Visual Learning Style and Teaching Your Visual Learner

 

Does your child remember what he SEES better than what he hears? Are you teaching your child using materials that will let the learning “stick” in your child’s brain?

A child with a visual learning style prefers pictures, images, charts, and graphs for understanding the information he is being taught.   Think of color-rich, image-based ways to present information to your child.   Using a Visual means for teaching a concept to your child can aid long-term learning tremendously.

Below you will find two helpful resources: A chart of possible visual tools and A Poster Store for finding posters that will enhance your child’s visual learning.  This chart contains a variety of visual tools you can use for teaching various concepts:

Bar Graphs Flow Charts Manipulatives
Charts Concept Maps Models
Demonstrations Highlighter texts Multimedia
Diagrams Picture Flash Cards Photographs
Drawings Image-based Computer Programs Pie Charts
Educational Videos Highly Formatted texts with bold-faced section titles, outlines, and graphically
pleasing layout.
Rainbow Writing
Graphic Organizers Geographic Maps Timelines
Hands-on Experiments Color-coded worksheets Webquests
Iconic Images Field Trips Visually Rich books
Illustrations Picture Vocabulary Visualization techniques

A small cautionary note, if your child has any attention deficit tendencies, having too many images in any single presentation can become visual clutter, so single images or visual elements are often best.  As an example, there is one math curriculum publisher who uses a wide variety of differently colored blocks of text and images on every page spread in their textbooks.  This color separation can be helpful for some students, but distracting to others.  You will have to determine the level of visual input which is efficient for your child’s visual learning style.   We ended up switching to a math curriculum that had very little color, but had great diagrams, charts, and other visuals to explain concepts.  My highly visual child much preferred the simpler format when it came to math, but he loved vividly colorful, detailed images for all of his science content learning.

A great, relatively inexpensive resource for teaching is educational posters.  We had several posted on our walls including a large map of the world, the periodic table of elements, posters of various species of snakes, birds, plant identification, etc.  When you have a highly visual learner, seeing concepts, categories, or detailed identification information on a colorful wall poster can have a huge impact on learning.   In order to make it easier for you to find such teaching tools, I have created a Learning Abled Kids’ Educational Poster store that is categorized for your convenience.  For each school year, depending upon what you are studying in each subject area, getting a poster or two is a great plan.

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