I still get those emails every now and then that I got before my second child was even born. You know the ones…”Your Child: Month 30″. I usually delete them before looking at them. Oh, they were interesting when I was pregnant and then when I was dealing with an infant again, but I’m too busy wiping spaghetti off the walls and cleaning playdough out of the carpet to sit down and enjoy them most of the time.
A couple of months ago, though, one caught my eye. It was on Learning Styles. I’m quite critical of things like this – you take a survey (and everyone fits into choice A, B, or C???) and it “calculates” your result, in this case, your child’s learning style. But, I had a moment (thanks to an early bedtime) and decided to check it out.
This questionaire attempts to show you your child’s strongest learning style area. It might be a combination of two or quite equal across the board. And, I think that the results would change as a child gets older and aquires new skills. I’m not even sure if the three styles they mention are adequate to evaluate a child; should there be more? What would they be?
Putting my criticisms aside, I took the test for both of my children. And, I was somewhat satisfied.
The survey supposedly measures your child’s strength in auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning. And, it recognizes that it isn’t an “all or nothing” type of result for most children. My oldest was predominately a visual learner, although he was strong in kinesthetic learning as well. And my younger son was very strong in the verbal/auditory learning style and not so much in the others. However, I think his will definitely change as he learns different skills, like writing and drawing.
The survey does excel in one area – it makes you think about how your child learns and thrives, and it gives you tips for working towards your child’s most dominant way to learn.
So, I urge you to take the survey yourself and see what the result is. What is your reaction to your child’s results? In what ways can you see a tool like this being helpful for you as a parent?