Children learn in their own unique way.
The three learning modalities are the sensory channels we use to obtain and process information.
• Auditory learners learn best by listening and discussing things.
• Kinesthetic learners learn best with a hands-on approach. Most children learn through all three learning modalities.
Howard Gardner, the originator of multiple intelligences, defines seven kinds of intelligence. Most children have strengths in two or three of them and need work on the rest.
One kind of intelligence is verbal/linguistic, which is speaking and reading.
Another type of intelligence is logical/mathematical, which is concepts and abstract patterns.
Another kind of intelligence is visual/special which is thinking in images, pictures, shapes, and colors.
Another kind of intelligence is musical, such as rhythm, pitch, melody and harmony.
Another type of intelligence is bodily/kinesthetic, which is touch, making, and doing.
And last but not least is intrapersonal, which is independence and self-motivation.
Learning how your child perceives the world around him/her and learns, will allow you to maximize their intellectual strengths and teach them effectively.