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How do you support a child with different language styles?

In Topics: School and Academics
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Candace_Lindemann
Jun 21, 2009
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Hello,  
 
Every child is unique and learns differently--each student progresses at his or her own pace.  Whether you are a parent, teacher, or other involved adult, it is great that you recognize this!  
 
Are you interested specifically in language?  Or are you asking about supporting different learning styles?  
 
One great way to address different learning styles is to consider Gardner's Multiple Intelligences:  
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Gardner-theory-multiple-intelligences/  
 
Once you have established a child's strengths, you can differentiate learning through authentic projects.   http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Multiple_Intelligences/  
 
For example, a child with strong Musical intelligence might better understand historical periods by exploring the music of that era or culture. That child might also memorize facts more quickly if they are set to music. Mathematics and physics can be approached through the practical application of tempo and acoustics.  For a language arts assessment, have the student create a soundtrack to explore concepts from the work of literature. And make learning second languages easier through listening to music in the target language.  
 
Whatever a child's strength, the concept of multiple intelligences may help you approach the topic in a meaningful way.  
 
--- Candace Lindemann, Ed.M. - JustAsk Expert
Educational Consultant http://CandaceLindemann.com
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LDSolutions
LDSolutions , Child Professional writes:
All children benefit from being taught with a multisensory technique!  

Multisensory teaching means the teachers must tap into all learning modalities - see it (visual), feel it (tactile), hear it (auditory) and move with it (kinesthetic).  Most teachers rely heavily on teaching the curriculum using the auditory and visual learning approaches.  The teacher will talk and the child will read the information or look at diagrams and pictures or what the teacher has put up on the board or the overhead projector.  Although this will benefit students that learn well using their visual and auditory pathways, it will not benefit a child who has dyslexia, auditory or visual processing disorders.  It will also not benefit a child with ADHD who has difficulties focusing and concentrating.  These children will also need to involve the use of touch and movement.  This could include using manipulatives, sand trays, modeling clay, jumping rope, beanbag tossing, basketball, rhythmic recall, etc.

The following Techniques stimulate:

Visual Learners:

• Pictures on paper or posters
• PowerPoint presentations
• Computer screens
• Use of highlighters on text for organizing information or stimulating imagery
• Graphic organizers
• Outlines

Auditory Learners:

• Computerized text readers
• Books on tape
• Pod casts
• Videos or films
• Music, song, rhymes, chants

Tactile Learners:

• Use of manipulatives and small objects
• Modeling clay and other sculpting materials
• Sand trays, textured objects, puzzles

Kinesthetic Learners:

• Jumping rope, clapping, stomping while chanting or counting concepts
• Dancing beanbag tossing, basketball while involving concepts
• Competitive games in a group such as flashcard races, or quizzes.

If you can find out which of these learning styles fits your child then you can focus on the "language style" with the multi modality method.
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