You have a VISUAL Learner!
Our visual kiddos, as the name suggests, process information and new ideas best when they can SEE it. They’re a bit more quiet than other kids, but that’s not because they aren’t paying attention - it's because they’re watching, observing, and taking in information from every angle! They’re amazing at remembering details and tend to have very vivid and playful imaginations, and prefer to have things “just so” and organized in their lives.
What’s the best way to support a visual learner?Obviously, getting to SEE something happening is the best way for them to grasp it. So offer as many hands-on projects and activities as possible.Details! Details! Details! Your visual learner sees the world in a very realistic and detailed way. This special ability makes them incredible problem solvers, BUT it also means they often need more time than others to work through their mental processing. They have to organize the information they’ve been given in a particular way before processing, so make sure not to assume that they’re struggling - give them time!Lists and very specific instructions help keep them focused!
There are also very important things to AVOID with visual learners.Timed projects. Honestly these are bad for everyone, but for the visual child who takes their time gathering details they’re extra awful.Show/explain their work. The visual learner’s amazing ability to creatively problem solve can make it hard for them to explain how they came to their answer, and requiring it can make them feel like their method isn’t "right". This also makes estimation in math a challenge, because they just want to solve the actual problem!Creative writing. Despite having vivid imaginations, creative writing is a struggle for the visual learner, who prefers fact-based information. When writing comes up, support their need for sharing concrete over abstract.
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