Let me start with a quick story that shows how technology had a positive influence on my children’s learning. It was Friday night, and the four of us were huddled around a wooden chess board. It was meant to be a fun games night, but instead it turned into a few rounds of exhausting arguing. My hubby is an avid chess player and we thought it would be great to play with our boys.
Except hubby was firing off orders and chess moves, one little boy was in a bewildered meltdown and the other was moving pieces around the board randomly trying to work it all out. We gave up. The next day I woke up to a very different scene though. One son was on his laptop, researching chess moves online. The other was sitting with his tablet and his new chess app, trying out moves and practising to play. Round two that night and chess was a success – everyone had a go and everyone had fun. It got me thinking about the ways that kids learn through using technology these days. In my eight years of parenting there is one thing I know with absolute confidence: all children are different and all children learn differently.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by HP’s new Stream family. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
Here are six different types of learning styles and why knowing the difference matters:
Some children can be very good listeners. They thrive on clear instructions, explanations and the good old-fashioned method of being told what to do. To foster a good listener try to encourage whole body listening, with still hands and feet, focused eyes, open ears and a mind ready to ask questions. So many apps are available for listeners to encourage listening and learning. Try out Touch the Sound app as a good place to start.
Readers can start very early and not just with the ability to read printed words. They enjoy taking instruction. They learn through pictures and gain understanding and curiosity through these pictures. Readers feel very independent in their learning, but still need your instruction and guidance to stay on track. How about investing in a low cost tablet such as the HP Stream 8, and download a good reading app to help your reader learn.