Homeschooling to the Visual Learner
Homeschooling allows parents to teach their children outside of the sometimes rigid curriculum that comes with attending public school and frees them from an environment that often can use a one size fits all approach to teaching. Children have different learning styles that may give them strengths learning information one way over another and by homeschooling your children you can directly cater to their strengths in your curriculum.
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The visual learner tends to learn better through some of the following examples:
● Graphs or Charts
● Chalkboards and Whiteboards
Tips to help play to the strengths of the visual learner in your homeschooling curriculum:
● Facing the Facts: If they are learning a subject that centers around a lot of facts and data, seeing it visualized before them makes it easier for them to absorb and retain. If you use a diagram to explain the information in the lesson, be sure to provide copies of the diagram so that the visual learner can always refer to the information presented and not just what they took from the lesson itself.
● Highlighting Color: Start using color coding when breaking down different items and topics in your teaching. Let your children use highlighters of the same colors in their notes so that they can take down information to the same color coding scale that you use during the lesson. Visual learners tend to like using highlighters so incorporating color into the teaching method will reinforce this for them.
● Flash Forward: Flash Cards are an excellent tool for memorization that many types of learners can use to retain information or study for an exam. From an educator’s perspective, you can use them to teach information to visual learners that might be learned elsewhere for other types of learners. There is a multitude of printable flashcards available through sites like Pinterest. Breaking up individual elements of your lessons into flashcards is a smart way to not only teach the information but give your children something to take away from the lesson physically. A good science example would be putting the individual parts that make up a plant onto separate cards so that each element of the lesson is broken down visually and not just given as one single image of a plant with written identifiers on each of the parts.
● Modern Technology Video Lessons: Using video to help teach information to students in a traditional classroom or at homeschool is indeed nothing new, but thanks to technology being such a huge part of our lives these days, there are even more ways to utilize video learning. Pure Flix offers a robust homeschool curriculum that covers subjects from science to history and beyond. There are also thousands of documentaries, films, and educational series to choose from. Combined with the freedom that homeschooling gives to watch content as a family and whenever you want to, you will be able to cater to your visual learners comfortably and easily. Pure Flix is available on a variety of devices so you can make smarter screen time choices for your kids on phones and tablets as well, instead of merely taking away the devices.
These are just a few ways to enhance the curriculum at home for your visual learners. How do you find that your visual learners learn the best? Are there any tips you have found that work for your kids? Share them in the comments below!