Learning Styles

I am currently researching about learning styles of the kids. I want to be able to teach them here at home and motivate them to learn by customizing my teaching style based on their individual learning styles.There are 7 learning styles according to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory. They are the Linguistic, Logical-mathematical, Visual, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal.I got the following information from Children’s Corner.

The Linguistic child enjoys reading and writing more than the other kids. A Logical-Mathematical child is more interested in concepts and numbers. The Visual child learns best through pictures and images. If your child is Bodily-Kinesthetic, then he prefers to move and touch to learn.The Musical child needs rhythm and melody to learn something new. And the Interpersonal child learns best with other people around while the Intrapersonal child prefers being left alone to study.

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence: The capacity to use language effectively.

These people have rich vocabulary and sensitivity to the meaning of words, grammar rules and the function of language in writing and orally. They enjoy listening and talking to people.

Kids in their young age enjoy listening and telling stories. They are effective in expressing them selves and convincing others by using the language and their rich vocabulary wisely.

They like word games and puzzles. These kids are always successful learners by listening and hearing. These people sort the information through their listening and repeating skills.

Logical and mathematical Intelligence: The capacity to use numbers effectively.

These people have ability to see relationships between objects and solve problems, as in calculus and engineering.

Children with high logical-mathematical intelligence are curios about how things work. They like to ask questions and investigate. They use numbers wisely and enjoy solving problems. They have the ability to understand logical patterns, categories and relationships, causes and effects. They enjoy strategy games, logical puzzles and experiments. They like to use computers.

Visual/Spatial Intelligence: Ability to think in images or pictures.

People with high visual intelligence are able to visualize three-dimensional objects. They take the information and translate it into images and pictures in their mind. When they need, they have the ability to retrieve the information through the images and pictures they restored earlier.

They have the ability to understand geometry and recognize the relationships of objects in space. Kids with visual intelligence in schools are successful in geometry. As well, they are very good in visual arts, sculpture, architecture and photography.

These kids enjoy mazes and jigsaw puzzles. They like to spend their free time drawing and building Legos. These kids are known as daydreamers.

Bodily kinesthetic Intelligence: Ability to use the body skillfully and to express oneself.

People with bodily intelligences use their body to communicate and solve problems. They are good with objects and activities involving their body, hands and fingers.

People with Bodily Intelligence prefer to learn trough their body or feelings. These people are more successful in learning if they can touch, manipulate and move or feel whatever they are learning.

Children with high Kinesthetic Intelligence learn best with activities: games, acting, hands-on tasks, building. These kids process the information by applying and through bodily sensation; for example in a classroom where people from history is acted out or an assignment which allow them build something such as Lego towers etc.

Children with Bodily Intelligence like being physically active, playing sports, dancing, and acting. They like doing crafts and working on mechanical projects.

Musical Intelligence: Capacity to understand and express oneself musically.

People with musical intelligence have ability to here and recognize tones, rhythms and musical patterns. They are even sensitive to nonverbal sounds in the environment. These people enjoy listening to music and singing to themselves.

Musical children usually play a musical instrument. They participate in school choir or school band. They like to sing or drum to themselves. They can remember and repeat a melody after listening it to once. They have ability to understand the structure of music to create melodies and rhythms. They learn through rhythm and melody. They need music to study or learn new things more easily if sung, tapped out, or whistled.

Interpersonal Intelligence: Ability to understand people and relationships.

People with interpersonal intelligence understand and care about people and their feelings, and interact effectively with them. They approach people with empathy and recognize differences among people and value their point of view with sensitivity to their motives, moods and intentions. These people are sensitive to facial expressions, gestures and voice. They always get along with others and they are able to maintain good relationships with one or more people among family and friends.

Kids with Interpersonal Intelligence have more than one friend. They care about their friends and like to help to solve their problems. These kids like to teach other kids, take place in school organizations and clubs. They have the ability to influence people and are natural leaders.

Intrapersonal Intelligence: Ability to think about and understand one’s self.

People with Intrapersonal Intelligence are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, moods and motivations. They have the ability for self discipline to achieve personal goals.

These children are self-motivated. They can monitor their thoughts and feelings and control them effectively. Intrapersonal children need their own quiet space most of the time, they prefer to study individually and learn best through observing and listening. These children like to play by them selves. They use self-knowledge to make decisions to set goals. They are sensitive to their own feelings and moods.

