; recopy to recall information.
~Highlight information.
~Make flash cards for vocabulary words (words on one side, definitions on the other), math facts, and other important information.
~Use a homework recording book. Check off assignments when complete, and cross off when turned in.
~Establish a quiet and organized homework space at home (clutter can be distracting). Watch movies.
~Use maps.
~Make charts, diagrams, or graphs.
~Create mental images using descriptive words to describe color, shape, size, location.

Something for me to really understand my son: MAYBE FOR YOU TOO:

If you’re like most parents, you learned your reading, writing and arithmetic by sitting at an assigned desk and completing “dittos” with faded purple ink. Hopefully, you didn’t need hands-on activities to learn. However, many students aren’t so lucky. They learn by doing and need to move around the classroom and touch things to better understand the lessons. They have difficulty sitting at their desks for extended periods of time. In times past, these kids were considered hyperactive and difficult to teach.

Now we know better. These students aren’t being difficult, they just learn differently. They are kinesthetic learners—they learn best when they can move around and engage their small and large muscle groups. As a school counselor, I work with many kinesthetic learners and their teachers.

Oftentimes, kinesthetic learners feel their way of learning isn’t as good because they just “can’t sit and do the work.” I explain to these students that different doesn’t mean worse, and that there are lots of ways to maximize their learning style.

Kinesthetic Learners Usually:

•Move around a lot
•Like to touch people they’re talking to
•Tap their pencil or foot while doing schoolwork
•Enjoy physical activities
•Take frequent breaks when studying
•Do not spend a lot of time reading
•Have difficulty spelling correctly
•Like to solve problems by physically working through them
•Like to try new things
•Are coordinated and agile
•Are considered hyperactive
•Express their feelings physically (i.e., hugging, hitting)
•Move their hands when they talk
•Dress for comfort, instead of style
•Lay on the floor or bed when studying
•Enjoy touching things
•Have difficulty sitting still for extended periods of time
•Excel in athletics and the performing arts
Strategies to Help Kinesthetic Learners Succeed:

Provide your child with hands-on learning tools, including:

•Abacus (manual math tool with horizontal rods and moveable beads)
•Modeling clay
•Number lines
•Sandpaper and carpet to trace letters, shapes, and numbers
•Drawing materials
•Wooden numbers and letters
•Globes and maps
•Blocks and cubes
•Felt boards
•Geoboards with rubber bands (a square board with vertical and horizontal lines created by pegs used to teach shapes and geometric concepts)

Provide your child with hands-on learning opportunities, including:

•Field trips
•Role playing

Final words of wisdom? Kinesthetic learners do things differently. But that doesn' t mean they do them worse. Encourage your child to study in several short blocks of time, instead of one extended time period. Teach concepts with concrete examples (for example, teach greater than and less than with a crocodile puppet, rather than just numbers on a chalkboard). Have your child memorize information while moving. They can walk, jump rope, or skip as they're learning the material-- they don't need to sit at a desk, at least at home! Encourage your child to clap out sounds or syllables they hear in words.

With a little help, kinesthetic learners can find tricks that make the system work in their favor. They just need some motion with their math, some rev with their reading. So get moving on getting them on the move!

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