Tuning in to Your Child's Learning Style
5/28/2008 | by
Do you have a watchful observer? Or an interactive do-er? Understanding your child's prevailing learning style not only does wonders in the potty training department-it can go a long way in helping you adapt life lessons as your child discovers and grows.
Set Your Sights on Learning
Do you have a child who is amused, engaged or motivated by seeing things happen? Does learning to count become a little easier when there are colorful pieces or shiny objects to tally up? If so, chances are you've got a 'visual' learner. And offering visual learning triggers and tools will help you make the most of your child's catch-a-glimpse learning style.
How do you adapt learning activities for a visual learner?
Luckily, the children's learning experts are keenly aware of the visual learners among us. Choose games, books and toys based on their visual stimulation value. For instance, an audio learning CD might not be as effective for a visual learner as a picture book or DVD. Rewarding progress is probably most motivating in the form of something colorful and bright like a big bright sticker or badge.
And when it comes to potty training,
PULL-UPS® Training Pants with Learning Designs® suit visual learners to a tee! These training pants have graphics on the inside and outside that fade when wet, so kids can see the difference between wet and dry.
Maybe you have a child who needs to be completely engaged or immersed in the task or play at hand. Someone who likes to get up to their elbows in cookie dough, maybe? The stickier, the gooier, the more tactile--the better the experience. These touchy-feely learners are considered 'sensory' learners. And if your child is among the many, offering experiential or sensory learning tools will help him learn best.
What makes a sensory learner tick? Here too, children's learning experts are up-to-speed on these touch-and-feel learners so you'll find and abundance of toys, books and other learning activities that let your child really experience the learning at hand. Finger paint might be a better choice than watercolors for a sensory learner. Having a waterworks demonstration is more fun than seeing pictures. Experiencing rewards for a job well done are probably the most motivating-a call to grandma, an ice cream treat. These types of feel-good rewards will fill your proud learner with the right kind of sensory stimulation.
And for potty training,
PULL-UPS® Training Pants with Cool Alert™ are just the thing for a sensory learner. These training pants help children learn to stay dry by allowing them to briefly feel cool within seconds of becoming wet to help teach them the difference between wet and dry.