7 Styles of Learning

It’s possible that your child prefers one, or multiple styles of learning. Try these learning activities in your homeschool curriculum and monitor which teaching styles help your child retain lessons confidently and quickly.

1. Auditory

Auditory learners learn and retain information when there is sound, music and rhythm involved in a lesson. These learners take in and process information by listening and speaking. Some tend to concentrate better when music is playing in the background or like to sing songs throughout the day. In a homeschool setting, auditory learners can read stories aloud to younger siblings, or listen to a parent read stories.

Auditory Learning Activity

Most libraries have books on tape that families can check out for free (or even download from home). Auditory learners learn and retain concepts by following a story in a book while listening to somebody else reading.

Learning Resources for Auditory Learners:

  1. Epic! – This reading app will read books aloud to your child.
  2. Rock n’ Learn – Use songs to grasp math, science, and reading.
  3. Maestro Classics – Dedicate learning time for music appreciation.

2. Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic learners thrive on physical movement, their sense of touch and the use of physical objects to help them learn. They are also known as the “hands-on” learner. Many kinesthetic learners can be found acting out what they are learning through physical activity and hands-on building or creating. Doing, building, acting-out and moving all help the kinesthetic learner take in, process and categorize information in their brain. Kinesthetic learners like to figure out how things work by doing or creating it. If you have a kinesthetic learner, try incorporating movement into learning time. Homeschooling is a wonderful option for kinesthetic learners because kids can get up and move throughout the day as they need to.

Kinesthetic Learning Activity
Most libraries have books on tape that families can check out for free (or even download from home). Auditory learners learn and retain concepts by following a story in a book while listening to somebody else reading.

Learning Resources for Kinesthetic Learners:

  1. Play-Doh Activities – Shape together letters and words with play-doh.
  2. Reusable Sticker Sets – Stick math, science, and geography concepts to any surface. No mess!
  3. Science Experiments – Apply science concepts in a hands-on activity.

3. Logical

Logical learners are also called mathematical learners. These students are better at processing information when logic and reasoning are involved. Logical learners are often found identifying patterns they see in the real world or dividing their toys into categories based on similarities. They like to find patterns, solve equations, and categorize information. Many logical learners need to know the “why” behind a lesson. Why is this concept or skill important? Logical learners often learn through the use of structured systems like creating outlines. In a homeschool setting, use real world examples to illuminate concepts and provide your student with tools to stay organized.

Logical Learning Activity
Logical learners thrive in organized environments. Use graphic organizers to help kids understand what they are reading, put events in order, or chart out data.

Learning Resources for Logical Learners:

  1. Graphic Organizers – Organize new concepts in a way that’s logical for your learner
  2. Life of Fred Books – These silly stories apply tough math concepts to real world scenarios.
  3. Magic School Bus Science Kits – Provide the “why” behind tricky science concepts with hands-on science experiments.

4. Social

Social learners are also known as interpersonal learners. They learn best when working or relating with others. Social learners are often kiddos who thrive on playdates, hate to be alone or play alone, are always talking about others or finding ways to help or interact with others. Role-play or collaboration helps social learners to process information efficiently. When problem solving, social learners share ideas and like to “talk out” potential solutions. Ask social learners to explain their answer, and walk you through their journey to getting to it. In a homeschool setting, social learners can collaborate with their siblings or with other children in their co-op, church group, neighborhood friends, or family members.

Social Learning Activity
Ask your social learner to perform an interview. They can ask questions to learn more about an historical event, gather data for a math problem, or learn about a new career. They can interview you, a neighbor or friend, or even a local librarian!

Learning Resources for Social Learners:

  1. Puppets – Use puppets to act out and create storylines around lessons you’re teaching.
  2. Bluebee Pals – This plush buddy can sing and read to your child.
  3. Talking Globe – Interact with this talking globe to learn geography facts.

5. Solitary

Solitary students are also known as intrapersonal learners. These individuals prefer to learn alone using self-study methods like a reading list, study guides, and reports. The solitary learner is often shy, preferring to play alone or in very small groups. They thrive when lessons relate to their own lives. Solitary students are goal-oriented. They feel successful when setting personal goals and accomplishing them. In a homeschool setting, give your student the opportunity to guide lessons based off their interests so they stay self-motivated. Set goals and track the progress of those goals. If your solitary student has siblings, it’s important to schedule alone time for that child.

Solitary Learning Activity
Teaching perimeter and area? Ask your solitary learner to choose a new way to organize their room by creating a new floorplan!

Learning Resources for Solitary Learners:

  1. Lapbooks – A hands-on way to work independently while focusing on a concept or subject.
  2. Learn to Mod Minecraft ® – Here’s a way to turn solo video game play into a learning assignment.
  3. Permacharts – Provide your solitary learner with quick reference guides to give them the confidence to answer questions on their own.

6. Verbal

Verbal learners are also known as linguistic learners. They are responsive to interacting with words, through speaking and writing. A child that loves to talk, loves reading or loves writing is likely a verbal learner. They like to read, take notes, and present what they have learned. Integrate more words into your lessons with worksheets, written reports, and word games like boggle, scrabble, and crossword puzzles. In a homeschool setting, create opportunities for your verbal learner to share their learning with you, family members, other kids, or at a local library.

Verbal Learning Activity
Teaching perimeter and area? Ask your solitary learner to choose a new way to organize their room by creating a new floorplan!Verbal learners love to dissect and “play” with words. Pull out games like Scrabble or Boggle to practice spelling, vocabulary, and phonics.

Learning Resources for Verbal Learners:

  1. uKloo Treasure Hunt Game – This fun game to teaches sight words and develops reading skills.
  2. Wondrous Worksheets – Get access to hundreds of pre-made worksheets to print.
  3. StartWrite – Create infinite customized handwriting worksheets.

7. Visual

Visual learners best process information when they use their sense of sight. If you have a child that loves images, prefers videos to books, or likes creating visual art, you may have a visual learner. Use pictures, color and other forms of visual media to help visual learners process information. “Seeing is believing” for visual learners, so add pictures, color coding, maps and graphic organizers to your lessons. In a homeschool setting, visual learners can benefit from watching parents, siblings, or videos to see how a task is performed before trying on their own.

Visual Learning Activity
Highlighters are the best tool for visual learners. Kids can highlight sight words, find patterns, color code important facts, and more.

Learning Resources for Visual Learners:

  1. Reusable Sticker Sets – Support math, science, and geography lessons with colorful stickers.
  2. Times Tales – Watch video stories to memorize the multiplication tables.
  3. Eye Lighter Guided Reading Strips – Develop reading skills and speed.