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No single learning style — auditory, visual, or kinesthetic — is universally best. Each is a unique way of processing information. Most children have one primary learning style, but they also possess a mix of the other two that allows them to process information in multiple ways.

Auditory Learners

Children who sing or talk to themselves are often auditory learners, learning best by listening. They possess the ability to catch subtle nuances in words, tone, inflection, and overall meaning. They love participating in discussions; hence, discussion groups create optimal learning opportunities for them. However, they are easily distracted by extraneous noises, conversations, and music.

Allow an auditory learner to talk through situations to reach solutions. Be sensitive to their need for verbal interaction and verbal repetition.

Visual Learners

Children who learn visually think in images or pictures. Their minds are like video cameras that are always recording. To recall an event, visual learners "play back" images recorded earlier. They love to read, look at pictures, and watch others, as well as write, draw, and organize things.

Visual learners usually do well in the classroom and should be given the opportunity to draw or write down the points you're teaching them.

Kinesthetic Learners

If a child is kinesthetically oriented, they will learn best through touch and bodily interaction. Their memory is strongly linked to these experiences. Kinesthetic children often excel in activities such as building, sports, drama, or dance, but they may have difficulty in the traditional classroom because most traditional material is designed for auditory and visual learners.

Teachers don't always appreciate a child moving around and touching things. However, if you incorporate activities into your lessons that allow kinesthetic learners to explore, play, perform, and create, they will be highly successful.

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