Product samples received from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Are you at your wits end trying to figure out ways to teach the visual learner and keep it interesting? If your child is a visual learner, they learn best by seeing rather than hearing. Here are 7 ways to teach the visual learner that will keep the learning fun.
Ways to Teach the Visual Learner
Show and Tell
With visual learners, it is incredibly important to show and tell. We use visuals learning aids and manipulatives to teach lessons. Visuals learning aids may include images such as pictures, graphics, or clip art as well as charts, outlines, story maps, and diagrams.
We’ve added the following manipulatives for our language arts and math instruction…
- Letter Tiles
- Number Tiles
- Fraction set
- Number Math Dice
- Math Symbol Dice
- Word Family Dice
- Geometry Dice
- Geometry Peg Boards
- Sight Word Flashcards
- Other Ways to Say Cards
- Base Ten Counting Blocks
- Measuring cups and spoons
We love the teaching resources from Oriental Trading and try to add to our collection whenever we can.
Make Things Bright
Think about it, visual learners like to view things to learn. Imagine how much better they can learn when things are a little brighter. If your child is struggling with a concept, consider adding color.
Write it Down
When teaching new concepts, write down key words or phrases on a dry erase board with markers. Encourage your child to write things down. Offer highlighters and colored markers to help them color code the things they write. Use colored index cards when making your own flash cards.
Use Colorful Illustrations
Colorful illustrations will help your visual learner cement ideas and concepts in their memory. The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true with the visual learner. Use pictures to tell stories to your child, then have them retell the story to you using the picture. You’ll be amazed by how much they remember just by looking at the image.
Teach Through Media
Although no one wants to sit their child in front of any media for a long period of time, it is a great way to teach a visual learner.
A great way to use media to teach your visual learner is through video clips and movies. Find clips on youtube, National Geographic, the History Channel, and more. Educational videos such as Rock N’ Learn, LeapFrog, and Magic Schoolbus are loved by children with good reason.
Learning websites and apps are another great way to teach your visual learner.
Get Them Involved
Most visual learners are also great at learning ‘by-doing.” Get your visual learner excited about a lesson by getting them involved. Hands on learning and visual learning are great tools to use together.
Let Them Teach
Some visual learners get bored incredibly easily, so let them teach the lesson. Give them the flashcards or pictures and have them teach you about the subject.
Be sure to also check out my learning style posts:
- 5 Tips on Teaching and Accommodating Different Learning Styles
- 5 Ways to Teach the Kinesthetic Learner
- 5 Ways to Teach the Auditory Learner