Experts have identified three types of learners; the auditory learner, the visual learner, and the physical learner. An auditory learner comprehends by listening, a physical learner comprehends by doing, and a visual learner comprehends by observing.
It’s pretty easy to spot a child who is a visual learner. He is the one who flips through a book or looking at the pictures, or would rather play with a puzzle than read from a book. To tell if your child is a visual learner, notice how he observes. Does he watch your lips move when speak to him? Does he pay very close attention to you when you are showing him how to do something? If so, observation may be his best tool to use when learning.
Accommodating your child’s learning style is important to his academic success. First, determine what your child likes. If he likes to play games, make sure that you purchase games that are educational. Card games are good for visual learners as they are counting, seeing numbers, and using memory. You should also make sure that he has a lot of books with pictures. He will eventually read the text that goes with the pictures, but for now, he will use the pictures to relate to the story when you read it to him.
If your child is just learning the alphabet, use puzzles with letter shapes. For maths skills, use graphs and physical objects to demonstrate the process of addition and subtraction.