“I see!” Is your child a visual learner? With these tips, you can use this to your advantage when homeschooling!
• Draw it.
You do not have to be Picasso to draw pictures to help your visual learner. Stick figures, spots and hash marks help visual learners add and subtract. A simple sketch of the solar system helps your homeschooler create a mental image of the planets.
The visual learner reinforces what you teach when he illustrates your lesson. Consider having your student draw what he learned as a “homework” assignment.
• Download it.
The internet is full of pictures which illustrate your subject. Whether you are teaching weather or biology, sciences spring to life with photographs and diagrams.
Online textbooks are gaining popularity and visibility on the Internet. With them come online learning tools which cater to visual learners.
Learning software masks lessons inside games. The images on the screen register with the visual learner as a reminder of the subject matter.
• Scrapbook it.
Magazines and garage sale books are good sources of both information and pictures. Creating projects helps your visual learner put the information in order, see it fit together and remember it longer.
Have your student write about the pages she creates and the lesson you taught. Called “notebooking”, this practice doubles as an add to your portfolio.
Foam, construction or tissue paper and stickers make learning fun for your visual learner. Use maps, postcards and travel books to make geography a virtual vacation.
• Build it.
You do not have to make the baking soda and vinegar volcano, unless it is what you are studying. Building engages the visual learner to absorb such complex concepts as weight distribution (build a bridge) and osmosis (build a fish pond).
History comes to life in dioramas. Let your visual learner create scenes from your history lessons.
• Chart it.
Are you studying a process, like photosynthesis? Help your visual learner draw the steps. Need to teach the chemical change of glucose to fat? Chart the molecular change on a pocket notebook like a flip-book. Teach greater-than/less-than with a pie chart.
A dry erase board can substitute for paper when drawing charts. If your homeschooler has a hard time remembering the subject, consider having him draw it in his notebook as homework.
Charting events through history in a time line helps visual learners remember both the order and dates of events.
• Use it.
Put your concept into real life. Visual learners learn the most by seeing the subject in action. Calendars, check registers and number lines help visual learners grasp mathematics. A pool table is a great example of geometry and trigonometry. Cooking is everyday chemistry.
At the end of the lesson, your visual learner will say, “I see!”