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 his areas of strength. For example, if your child does best when he can “see” what is being asked of him, he 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 his learning profile. Thus, you can encourage this same visual child to look for mathematical patterns, or ask him 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. He may be an avid storyteller, has 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 he often has very good recall of names and events.
Your child likely has a good sense of humor and enjoys reading and telling you jokes and riddles, or trying to master tongue twisters. Your Writer/Storyteller is likely a strong writer and is ready for more challenges in terms of expanding these skills. For instance, your child may benefit from learning more about paragraphing, beginning essay/thesis formulation, perspective taking and voice in writing, etc.
He is likely expressive in all aspects of his interactions and enjoys projects that encompass some of these same skills (e.g., putting on a play, writing and performing a mock TV or radio interview, reciting poetry, etc.). Yours is the child who will actually fill in details when you ask them about their day. The reports from school in terms of skills set are usually good, and your child is successful at listening to and following through on multi-step directions without much support.
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