Written words, pictures, charts and graphs, maps, and diagrams; these are a few of the visual learner’s favorite things. Information is absorbed by the eye, channeled down the optic nerve and processed into the brain’s vision center before travelling out to all the other important thinking spots between their ears. Pictures can be worth a thousand words and one word can paint a really detailed mental picture.
While visual learners can get a lot out of reading about far off places and things they have never heard of before, they should never limit themselves to simply learning from books. This week, explore visual learning with a few fun activities.
1) Find yourself a partner or two. Each of you should write a description of a silly monster. Make sure to use lots of adjectives and interesting nouns! Then trade descriptions with someone else in your group. Each of you should draw a picture of the monster that someone described with words. Once everyone had drawn all of the monsters, compare your pictures. See if you can match the pictures to the written descriptions.
2) Make a treasure map! Draw your living room as a map. Make sure to mark the hidden treasure with an X. Give your map to someone else so they can find the prize.
3) Make a pie chart to show your day. You can shape it like a clock. Draw a line from the center out to the time you wake up. Do you eat breakfast first? Draw a line from the center to the time you would finish breakfast. The line from waking up to ending breakfast will form a wedge. That wedge can be labeled “breakfast” or “waking up” or “morning things” depending on how you see that time. Each thing on your schedule will begin when the last one ends, so each thing you do will have its own wedge. Draw all of your lines and then label your wedges. You can color them in and decorate your page. Make sure to add special decorations to your favorite wedges!
4) Most towns and cities have special places. If you have a local visitor’s center, look through the information and find someplace that you've never been before. Read all about it! When you’re done, plan a trip to see the special spot. If you plan to do this often, make a scrap book of your travels that includes the brochures you first studied, and pictures from your visit. You can even write up a nice description of your day so other people will know how much fun you had!
5) As in the picture, choose one word and draw a picture that represents that word to the best of your ability. You may be surprised at how detailed your picture can become from just those few syllables.
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!