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Every child has their own way of retaining information through each of their senses. Before embarking on the language learning journey, it may be a good idea to figure out what your child’s learning style is. This can be done simply by observing their actions and interests.

 

Visual Learner

Visual learners learn best by seeing.

 

Tips/ activities:
  • Try to pair verbal instruction with writing, this allows your child to really retain what they have heard
  • Use Picture Vocabulary – substitute words on flashcards for pictures
  • Create mind maps, diagrams and drawings to explain a concept
  • Read storybooks – with pictures!
  • Watch videos, rather than listening to songs or audiobooks
  • If listening to audiobooks, pair it with the written text for your child to follow along

 

Auditory/Verbal Learner

Auditory/Verbal learners retain information by listening.

 

Tips/activities:
  • Discussion – Have a conversation with your child
  • Listen to audiobooks, music, podcasts
  • Repeat words and phrases
  • Teach others – your child can practice what they have learned by teaching their siblings or their stuffed animals
  • Read out loud
  • Record themselves talking and listen to it later

 

Kinesthetic Learner

Kinesthetic learners absorb information by physically doing something, such as by incorporating hands-on experiences.  

 

Tips/ activities:
  • Felt letter boards
  • Matching sensory bin
  • Travel! Visit places where your target language is spoken so that your child is naturally immersed in a learning environment
  • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Practice vocabulary by tossing a beach ball with words written on it

 

Note: Although your child may lean towards a certain learning style, they aren’t limited to that one learning method.

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