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Knowing how your children learn and process information best can help when it comes to choosing the right school. All schools have similar approaches in supporting students with different learning styles; however, the emphasis of certain programs and philosophies may vary among schools.

Children with a more predominant auditory learning style process language-based information well. They enjoy talking, sharing information and contributing to discussions. When they hear information, for example on television and radio, they can repeat it with ease.

Recommended schools include:

  • Formal and informal styles of learning and classroom structure that incorporate oral learning techniques and assessments rather than only traditional methods
  • Emphasis on co-operative classroom activities, such as class or group discussions
  • Strong music, theatre arts, and speech or debate clubs and programs

Visual learners can interpret visually based information like graphs and charts with ease. They often like mazes, puzzles, patterning games and Lego. They do better when instructions are written out and they can follow along.

Recommended schools include:

  • Teaching programs adapted to visual learners within the classroom
  • Formal lectures with visual stimuli for learning, retaining and recalling information, such as movies, images, maps, charts, graphs and lists
  • Fine arts, digital arts, science or math programs that include visual aids

Kinesthetic/tactile learners process information more through interactions. They learn by doing rather than by only listening. They like to play computer, board and electronic games.

Recommended schools include:

  • Strong co-op programs and hands-on learning, with opportunities to touch, feel, experience and learn through manipulation and physical interaction with subject and curriculum rather than formal lectures
  • Strong focus on physical activities and field trips to reinforce concepts being learned in the classroom
  • Emphasis on experiential learning, where students are allowed to participate in activities with real consequences and results
—Psychologist Dr. Ester Cole, psychoeducational consultant Dr. Kathryn Ages and Tamara C. Larson, educational consultant for Concordia High School, helped develop the chart. The chart and online questionnaire are not scientific methods of determining the learning styles and recommended types of schools for children. Experts recommend that parents do more research and consult with teachers and other professionals.
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