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Top 10 Tips for Teaching Visual Learners


Here some tips for both parents and teachers to help get the most from your visual learner.

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Talk Less, Show More

Too many words can overwhelm visual kids. Simplify verbal instructions. Make lists, be brief and use pictures when possible.

Get Into the Arts

The arts are a perfect match for the way visual-spatial kids think. Encourage regular participation in art, dance, music or theater classes.

Make Study Visual

Help your visual student learn to study. Encourage them to make notes visual, adding color to enhance key points. Colored flashcards also help with memorization for a visual student.

Focus on Handwriting

Writing while learning helps visual kids retain information. Practice handwriting and learn to draw as a way to develop these fine motor skills.

Read, Read, Read

Because visual learners struggle when presented with too many words, it’s important to find creative ways to help your child enjoy reading. Reading aloud, listening to audio books and taking turns reading with your child are all great ways to make reading more fun.

Create an Environment that Fosters Creativity

Innovation comes naturally to visual kids. Art and craft materials, Legos, puzzles, props and creative play will help develop their innovative abilities.

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Make Math Visual and Tactile

Visual learners are conceptual and less detail-oriented. To engage them in math concepts, use manipulatives, play board games, teach concepts and add images wherever possible.

Map Out Writing

Visual kids struggle putting their multidimensional, visual thoughts into words. Use sticky notes or graphic organizers to help them arrange their ideas before writing essays or papers.

Engage All of the Senses

Learning through immersion is essential for visual children. Learning should include seeing, touching and doing activity, such as making maps, building dioramas, and participating in role play.

Help Build Organizational Skills

Order does not come naturally, so visual kids need help learning to organize. Homework assignments need to be written, use visual calendars and organize tasks by color.

Get More Ideas

There's lots more you can do! For more tips on teaching visual learners and fostering creativity in your child, get Bette Fetter's book, Being Visual.