If you read my previous blog on discovering your child’s learning style, you must be reading this because you have a Visual Learner in your house, right? Of all the learning styles, the visual learner is the one who usually can create something to do on their own. But lets give them a little push in the right direction.
- Writing – Make up several small blank books (5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ paper folded in half), add a cover of colored paper and staple together like a mini book. Tell your child to write a story and draw pictures, or write a journal of things they did each day and illustrate it. Make sure they proof read the book so they can share it with someone else. Watch the movie about Beatrix Potter (Miss Potter), the artist and writer of children’s books. She loved to draw and write cute animal stories.
- Reading – Again, read books with pictures. If children are reading chapter books, encourage them to illustrate their favorite part. Things come alive when they see it! If there’s a new vocabulary word, look up the definition and draw a picture of the meaning of the word. A good book for vocabulary is Vocabulary Cartoons: Building an Educated Vocabulary with Visual Mnemonics by Sam Burchers.
- Math – Turn word problems into pictures or charts. Read the I Hate Mathematics Book by Marilyn Burns and do the projects. Find books at the library that teach math with art projects. There are lots of books available to inspire the visual learner. Another good book for understanding word problems is Read It! Draw It! Solve It! by Elizabeth D. Miller. She has books in this series for grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If they are struggling with the memorization of addition/subtraction facts or multiplication/division facts, check out some of my learning systems which work well with visual learners.