We all know that children are unique, and that no two children learn exactly the same way. Therefore, when teaching, it is important to be aware of various learning styles in order to teach in ways that can reach all children.
While studies now indicate seven learning styles, including logical, verbal, social, and solitary, the learning styles most people are familiar with are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
While a visual learner learns by seeing things, an auditory learner needs to hear or say things to remember them, and a kinesthetic learner remembers best when he moves his body.
In her article “What’s Their Learning Style? Part 2: Kinesthetic Learners,” Jennifer Weichel writes, “We retain 10 percent of what we see, 30-40 percent of what we see and hear, and 90 percent of what we see, hear and do.” In other words, most kids can retain 90% of what they learn when we implement all three learning styles. That is incredible!
The combination of these three learning styles is what makes the ABC See, Hear, Do method so effective.
Children see both the letter on the page and the animal demonstrating how to do the action. They hear their parent say the sound and then repeat the sound themselves. Then they move their body with a specific action for each sound.
The ABC See, Hear, Do method is one of the few methods of teaching letter sounds that uses all three learning styles. It is often hard to discern a preschool child’s specific learning style. That’s why it’s best to implement as many different learning styles as possible to help ensure that your unique child will understand and retain information.
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