Homeschool Learning Styles:
What Parents Need To Know

Learning can be a fun experience for your child if you understand that they have their own learning style that helps them understand and retain information. There are 8 main learning styles, which are:

  1. Visual Learners
  2. Auditory Learners
  3. Kinesthetic Learners
  4. Reading/Writing Learners
  5. Logical Learners
  6. Social Learners
  7. Solitary Learners
  8. Nature Learners

Most students have more than one learning style, however they usually have a dominant one. Let’s look at each style and see how to use this information to better prepare your homeschool lessons and instruction.

Visual Learners

A visual learner does best when taking in the information visually, with things like diagrams, graphs, charts, maps, or drawings.

If your child is a visual learner, try to show them the relationship between different ideas in a visual way. For example, if you’re teaching your child a history lesson about the Civil War, let them examine a map of where the battles took place.

You can then draw a timeline and place the notable events on that timeline for them to see.

Auditory Learners

These students learn best when the information is listened to or spoken. When they say things out loud, they have a better chance of understanding.

An auditory learner should have lessons centered around talking, like lectures and group discussions. Having them repeat back the main points of a lesson or idea, listen to recordings of a lesson, or group activities where they have to explain the ideas out loud is very beneficial.

Kinesthetic Learners

When you hear the word ‘kinesthetic’, think ‘hands-on’ – these students learn by doing. To help kinesthetic learners understand and retain information, create an environment where they can use their hands and recreate experiments.

For example, if you’re teaching your child basic addition (3+4=7), grab some buttons or colored tokens from a Connect Four game. Have them count out 3 buttons and place them together; then count out four more and place them together. Now have them place each button in their hand to tell you how much 3+4 is.

This hands-on approach helps cement this concept of addition in their heads. And because you gave them the opportunity to “feel” what 3+4 equals, they are better able to retain it.

Reading/Writing Learners

These types of learners like to take in information in the form of words. It could be reading the information or writing it.

These learners thrive when asked to describe what they’re seeing or learning with written statements. They do well with written assignments and like to read about the information before discussing it.

Logical Learners

Logical learners tap into their analytical skills and logic to understand topics. They are always looking to make connections, figure out the cause of something, and look for patterns.

If you have a logical learner at home, try posing questions that require them to interpret information and tap into their problem-solving skills. This will allow them to reach a conclusion based on the facts you’ve provided plus their own reasoning.

Social Learners

As the name implies, social learners love to be social and have participation within a peer group. The way to teach a social learner is through things like role-playing, group activities and group interaction like asking questions and sharing stories.

Instead of just having them read a book, let them create a short play, picking their favorite scene in the book, and act it out in a role-play. Then watch them really shine.

Solitary Learners

The opposite of social learners, “solo learners” generally like to study alone without any interactions with others. They love individual work and can benefit from activities like keeping a journal, and problem-solving.

Make sure that you recognize their individual accomplishments when they show you what they’ve done because they aren’t receiving that recognition from a group.

Nature Learners

These learners do best when in contact with nature. They are very tactile and love to be outside while learning.

While learning outside is ideal, it doesn’t mean you need to move your homeschool classroom to the backyard. You approach these learners by giving them hands-on activities (like the kinesthetic learners), use examples from nature when explaining a concept, and have class outdoors when appropriate.

Let’s Recap

As a parent, you know your children better than anyone. Now that you understand the different types of learning styles, think about which learning style is their dominant one. Then use the information in this article to structure your lessons to help them better understand the subjects you’re teaching.