Is Your Child a Visual Learner
Prime P Sarmiento
Sending your child to the best school is no guarantee that she will
get the best education that you want for her. Several studies attest
that there are different learning styles and most schools are yet to
adapt a curriculum that will fit a particular child's learning
A study on 100 urban school districts published by Dr. Wilma
Gillespie in 1982 revealed that achievement scores, teacher
recommendations and grades were the three most prevalent criteria
employed in selecting students for gifted programs. All three of
these criteria, however, can only identify the gifted
auditory-sequential learner - a child who can think primarily in
words, has auditory strengths and a step-by-step learner.
But not all children are auditory-sequential learners.
Linda Kreger Silverman is a Colorado-based educational psychologist
who extensively studied child development. Silverman's research
revealed the presence of visual-spatial learners - the "picture
"The visual-spatial learner model is based on the newest discoveries
in brain research about the different functions of the hemispheres.
The left hemisphere is sequential, analytical, and time-oriented.
The right hemisphere perceives the whole, synthesizes, and
apprehends movement in space. We only have two hemispheres, and we
are doing an excellent job teaching one of them. We need only become
more aware of how to reach the other, and we will have happier
students, learning more effectively," she said.
Identifying a visual-spatial learner:
So how do you know if your child is a visual-spatial learner?
There are some behavioral signs that will indicate that your child
is more of a visual than auditory learner.
Her lecture notes are full of colored highlight markers, charts or
diagrams. She can read body language easier than others, then she's
a visual learner. Any action that takes place in her mind appears
with color, texture and shape, her dreams are colored and she knows
Any flicker of an eye, slight raising of an eyebrow or faded hint of
a smile will be noticed by a visual leaner. She doesn't need words,
because any sign from the other person helps her make her move from
there. Sign language is her second method of interaction.
When she reads something, a visual learner makes detailed and vivid
movie in her mind concerning the information she's reading. She can
also remember where the information was located on a page. When she
meets someone news, she might forget that person's name, but she
will remember what that person looked and wore.
A visual learner observes every detail of a painting, examine how
photographs are displayed in a book and pause before a mural.
She will never get lost in a city or anywhere else, because she will
easily remember how they got in that place. She can also visit a
city or find a given place just by looking at a map.
How to help a visual learner:
If your child is a visual learner, here are some things you can do
to enhance her learning process:
Ask your child's tutor to include PowerPoint presentations -
which include illustrations, charts, diagrams, maps, etc. - when
helping her to do her homework.
Teach her to encircle or highlight every important keyword in a
book or article.
When she is studying, it is better to keep her away from
windows, as this distracts her.
A quiet place to study is recommended, with no pictures or
posters on the walls. Any TV or music player must be out of
sight or turned off.
Her cell phone should be in silent mode or switched off.
Encouraging her to make lists helps develop her visual sense.
Train her to make use of mind-mapping methods.
Use colored pens to highlight a section in a book. They are best
for stimulating her mind and help her think better.
Place a white board or cork board on a wall so she can post
reminders and mini notes.
About the Author:Prime is a content management strategist for
Ahead Interactive (aheadinteractivetutorial.com),
leading provider of live, video-powered online tutorials. She writes
articles on productivity and stress management to help busy working
women cope with overwhelm.
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