In a nutshell, all children do not have the same learning style.
Most public and private schools are designed for one type of learner: he/she who can sit still and focus for a period of time, who takes joy in accomplishing tasks, who does not have a learning glitch or disability, and who is not disruptive. However, most children are NOT this type of learner, especially in a crowded classroom of 20 kids. And at home, they don't HAVE to be this type of learner.
What better way to be a good teacher than to teach in a way that matches the way your student learns? A learning style is the way a person processes, comprehends and learns new information.
Developmental psychologists say that young children are sponges for information and this is true for at least three reasons: 1) they usually learn from experience and therefore life is a constant training session for young children, 2) they don't have a great deal of conflicting information which might bias the learning outcome (they start out with a "clean slate"), and 3) they begin life with a natural, uninhibited desire to learn because their self esteem is intact (they believe in themselves).
A great way to foster your child's self esteem- their acceptance of themselves just as they are- is to supply them with learning experiences in which they can thrive. A great way to do this is to pay attention to how they learn best and then to teach to their learning style so that they experience success.
A child's learning style involves one or a combination of the following five senses:
Visual - seeing it
Auditory - hearing it
Olfactory - smelling it
Verbal - saying it (sometimes tasting it!)
Tactile - touching it
Experts agree that young children learn best when a combination of the five senses are utilized. That is, when the content to be learned is presented in way that stimulates as many of the senses as possible. Example: audio books for auditory learners, narration for verbal learners, let the boys play with Legos while you read their lessons out loud (kinesthetic learners).
Homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to create individualized learning experiences for each of your learners according to their specific learning styles. If your child becomes over stimulated by excessive noise you can control this in his/her learning environment in many ways: 1) turn the volume down on the computer or the stereo equipment, 2) ask other learners to speak quietly, 3) create a special area for your child, and 4) provide earplugs for him or her (most of the over the counter brands don't block out all of the noise anyway, they just take the edge off of the higher pitched sounds).
As children grow older they tend to adopt a single preferred method of learning and they can verbalize this preference with your help and inquiry. A good way to help older children identify their learning style is to ask them how they like to absorb, store, and retrieve information. There are online assessments available at
The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias
Discover Your Child’s Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle Hodson