Your Child's Best Way to Learn

Your Child's Best Way to Learn
Do you prefer maps or directions? Do you absorb information better by listening to a lecture, reading a book, or jotting down your personal thoughts? Perhaps you’ve used a combination of approaches depending on the topic or circumstances. Whatever the case, the research is clear: not everyone learns in exactly the same way.

That’s why it’s essential that you help your child identify their dominant learning styles and maximize their potential for academic growth.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner, an education professor at Harvard University, in 1983. According to the theory, people learn best with a dominant learning style or combination of styles.

The Seven Learning Styles 

Visual (spatial)

These are the people who have to have a map! Visual learners know by seeing. They excel with pictures and spatial understanding, like charts, graphic organizers, and videos that illustrate ideas.

Aural (auditory-musical)

Auditory learners do best by hearing. These children love music and are most likely drawn to lectures and audiobooks over “book books” to soak up information.

Verbal (linguistic)

Words, words, words! Whether through speaking or writing, linguistic learners process ideas best by explaining
and exploring them through language.

Physical (kinesthetic)

Does your child seem to absorb information best when rocking, pacing, or even running around? They’re not
being wild; they’re learning! Kinesthetic learners learn by using their body, hands and sense of touch.

Logical (mathematical)

The logical learner loves to reason with numbers, logic, and systems. This student does well with puzzles
and processes.

Social (interpersonal)

While some students need to work alone, some learn better–much better–in groups of people. Study sessions help them process and retain information well.

Solitary (intrapersonal)

Intrapersonal learners are in touch with their minds and emotions. As such, they do much better setting their own pace and studying alone.

A Positive Change in Environment

Because of different learning styles and their combinations, a one-size-fits-all approach to learning automatically excludes a number of students. Children who are required to learn with “traditional” books may struggle if they learn best in other ways, ultimately feeling academically defeated.

At ACCA, we don’t consider ourselves an “alternative school” or “last resort.” We’re a positive choice families make to empower their children to learn. Sometimes a change in environment and learning style is all that’s needed for a student to see themselves as a good kid again, as one who can believe in themselves and make choices for a better future. Our teachers, too, choose to be here both in and outside the classroom, for they know that personal growth and life experience are greater than a report card.

Is your child ready to make a change? Contact ACCA, where we will help your student direct their learning style and gifts toward a positive future.

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