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.

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.

Communicating in Your Child’s Love Language

Every child has their own personality and their own way of expressing themselves. In the book, Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman, it has been discussed what are the 5 basic love languages of our children. I think it is important that we found out what is the primary love language of each of our kids so we are certain that we are communicating our love to them more efficiently, right?

The five love languages that Gary Chapman discussed are:

  • Words of Affirmation. People need to hear compliments. Simple “thank you” or “you look wonderful today” is important to this people.
  • Quality Time. People equate love with spending time with them like listening to them, walking, talking and the likes.
  • Physical Touch. People need to be hugged, touched, or sit close together.
  • Receiving Gifts. People need to receive thoughtful, not necessarily expensive, gifts.
  • Acts of Service. People receive love through acts of service like fixing the bed, preparing a meal for them or doing a chore for them.

For adults, it is easy to determine. But for children, we would need to spend some time in studying the habits of our kids. So how can you tell your child’s primary love language? Here are Chapman’s suggestions:

  • Observe how your child expresses love to you.

    Watch your child; he may well be speaking his own language. This is particularly true of a young child, who is very likely to express love to you in the language he desires most to receive.

  • Observe how your child expresses love to others.
    If your child loves to make crafts for relatives or friends this may indicate that her primary love language is Gifts
  • Listen to what your child requests most often.
    If your child often asks questions like “How do I look, Mommy?”, “What do you think of my drawing?”, or “Did you think I did well at practice today?”, this pattern may indicate that his love language is Words of Affirmation.
  • Notice what your child most frequently complains about.
    If you child complaints that “You never have time for me”, “Why don’t you play games with me?”, or “We never do things together” , it would be indicative of the need for Quality Time.
  • Give your child a choice between two options.
    Chapman and Campbell suggests to ask your child to make choices between two love language. For example, “I have some free time Saturday. Would you like me to fix your bike, or would you rather go to the park together and shoot some hoops?”. The choice is between Acts of Service and Quality Time.

    “As you give options for several weeks, keep a record of your child’s choices. If most of them tend to cluster around one of the five love languages, you have likely discovered which one makes your child feel most loved. At times, your child will not want either option, and will suggest something else. You should keep a record of those requests also, since they may give you clues.”

    I am still determining the love language of my kids. How about you?

Check out http://fatherhood.about.com/od/parentingadvice/a/love_languages.htm and http://janetboyer.com/5_Love_Languages_Of_Children.html for more information.

Progress Report

Today was the PTC meeting with Kyla’s teacher. She handed me the progress report of Kyla. Academically, Kyla is doing very good. She has improved in all her subjects except Filipino. It was great to know that she has also improved socially. According to her teacher, she now makes conversations with fellow classmates. Though she still needs more exposure in order to develop her confidence and speaking skills. Speaking or performing in front is a HUGE deal for Kyla and the last time they had their book week presentation, she refused to participate. Coming this February, there are some more school activities, I have been preparing her by talking to her about it already and practicing at home. I hope she overcomes her stage fright and may she develop her confidence. I have mentioned before that Kyla has a slow-to-warm-up personality and has to be prepped when there are events and changes coming her way.

Do you have similar experiences with your kids? I would appreciate any advice.

What’s Your Personality?

Mine is Good-natured Realist (GR)
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Good-natured Realists are warm-hearted, helpful personalities. They do their work conscientiously and have a pronounced organising talent. They often feel they are committed to traditional values. The family in particular is extremely important to Good-natured Realists.

Their greatest pleasure is making themselves useful and taking care of other people. But they do not like pushing themselves to the fore; they prefer to fulfil their tasks out of the limelight. Good-natured Realists are real workaholics; they are very reliable and nothing is too much for them when it is a question of completing a project. Thoroughness, conscientiousness and sense of duty are their strongest points. They prefer established and familiar situations to new and unknown situations.

In dealing with others, Good-natured Realists are considerate and obliging; they are always happy to put aside their own requirements in the interest of their family and friends. Their home is mostly very well cared-for, cosy and tidy. Their perfectionism on the one hand and their aversion to delegating tasks on the other hand often lead to them taking on too much both professionally and privately. They cannot stand discord; conflicts make them very unhappy. One could almost describe them as being harmony-addicted – and this sometimes leads them to strongly neglecting themselves and their own wishes because they are unable to bring themselves to put up a fight.Good-natured Realists dream of a stable and trusting relationship for life. Marriage and family are very important to them. They take care of their partner attentively and lovingly and put up with a lot for a harmonious relationship. They are also loyal and reliable friends. However, they can be very hurt if their interpersonal commitment is taken for granted for too long.

Adjectives which describe your type
introverted, practical, emotional, planning, tradition-conscious, good-natured, self-sacrificing, caring, devoted, friendly, loyal, considerate, reliable, conscientious, loving, quiet, reserved, modest, helpful, objective, hard-working, warm-hearted, communicative, painstaking, altruistic

These subjects could interest you
cooking, animals, family, music, trekking, camping, hiking, craftwork, nature, drawing/painting, astrology, spiritual matters, meditation