Children can be difficult to understand at times, and you can only help your child learn better when you know what kind of learning style your child uses. By understanding your child's learning style, you will help the child to study better, and you can be a better advocate for your child at his school. There are three different learning styles identified which are known as:
a. Visual Learners
b. Auditory Learners
c. Kinesthetic Learners
Let’s learn more about these learning styles so you can understand your child better.
The name is kind of self-explanatory as the visual learners mostly learn from their visual experiences. These learners can be found looking at a painting, showing interest in photographs, and looking for illustrations in the books. These kinds of learners mostly enjoy screens – computers, tablets, smartphones or television, and media; the information acquired through these mediums is mostly retained well by visual learners. They have vivid memories and mostly remember places, people and names. Their memory usually relies on the visually obtained information. They have a keen interest in observing the world around them.
Children who learn better when provided with auditory stimuli are the ones who are auditory learners. They have an aptitude for playing instruments and singing. They are usually good listeners and most eloquent. They are good at following verbal directions as well. If your child understands better when he or she reads to herself or if he or she is interested in the sound of rain while others are not, then your child is most likely an auditory learner. They sing along to their favorite songs and have strong verbal skills.
Children who are kinesthetic learners learn better by doing hands-on activities. If your child is a kinesthetic learner, he will have an aptitude for sports and other physical activities. They can also get fidgety while in their seat. They enjoy handwriting exercises, drawing and writing in general. They tend to achieve their physical developmental milestones earlier than others, such as crawling, walking or sitting. They have very good hand-eye coordination. They develop hands-on activities and play-acting. The use of hand gestures, while speaking or explaining something, is common in these children.
Children mostly use all of these styles to learn about the world around them, but if you observe your child closely, you will see one learning style dominating the others, and that is your child's actual learning style.
Do You Know Your Parenting Style?
Parenting can be tricky, and the most interesting part is the fact that not every one of us uses the same parenting techniques. The way parents raise their children is called the parenting style, and there is more than one parenting style that can be used to raise your child. Some of the parents feel confused about the parenting style they are using for their children. If you are also one of those parents who are confused about the parenting style you are using, then you can look into the list of parenting styles mentioned below and find out about how you are raising your children.
This parenting style is mostly used by parents who are strict and mostly want to discipline their children. Punishment is also a common feature of authoritarian parents. These parents do not always explain the rules, and communication is mostly one-way – from parent to child. Nurturing is less common in these parents, and they have higher expectations.
2. Uninvolved Parenting
Uninvolved parents are the ones who are minimally involved with the affairs of their children. This parenting style sometimes arises from the parents' disinterest in parenting, and it could be an unconscious choice at times. These parents are least concerned about disciplining the child. They allow the child to do what he wants, and that is due to a lack of information or their carelessness. Communication issues are present in this style of parenting. There are fewer or no expectations from the children, and parents offer limited nurturing.
3. Permissive Parenting
The permissive parenting style is also known as the indulgent parenting style, and parents allow the children to do what they want. The guidance or direction is limited in this parenting style. Permissive parents are anything but a disciplinarian, and they are more like friends to their children. Children of these parents solve problems on their own. Warmth and nurturance are present in this parenting style, and these parents are low in demandingness.
4. Authoritative Parenting
Authoritative parents are also known as democratic parents as they use reasonable ways to raise children and nurture their children. Children are mostly self-disciplined and usually make their own decisions. It is considered the most advantageous style for children. Communication with children is clear and occurs often in this style of parenting.
Now you have a clearer idea of what each parenting style is like, and now you can know your parenting style based on the parenting styles mentioned above.
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