Learning Skills

Know How A PARENT can win his daily target for Achieving best for his children? In Today competitive world, every parent has pulled up his socks to achieve best possible development of his child. We are ready to shoot our child with everything and anything that is available on this earth for his development. We are daily bombarded with the advertisements of various educational products and themes around. All claim to be the best around. Some say they will make your child genius, some say they can make him Guinness book of world record holder and blah blah blah. Some talk about holistic development – cognitive skills, communication skills and what not. The parent puts his best to get those products for his kids, but unfortunate is without out the knowledge of criteria of selection of suitable one for your kid. I appreciate your concern for development of your child. I would like that every penny you spend for him goes for the best of his development. I want to take you through a series of articles that will help you understand your child, your own learning style and points to be bore in mind while making any selection for your child. Be it a Play school, School, toy or enrolling into any activity or encouraging the well developed skills of your child or enhancing the weak skills of your child. It is commonly seen that around the age of schooling parents start getting aware about the strengths and weakness of their child. A very chirpy child might be seen struggling with his writing, reading, letter recognition etc. Alongside he struggles badly with the Self Esteem due to the common name callings “ Dumb”, “ stubborn”, “Crazy” etc. This is the time when parents fear their childs inadequacy surfacing. They have nightmares. They had always thought of their little one being the best and a winner always. But the struggle he is facing makes them feel guilty. So this article is for every parent or teacher or caregiver to figure out how they can help their child the best. Every individual be it child or adult, Male or female has its unique way of absorbing or feeling the nature around. Say for instance, what is the first thing that you observe or feel when you step out of the door in an early morning?
  • Do you first notice the blooming violets around and the colorful environment around you.
  • Do you sense the warmth of the sun or the feel the breeze around you?
  • Or Do you see the sweepers cleaning around the corner and the busy vehicles around?
It’s more than coincidence that you find yourself drawn above all else to the sights, the sensations or the sounds around you. Throughout our lives we use all our senses but tend to consistently favor one sense over the other. This natural preference dictates how we learn best – by LOOKING, by LISTENING or by MOVING. As well as what we learn and how quickly we are able to learn. Quite often, these preferences also helps shape our attitudes towards the whole educational process. Each one of us is programmed for achievement from the very time of our birth. Throughout our lives we learn by absorbing and using different bits of information from the world around us. Researchers have used terms like “VISUAL”, “AUDITORY” or “KINESTHETIC” learners depending upon their ways of observation through eyes, ears or sense of touch. But I am comfortable to use simpler terms like “ LOOKERS”, “LISTENERS” or “MOVERS” for its ease of use. I would like to convey that there is no right or wrong way of learning. And there is no way to select your way of learning. Stronger learning skills warrant well developed and happier children. Let see how these learning styles are. LOOKERS  are visual learners who rely on the sense of sight when absorbing information. They are naturally drawn to sights of familiar objects and quickly pick up on and remember visual clues such as motion, color, shapes and size. They mostly have excellent hand eye co-ordination. They excel in most of the fine motor skills. LISTENERS are auditory learners, with preference for sounds and words over information taken in by either sight or touch. Since stimulation to the ears translates into spoken language, listeners tend to be early talkers and possess very elaborate vocabulary. MOVERS are tactile (Kinesthetic) Learners, preferring hands on learning through both touch and movement. The information that movers take in through the sense of touch translates into gross motor movement – large muscle activities involving the arms, hands, legs and feet. As the topic is vast for discussion, I have decided to break it into parts to withheld the interest and be able to clearly convey the knowledge. In further articles I would help you get familiarize with the LOOKERS, LISTENERS and the MOVERS around you. A quick check to know your learning style and how it can influence your child. Will make articles age group specific as to have ease in understanding and applying this knowledge practically and be benefited with it. I will continue with articles related to various child development aspects. Stay tuned in this is just the being of the easy Learning of our little champs.

Building Reading Skills in a Teenager. (13 + Years of age)

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Techniques for Improving Academic Performance in Teenagers (13 + Years of age)

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How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability in PRIMARY SCHOOLER. (6 to10 Years of age) – LOOKER SKILLS

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability in PRIMARY SCHOOLER. (6 to10 Years of age) – LOOKER SKILLS Looker skills enable a child to observe his surroundings, remember what he sees, visualize concepts and coordinate his eyes with his hands. Therefore, we may find primary grader with below average Looker skills to have difficulty with reading and writing, addition and subtraction, story problems and artwork all of which require skills that he does not naturally posses. Whatever be his current ability level, a primary graders Looker skills can be enhanced or improved through the use of specially chosen playthings and activities. Children who are lookers by nature will welcome their parent’s efforts to provide more of the visual experiences they adore. Listeners and Movers may need a bit more c...

