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.
Your child fits many of the traits of a Writer/Storyteller. Your child tends to love words, books, and ideas. She may be an avid storyteller, have a strong vocabulary, and may be good at formulating verbal arguments. Your child likely learns best through reading, taking notes, listening to information, and engaging in active discussions. Stories, rhymes, and poetry delight the Writer/Storyteller, and she often has very good recall of names and events.
The shift to a more formal learning-to-read program at school has likely been relatively smooth. Your child continues to love words, stories, and dialog. Likely she is a relatively strong reader, although she may balk at the more stilted pared-down phonics readers that can dominate early reading lessons. With your child’s connections with peers increasing, your child may begin to tell you sometimes long-winded tales of events at school. She likely has one type of book she likes to read (e.g., adventure or fantasy), reading many books within that genre. Encourage your child’s writing—many young Writer/Storytellers advance quickly in their length and complexity of written sentences and short stories.
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