An Indirect Approach to Sibling Conflict

One great way to challenge the sibling conflict problems in a household is to play games with your children. Games are miniature scenarios about real life. Whether you’re playing a board game, a card game, or some kind of communication or role playing game, children have to use relational skills.

Playing games can teach children how to win, how to lose, how to show mercy, and how to talk humbly. As you play games with your children, model honor. Have fun and enjoy the game but avoid put downs, bragging, boasting, hurtful revenge, and meanness. That seems to be hard even for some parents these days.

Teach children how to win without being hurtful, how to lose without complaining, how to make a good move with humility, and show honor whether you’re winning or losing. Kids need to see these things modeled in games so they can learn how to handle similar situations in life.

Choose your comments wisely as you correct or confront others who may not handle themselves well. You may let some things go, but your comments are important and children learn from the things you say.

You may see selfishness and bad attitudes demonstrate themselves. Look for loving ways to correct while still enjoying the game. Play games regularly and continue to look for ways to communicate honor and challenge dishonoring behavior and words. You’ll be surprised at how much you can teach without your children even realizing they’re in a classroom.

This tip comes from the chapter on teaching siblings to honor in the book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, In You and Your Kids by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Relationship Makes Kids More Responsive

I received this from an email group I am subscribed to and when I got the go signal to share it, I am excited to share this tip with you. I learned something, I hope you do too!

Many parents see a problem and start giving instructions immediately. This often means that they yell across the parking lot or bark commands from the other side of the house. We believe this approach isn’t the best. It’s not enough to see the need and tell someone to respond to it. That approach doesn’t demonstrate value for the relationship. Parenting isn’t just about getting tasks done; it’s about building relationships at the same time.

Start by getting close to your child. Most of the time this means that before you give an instruction you call your child over to you. This presents a problem in many young families because preschoolers often don’t come when they’re called. The fact is, even older children don’t come when they’re called unless they are taught to do so.

Take time to teach your children how to come when you call them. It takes practice but it’s well worth the work. Parents often ask, “What do I do in the grocery store when I call my preschooler and he runs away?” Well, the grocery store isn’t the place to practice. That’s the final exam! By practicing over and over at home and at the park, children are then able to respond in public.

Like every step in a good instruction routine, getting close to each other requires changes from both child and parent. Children also find it tempting to yell across the house. Now children learn that dialogue only takes place when relationship has been established through eye contact and being physically close together. Sometimes it’s the small things that demonstrate that a parent cares or that a child is willing to listen. Putting down the paper, looking up from the computer, or just turning to face your child before you speak communicates the importance of what you are about to say.

Some parents report major improvement in a child’s responsiveness when they just implement this step and give instructions only when the child is within a few feet. Sometimes that little nonverbal statement about your relationship is all that’s needed to gain a more cooperative attitude from your child.

And what if that doesn’t work? Well, it’s only the first step. Four more steps are yet to come and you can read about them in the book, Good and Angry, Exchanging Frustration for Character In You and Your Kids by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Talking To Toddlers

I would like to share with you something I have learned from Talking To Toddlers. Sometimes, my toddler doesn’t want to oblige with a command. I have learned from Talking To Toddlers that I can use double binds. What is a double bind? It creates an illusion of choice. For example, your kids doesnt want to fix the room. You can say “do you want to fix your room now before we eat or after?” Actually, what you are doing is making the action look like it was the choice of the kid. I have tried it and it usually works!

I have mentioned this in my previous post on communication and the tips I am getting from Talking To Toddlers actually works!

Note: This is not a paid posting.

Am I Getting Through?

Our kids have different personalities and as moms, it is our job to connect to them whatever their personality is. Sometimes, because of these personality differences, it comes out to outsiders that we have personal favorites. When in fact, we are just relating to each one according to each personality type.

With my eldest daughter, I didn’t really had a hard time since she listens to me and she is a logical thinker. I just need to be able to explain things to her and once she understands, it is easy for her to follow.

As for my little boy who is now 2 years old, I need to understand how to effectively communicate to him. He is very playful and can come across as naughty. I still am learning his behavior and his personality. So I was really glad when I came across this Talking to Toddlers series. It is an audio course about terrible twos and using effective communication with toddlers. I am only halfway through the course, but I have been practicing what I have learned, so far, most of it is working!

I am excited to be able to finish the course and apply what I’ve learned to effectively communicate with my 2 year old. Eventually, I can also share some pointers with you.

Note: This is not a paid posting.