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability in PRIMARY SCHOOLER. (6 to 10 Years of age) – MOVER SKILLS

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability in PRIMARY SCHOOLER. (6 to 10 Years of age) – MOVER SKILLS Your child may not use his Mover skills when he reads, writes or memorizes math facts but that does not mean that Mover skills should be ignored. A child who possesses a Mover’s speed and co-ordination also possesses a sense of self-confidence that will stand him in good stead in all his endeavors. It pays, then to develop your child’s gross motor skills, regardless of his natural learning preference. Children who are Movers by nature can never get enough tactile stimulation, and so will delight in any gross motor activity you plan. Listeners and Lookers, who are less certain of their own agility and are less happy with full-body play, the movers will be happier with activities that use their...

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability in PRIMARY SCHOOLER (6 – 10 years)– LISTENER SKILLS

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability in PRIMARY SCHOOLER (6 – 10 years)– LISTENER SKILLS Now your primary schooler needs to assume more responsibility for his behavior, possessions, his movements and completion of task, which he earlier rested upon his teachers. The ability to converse, express oneself and socialize is invaluable to students of any age but particularly important during the primary Classes. As this is the time, when child’s confidence and attitude are getting shaped towards schooling. Listener skills are also needed for reading, music and certain aspects of math. Whether your primary schooler is a Looker, Listener or a Mover, he stands to benefit from development of auditory and language skills. A Listener child seldom needs reminders to do his homework. Academic work co...

TODDLER’S MOVER SKILLS

Develop your Toddler’s Learning Ability (13 months to 3 years) – MOVER SKILLS Well-developed Mover skills give even small children the confidence they need to get the most enjoyment from group situations. The coordinated toddler usually emerges as the first, the quickest and the best at physical activities, becoming a magnet of sorts for her playmates. As such, all toddlers regardless of learning style can profit from large muscle activities. This is simple enough with Mover toddlers, who will be thrilled with any sort of body contact and gross motor play you suggest. Listeners and Lookers though will probably need some encouragement in form of either conversation or visual stimulation, as the case may be. Perhaps you’ll be able to use some of these suggestions. Enhancing a Toddler’s exist...

TODDLER’S LOOKER SKILLS

Develop your Toddler’s Learning Ability.(13 months to 3 years) – LOOKER SKILLS A toddler needs no formal instruction to learn about her world. Whether she spends the say with a parent or a caregiver, she’ll absorb plenty of important information through play and sensory experience. But when the adult in charge makes a toddler’s learning style a factor in the selection of her toys, her activities, and her activities, and her outings, the child will be gently guided towards well-rounded development, and will acquire skills that are sure to prove invaluable during her academic years and beyond. Building Looker Skills (Take the Learning skills Quick Check for knowing your Toddlers Learning Style preference) The Looker skills acquired during the early years help a child to recognize, recall, an...

TODDLER’S LISTERNER SKILLS

Develop your Toddler’s Learning Ability.(13 months to 3 years) – LISTENER SKILLS A toddler calls upon her Listener skills when she speaks, when she plays, when she interacts with others and when she learns from the sounds around her. Listener, Looker and Mover toddlers can all profit from activities that call upon the sense of hearing. Listeners benefit because these experiences affirm an inborn strength; Lookers and Movers, because their ability to communicate and socialize improves along with their growing auditory skills. Just as with Looker skills, the toddler who already possesses this learning style will need no prodding to play with games and toys that stimulate her preferred sense. Lookers and Movers may need some convincing though, and this is best accomplished by incorporating si...

INFANTS LISTENER SKILLS

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability during infancy. (Birth to 12 months) – LISTENER SKILLS Listener Skills go hand in hand with a child’s growing sociability, speech and vocabulary, ability to follow directions, and interest in reading. It stands to reason that a baby whose LISTNER skills are encouraged will go on to have an easier time making friends and tackling school work than will a child whose LISTENER skills are weak. All three types of learners, then, will benefit from their parents’ attention to this area of development. The baby whose LISTENER skills are inborn will enjoy and profit from any opportunity for communication or self-expression. LOOKERS and MOVERS, who delight in moving their hands and their whole bodies, will most readily accept those LISTENER activities that com...

INFANTS LOOKER SKILLS

How to Develop Child’s Learning Ability during infancy. (Birth to 12 months) – LOOKER SKILLS Adult interaction plays a major role in coloring a baby’s sensory experiences. By being aware of your child’s learning style, by examining your own actions towards him, and by offering him playthings selected with his sensory preferences in mind, you can “spoon-feed” your baby the kinds of stimulation he adores and bolster his weaker areas, as well. Whether you’re bathing, changing, feeding, playing with, relaxing with, or just working alongside your infant, both the way in which you approach him and the toys you choose can work wonders. A child with a strong Looker skills often goes on to excel at spelling and writing, while a good listener will have an easy time building his vocabulary and learni...

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