This is a guest post by Charu Swaroop, she contributes to Yellow Giraffe – a store for kids’ toys online in India.

A child’s learning ability is enhanced through the 5 senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and feeling. But we bring forth 8 ways to maximize your child’s learning ability.

The Eightfold Path

1. Styles of Learning

There are 3 basic styles of learning

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Movement (Kinesthetic)

The best of all 3 styles could be incorporated effectively into a great learning manual.

2. What is a visual child?

If your child prefers a visual learning style, he/she likes to read and learn. It is best to make the child look at pictures, watch things and use demonstrations. The visual child recognizes spellings from the way they look and might not remember names although he/she is very good with faces.

3. What is the auditory style?

Children who have an auditory style of learning learn by listening to the spoken word by others as well as themselves. The auditory child likes to listen and finds it easier to recollect telephone numbers, verbal communication, and email addresses. Listening to dialogue and vocalizing is a key trait. In his/her free time this child talks or hums/sings.

4. What is the kinesthetic style of learning?

Children with a kinesthetic style of learning learn by doing, touching and with the aid of movement. This is a child who is always on the move and doing stuff. He/she loves dismantling things and putting them together, also enjoying constructing things. Learning is through an interest in how things work and manipulating materials and objects.

5. How does a visual child learn best?

The child with a visual learning style observes the speaker’s face to gauge emotions and takes notes while listening to the teacher. The child focuses on detailing and the macro version of things. If not involved in any activity, he/she prefers to sketch, draw or doodle. He/she learns best when allowed to draw what is being learned. Encourage this child to make diagrams, note points and highlight key areas. Break words into syllables with a gap while teaching spelling and introduce flow charts for science, maps for geography and posters for literature. It’s all on paper for these guys.

6. How to teach an auditory child?

An auditory child possesses sharp memory where names are concerned but is bad with faces. Music is a preferred activity but auditory stimuli can be distracting. An auditory input is needed while studying and the child could read aloud as well. Hearing of information is essential for comprehension and so is the urge for repetition in his voice to be reassured. Put addition and multiplication tables into music, chants or poems and see the difference and teach history via dialogues between historical figures.

7. The kinesthetic modality of learning!

The kinesthetic child is fidgety while reading and likes action stories instead. Dialogue and listening patiently is not favored and neither is inactivity. Gestures are made while talking and constant innovation is being made. This child prefers to do things himself/herself so spellings must be taught by tracing and writing over words and math with blocks.

8. Other Learning Styles

Keep in mind other learning styles as well as to if your child is an individual learner or a group learner. In group learners, learning is enhanced through interaction with other learners and socializing is a must.