You may notice, as we do, that children have different ways of interacting with the world – they all respond and pick up information in different ways. Some children leap right in and others like to observe, some respond more strongly to sounds or pictures. Researchers have found that there are three distinct learning styles or ways that children observe their environment and gain new information. These styles are, Auditory (learn best through hearing), Visual (learn best by seeing) and Kinesthetic/Tactile (learn best through touch and movement). Children and adults for that matter may have a dominant style, but will fluctuate between styles. Noticing how your child tends to learn best and supporting that style can help them reinforce mastery of a skill they are developing. The goal is not to label or pigeon hole their learning style but to identify tendencies and reinforce their learning. Remain flexible because children, much more than adults go through phases where one style is more dominant than others. They are learning sponges!! With this in mind, we are focusing this edition of our newsletter on providing some insight into how children learn at all stages and how to support that learning style.
At this time of year, we also want to take this opportunity to remember those who fought for our freedom. Lest we forget.
And finally, we also want to take this opportunity to wish all our Providers and families a safe and happy holiday season!!