Monday, 13 April 2015

Learning Math - Know Your Child's Learning Style.

Each of us has a preferred learning style. Are you aware of yours? 
Broadly speaking there are 4/5 different learning styles: 
  • Visual, 
  • Auditory, 
  • Kinesthetic/Tactile and, some would argue, 
  • Analytical/Logical. 
 Although we adopt a mix of styles there is always one that is predominant. 
 This presents schools with a challenge. 
 How do they ensure every child is taught the way he/she likes to learn best?
Homeschooling parents on the other hand have the responsibility of choosing
the program that best matches their child's preferred learning style.

Do you know what your child's dominant learning style is? Would you know how to identify it? If you would like to know more an excellent place to start would be an article by Fiona Fuller entitled 'Learning Styles in Children' that appeared in To read the article click here.
Young children are often predominantly Kinaesthetic/Tactile learners and manipulatives like Cuisenaire rods are perfect tools for exploration and discovery. The math program outlined in this blog naturally embraces all the learning styles and is therefore ideal for children regardless of the fact every child learns in a way unique to them.
There are specific words and phrases that children need to become familiar with and these can be introduced during FREE PLAY or DIRECTED ACTIVITIES.
e.g 'Build Noddy's House."

Because young children are more naturally kinaesthetic learners introducing the vocabulary this way will ensure they understand and retain it.

This is also true for older children and adults who, for whatever reason, did not understand math concepts the first time around. 

I first truly understood Pythagoras' Theorem when I saw it demonstrated with the rods and then made it myself.

Adults have found this approach very liberating especially as, often for the first time, they are able to ‘see’ patterns and relationships that traditional teaching methods had ’hidden’ from them.

I will shortly be releasing Part one of Child's Play Maths a play based program for children aged 5 to 11.
Originally the program was called 'Ensure Your Child Succeeds at Maths' but I felt 'Child's Play Maths' more accurately describes what the program is about. Part One consists of a manual, PPT Presentations and twenty nine instructional videos. It is due out in July 2016.

Here is Video Tutorial Unit 5 - Important Words and Phrases.

The next post will focus on a simple learning equation that that reveals how children can easily become effective learners.

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