According to the VARK learning styles model, there are 4 major types of learners:
Most people are a mixture of these 4 categories depending on different factors such as material and who they are learning from. As a homeschooling teacher, it is important to know what strengths your children have and what areas they may struggle with. The Social Science Research Network says that 65% of people are visual learners so with that being the common category, we are going to look at three ways that you can make the most of homeschooling for the visual learners.
3 Easy Ways to Homeschool to the Visual Learner
- Visualize the information
There is a reason why there are so many infographics that are virally shared online. Information, especially data-driven information, is often daunting for a student to learn and absorb if presented a certain way that doesn’t visually show the ideas. Visual learners can easily retain the information you are presenting if you are using carefully crafted diagrams, charts, and graphs to show the subject material. Incorporate an image or video clip into a lesson for your visual learner to play to their strengths.
- Visual entertainment
Children growing up today are surrounded by new technologies and countless media options. Rather than cutting out screen time for your children, utilize the technology to incorporate more entertaining educational opportunities into your curriculum. Some of the best educational apps for kids cater to the visual learner and since they feel more like games, your children will have fun while learning. Incorporating video content is another entertaining way for your kids to learn, while also being one of the most effective methods of teaching information to visual learners. PureFlix.com offers a varied homeschool curriculum here that has thousands of educational films and series, documentaries and more. As a homeschooling teacher, you have more freedom to combine education with quality family time, and an educational movie night is a great way to make learning fun. Even when teaching subjects that don’t translate to a visual medium like video, you can still cater to the visual learner. Visual word puzzles like crosswords, cryptograms and even games like hangman are another way to make learning vocabulary fun and is simple, yet effective.
- Visual memorization
Presenting information visually will help the visual learner understand it better, but will also more easily ingrain it in their minds. You can achieve this by using a whiteboard and color-coding various items in your lesson while giving your children highlighters of the same color. This will give them an additional visual cue while they are taking their notes. Flash cards are a tried and true method that also helps retain information. You can incorporate the use of flashcards not just to cram before a test, but to review information after a lesson is over with.
Remember, no child learns exclusively from one style, so find out what your child responds to the most during your lessons and then try employing some of these tips for your visual learners to make the most out of your children’s home education.