Most people are visual learners, which is why public and private education is geared towards visual instruction and creating a visual learning environment. If your child is a visual learner, you’ll have few problems incorporating lesson plans, curriculum, and activities into your homeschool.
Visual learners prefer instructions to be seen, not heard. They think in terms of images and pictures. Visual aids such as overhead projectors, dry-erase boards, chalkboards, DVD’s, colorful worksheets, and books with illustrations are all readily received by visual learners. If you use a textbook or literature based (Charlotte Mason) approach, choose books with clean, clear and visually pleasing fonts, colors and illustrations. Otherwise, your visual learner will be distracted by the lack of visual appeal.
There are also some simple things you can do in your actual school space to enhance concentration and improve learning. Ask your child about lighting in the room – do they prefer bright lights, or lights that are dimmed? Perhaps simply changing to a natural light bulb from a flourescent one will allow your child to be visually comfortable. Is their work space clean and orderly? Visual learners are easily distracted by clutter and messiness. Marking answers with colored pens, pencils, and markers and using colored paper for writing assignments are also easy ways to create a visually pleasing work space.
Is there a video or DVD about the topic you are wanting to teach? If so, opt for this visual instruction rather than an oral lecture. Computer games and programs are also popular with visual learners. Check out some of the links we have under LINKS/RESOURCES to get you started.
The Felt Source: Christian company offering a variety of flannel boards for bible stories, fairy tales, and more. Educational fingerplays, games, and letters/alphabet sets on flannel boards.