Teaching Strategies Improve Learning

Some children learn quickly, but often a few well applied teaching strategies are needed to help children really grasp certain concepts. That is what you are going to learn here.

Techniques and tools that will improve your child's understanding of the tasks and ideas s/he needs to learn to be successful. 

Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic 

Although just sitting at a table is quite passive, if you encourage your child to visualize her reading, it will improve her comprehension. 

Creating mental images, such as seeing Tom Sawyer crouched in the graveyard when Injun Joe stabs Doc Robinson with a knife helps children follow a story line more easily and remember details. If you would to review more information, please click on visual learner.

    If you notice your child easily recites lines from a movie, song, or play, then she is demonstrating strong auditory skills, so whenever the opportunity presents, look for ways of reinforcing learning with music or  a video. 

Eyes to See

Hands to Touch 

Ears To Hear

To gain more help for this learner, click on the auditory learners' strengths link. 

Here is one of many excellent teaching strategies to remember for the kinesthetic learner.

For example, make a big umbrella shape over your head to help your child to learn the short U sound. Help them learn their letters by drawing them with their finger.I saw this teaching strategy somewhere (I'd give credit if I remembered where.)

Create some glitter Maleficent slime in your science experiments and place it in a clear,quart-size plastic food storage bag. Then, have her draw the letter with her finger. You could also make three bags of different colors and create c-v-c- words.

Remember! The greater the kinesthetic movements used in learning new material, the more quickly it will move from short-term memory to long-term memory.

Thinking Maps

Effective teaching strategies involves the use of thinking maps because sometimes ideas just pop into our minds. There are many different types of maps like the

  • double bubble map,
  • circle maps,
  • flow maps, and 
  • bridge maps 

that can help a student elaborate and create great ideas.

The use of thinking maps also will help your child organize her thoughts. Since they have some structure to them, their use will push your child to think more creatively.

These can be used when your child is brainstorming about writing topic or just trying to remember the important points of a chapter. 

Studying a chapter that has been "translated" so to speak in her own words and form will improve her ability to recall it at a later time. For more information on writing techniques, go to my writing curriculum pages. 

The Magic Seven 

Another of the important teaching strategies that should guide all of your child's studies is to only focus on between five and nine items at a time.

Brain research has shown that seven items (the Magic 7) is an optimum number of items to study at one time.

For example, even though your child may have a spelling list of 20 or 25 words, divide the list into three units of about seven words. 

Multiple Intelligences

And yet another of the teaching strategies that can be used effectively with your child comes from the research done by Howard Gardner. He researched the different areas of the brain and found that some learners have specific strengths in one area over another.

I've written more about that with special tips to help you work with your child to improve all areas of multiple intelligences. 

Repetition Has Been Dissed Unjustly

Parents, keep in Mind! --Moving information from short-term to long-term memory requires

  • time 
  • energy 
  • understanding and
  • repetition

If it's worth studying ,then it's worth learning and remembering. 

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