Different children approach learning in different ways: some learn best by reading or listening, some by reasoning, some by seeing or creating images, and others by manipulating. By discovering more about your child’s learning profile, you can help your child approach a more difficult topic by building off her areas of strength. For example, if your child does best when she can “see” what is being asked of her, she can leverage mind maps or other visuals to learn. Similarly, you can foster less utilized ways of learning by approaching an area of mastery through a less favored aspect of her learning profile. Thus, you can encourage this same visual child to look for mathematical patterns, or ask her to write a story by way of a graphic novel. Now that you have completed the survey, take a look at your child’s dominant way of approaching learning.
Scientist/Mathematician children tend to be strong in reasoning, number, and critical thinking. Your child is likely able to recognize abstract patterns and follow (or put forth!) complex logical arguments. Your child likely learns most easily through determining patterns and relationships, by classifying and grouping information, and through scientific problem solving.
As a Scientist/Mathematician learner, your child likely does well in school. She is usually organized, shows strong early memory abilities, and is invested in discovering the answer for the answer’s sake. Your child’s art is likely more orderly than whimsical, and may even show early abilities to demonstrate scale. Your child likely has an avid curiosity and will explore things like bugs or worms independently. In fact, she is more likely to revel in going deeper in exploration as opposed to simply searching for new things to discover. Doing so allows her to apply her developing problem solving and predictions abilities, both of which stimulate and challenge her.
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