For those students who learn well by hearing directions, most of their understanding comes from in-class lectures on material and discussion groups. A lot of auditory learners benefit from work spaces that allow them to talk their way through material that is presented in other forms. Auditory learners tend to read out loud. They figure out problems by talking their way through the situation to a solution. They are also very good at picking up tone and understanding how a speaker feels about the topic they are discussing. I have even known auditory learners who find quiet environments so distracting that they wear headphones while reading through material in order to let it sink in. In other words, auditory learners LOVE sound!
This week, why not try learning something just through your ears? Here are a few ideas for you to try:
1) Borrow an audio book from the library. Try to make it one that is a little above your reading level. After listening to the story, see if you can remember the plot better than if you had curled up with the book.
2) Learn a few phrases in a foreign language from an audio course. There are many to choose from, and libraries often have these on hand as well. If it works out well for you, this might be a great new extra curricular subject to add to your day.
3) Find an educational program on TV that interests you. Now, put a blanket over the TV so you can’t see the picture. You’ll be “watching” the program through your ears instead of your eyes. How was the experience the same? How was it different?
4) Do you have a project that you are working on? Plan it out ONLY by talking through it. Don’t write your directions down. Don’t draw pictures. Don’t pick up the pieces first. Just talk yourself through each step in the process. When you are done, see if you can complete your project without running into problems caused by forgetting steps or getting them out of order. Feel free to talk through each step as you work.
5) There are studies showing that listening to classical music while doing math can improve a person’s ability to understand math concepts. For the next week, put classical music on during math time. Look over your scores at the end of the week. Do they seem better? Did the music help you learn the necessary skills easier?
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!