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Quiz: What's your child's learning style?

Just like kids all have different personalities, preferences and dislikes, they can have different learning styles as well.  According to Scholastic, these fall into three different categories:  listening, looking, or doing.  (aural, visual or kinesthetic)

Once you pinpoint your child's learning style it will help reveal how their brain works best.  Then you, and their teachers, can play to their strengths.

Take this quick quiz and note down your answers to each question to find out.

1. You let your child pick a toy in the $2 shop.  Which is he/she most likely to choose?

a) Paint-by-numbers set

b) Play microphone

c) Hula hoop or football

2. If your child could only pick one after-school activity, which would they choose?

a) Art lessons

b) Music lessons

c) Sports or drama lessons

3. You're out to dinner and there's a 10 minute wait.  How does your child occupy him/herself?

a) Doodling

b) Talking your ear off

c) Digging in your purse while bouncing around

4. When your child picks the family activity, which is he/she most likely to choose?

a) A movie

b) A concert

c) Mini golf or bike riding

5. When your child reads a book to themselves, he/she:

a) Sits quietly, immersed in its contents

b) Mouths the words aloud or asks you to read it to him

c) Fidgets frequently

6. Which of these iPad activities is your child most drawn to?

a) Looking at photos or watching You Tube

b) Listening to music

c) Playing Angry Birds or another online game

The results!

Mostly A's: Learns by looking

Your child responds best when new material is in lists, charts, graphs and diagrams.  A little colour goes a long way: perhaps write spelling words or state capitals in different colours so they're easier to memorize.  Abstract math homework goes faster when you give your visual child objects to help him/ her think through the problem. (If I had 12 M&M's and mum ate 7, how many are left?)

Mostly B's: Learns by listening

If your child is one of the 10 percent of kids who are auditory learners, she does well with verbal instructions and shines in discussions.  He or she will learn faster if she has a voice recorder: saying things aloud can help her retain info, and re-playing the recording boosts comprehension even more.  If you turn a book's dialogue into a puppet show, they'll remember the story.

Mostly C's: Learns by doing

Like the majority of children, your child absorbs new information best when he or she is physically engaged on some level.  Many kinesthetic learners have trouble sitting still for long stretches.  So turn homework into a sporting event: Let her shoot a foam basketball into a laundry basket every time she answers a question correctly or give him a squishy ball to squeeze and manipulate.


This quiz was originally published on Scholastic.com.

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