My first grader is a visual learner. She loves to read, enjoys doodling, and uses pictures, images, and objects to grasp material she is trying to understand.
In my first post, I gave a basic run down on the three different types of learning styles. In this post, I will focus on how to assist your visual learners and equip them with tools that will make learning a pleasure!
As a reminder, a Visual Learner:
• Uses visual objects such as graphs, charts, and pictures
• Able to memorize and recall various information
• Tends to remember things that are written down
• Learns better in lectures by watching them (reference)
Here are some ideas and resources we have used that have made learning a visual joy for my daughter:
Science: As a science project last year, my daughter and I collected various types of leaves from our neighborhood park. We then arranged them on different colored pages of construction paper and wrote the names of the leaves underneath each one. Then we put each of these pages into a plastic sheet and then in a three-ring binder, which she loves to look through. This brought together several things:
– An outing of collecting the leaves from their sources
– Ordering and arranging them to her liking
– Writing their names
– Finishing the book
Spelling: One curriculum we use that is perfect for visual learners is called “All About Spelling.” Vowels and consonants are different colors and the student is encouraged to manipulate and place them in various orders to help with memorization and learning.
Review cards that cover different subject matter are a variety of colors and there are even little plastic colored discs that can be used to help children sound out words phonetically.
In addition, All About Spelling encourages using a variety of different textures (pudding, sand, rice, etc) to dictate letters, words, and sounds.
Math: For math, I learned quickly that my daughter was not interested in workbooks by themselves – and she got bored with only one set of manipulatives for counting.
After doing some research, I settled on Right Start Math, which has been a God-send for us! Right Start’s main tool is an abacus which the child uses with almost every lesson. The goal is that the child will be able to picture the abacus in his or her mind when calculating mathematical problems.
In addition to the abacus, Right Start also utilizes a math scale and dozens of math games instead of flash cards to make learning a hands-on, visual and engaging experience for young children.
I never have to ask if my daughter wants to do math anymore! In fact, she wants to practice our math games even when math is done for the day!
For Geography, it is great to make use of pictures and maps as much as possible so that your visual learner can picture the size and shape and one country or state next to another. For international geography study, I highly recommend Little Passports.
Your child receives a miniature suitcase with a map and passport in it to use for the whole year. Each month, they receive a package in the mail that highlights one new country.
This package includes a sticker for their passport with the country’s flag, a baggage tag, a special gift from fictional characters Sam and Sofia (who travel the world and send them letters from abroad), crossword puzzles, online games, and more that teach your child many aspects of life in one specific country.
My children love this because it is not just me reading to them about a country – they are experiencing it themselves in a variety of ways.
Other little tips:
Make use of highlighters and different colored pencils or pens when writing, reading and studying. Have your child try writing out speeches or presentations as it may help them visualize the order of the content they will be sharing.
These are just a few resources that I have found helpful with my visual learner. Know of a great resource for visual learners and want to share it? Let us know!