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Discovering Your Child's Learning Style
 Know & Understand Your Child's Learning Style
 Learning Styles Resources & Books

Know & Understand Your Child's Learning Style Back to Top
Know Your Students: Identify Their Personal Learning Styles
Inge P. Cannon, HSLDA
Educators have many ways of defining and describing the way people process information including learning personalities, modalities, and styles. The simplest to understand and apply involves three categories: lookers, listeners, and movers. It is helpful for a teaching parent to know his own learning style as well as the preferred learning style of each child in the family for several reasons.
Learning Styles
This web-site contains information on how Hemispheric Dominance (Left of Right Brain Dominance) influences learning styles.
Learning Styles and Hemispheric Dominance—Right or Left Brain: Which is Dominant in Your Family?
Karen M. Gibson
This is part two of a set of articles discussing learning styles and hemispheric dominance. Here Karen M. Gibson focuses on the theory of right-brain/left-brain dominance and some of the research and theories surrounding this concept. She also details some strategies for learning in response to understanding your child's natural patterns and styles of learning.
Learning Styles and Hemispheric Dominance: Is Your Learning Style at Odds with That of Your Child's?
Karen M. Gibson
This article focuses on how the differences between your own learning styles and right-brain/left-brain capabilities and that of your children can affect your home learning atmosphere. Learn to identify and understand learning styles, along with strategies to integrate your learning style with that of your children.
Learning Styles Chart
A chart with specific characteristics of the different types of learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic.
Learning To Learn In Order to Teach
Joanne Mikola
This article is a look at the Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic/Tactual styles of learning. This is a primer for parents who are seeking to understand their child's style of learning. Be sure to continue with the links at the bottom of the article that include "clues" to recognizing a person's primary learning method as well as strategies that focus on that individual style.
Left vs. Right: Which Side Are You On?
First take the Hemispheric Dominance Inventory Test to see which side of your brain is dominant. You can then use this discussion to understand how your information processing styles and thinking characteristics work together.
Let's Learn About Learning Styles
A list of different types of learning styles, including the 7 intelligences, the Gregoric model, and more.
The Seven Learning Styles
Stacy Mantle
Stacy Mantle discusses seven specific types of learning styles: linguistic, logical, spatial, musical, bodily, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.
Why Are Learning Styles Important?
Sonlight Curriculum
Article by Sonlight Curriculum explains the importance of knowing and understanding your child's learning style.

Learning Styles Resources & Books Back to Top
100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child's Learning Style
Cathy Duffy
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Published: 2005
The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style. Then you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. This is the formula for success.In 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, homeschool guru Cathy Duffy can help you accomplish these critical tasks. Cathy will give you her top choices from every subject area, approaching everything through a Christian worldview perspective. This book is a critical volume for the homeschooling community.
Choosing & Using Curriculum: For Your Special Child
Joyce Herzog
Publisher: Greenleaf Pr
Published: 1996
Cognitive Styles and Learning Strategies: Understanding Style Differences in Learning and Behaviour
R. J. Riding; Rayner; Stephen Rayner
Publisher: David Fulton Publishers, Ltd.
Published: 1998
Different Brains, Different Learners: How to Reach the Hard to Reach
Eric Jensen
Publisher: Brain Store
Published: 2000
Nearly 40% of all students have some kind of learning impairment, yet many go undetected. Finally, a practical comprehensive guide has been written that links the latest brain research with teaching strategies to reach you most frustrating, hard-to-reach learners.

This brilliant new book with color illustrations is packed with powerful tools, techniques, and strategies that can actually help students improve brain function without resorting to Ritalin or other medical interventions.

Jensen presents a succinct overview of the key factors that prevent students from achieving as well as a concise outline for identifying the symptoms and causes of prevalent impairments. Most importantly, you will learn what to do once you've identified the disorder. Arm yourself with powerful knowledge for solving difficult learning problems; and discover specific how-to strategies for turning a borderline student into a confident achiever. Get started immediately with a step-by-step action plan.

Discover Your Children's Gifts
Don Fortune; Katie Fortune
Publisher: Chosen Books
Published: 1989
Discover Your Child's Learning Style : Children Learn in Unique Ways - Here's the Key to Every Child's Learning Success
Mariaemma Willis MS; Victoria Kindle Hodson MA
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
Published: 1999
It has become widely accepted that not all children learn alike. Some grasp information best by reading, while others learn better through listening or discovering concepts in a hands-on fashion. Two longtime educators--Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle-Hodson--suggest in this guide that there are actually five aspects to a student's learning style beyond the simple modes of visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Their "learning style profile" takes into account a child's talents, interests, preferred learning environment, and disposition, as well as the three more familiar modes. Written as a workbook, with a series of do-it-yourself assessments, the guide offers parents a chance to diagnose their child's learning style in all five areas. A chart of activities accompanies each style.

The assessments are uncomplicated and almost too simplistic. And the writers convey an idealism that may not fly in some schools, suggesting that parents encourage teachers to adapt to their child's learning style, accepting, for instance, a video-taped report instead of a written one from a visual learner who conveys his talents better on screen than on paper. Understanding the assessments' results and applying them involves careful--and lengthy--reading. Still, a parent who follows the workbook from cover to cover could gain insight into why a child is struggling in school and head off the labeling of yet another "learning misfit." --Jodi Mailander Farrell

For the Learners' Sake: Brain-Based Instruction for the 21st Century
Judy Stevens; Dee Goldberg
Publisher: Zephyr Press (AZ)
Published: 2001
This proposal for a platform of education reform needed to prepare students for a 21st-century workplace and society draws on information and ideas from two current areas in neuroscience: brain research (physiology and applications to learning) and systems thinking (mental models). Analyzing the history of education methodology over the past two centuries, this book shows how the 19th-century factory model prevalent in schools today fail to produce the kinds of flexible thinkers and problem solvers needed in the 21st century. A comprehensive tour of the brain and details of the most recent neuroscience findings inform a plan to arm today's students with an education lacking in traditional classrooms. Also included are dozens of ideas for brain-compatible activities that can be adapted for use in the classroom.
In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
Thomas Armstrong
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher
Published: 2000
Does your child have a favorite subject, activity, or hobby? Children learn in multiple ways, and educator Thomas Armstrong has shown hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers how to locate those unique areas in each of our children where learning and creativity seem to flow with special vigor.

In this fully updated classic on multiple intelligences, Armstrong sheds new light on the "eight ways to bloom," or the eight kinds of "multiple intelligences." While everyone possesses all eight intelligences, Armstrong delineates how to discover your child's particular areas of strength among them.

The book shatters the conventional wisdom that brands our students as "underachievers," "unmotivated," or as suffering from "learning disabilities," "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder," or other "learning diseases." Armstrong explains how these flawed labels often overlook students who are in possession of a distinctive combination of multiple intelligences, and demonstrates how to help them acquire knowledge and skills according to their sometimes extraordinary aptitudes.

Filled with resources for the home and classroom, this new edition of In Their Own Way offers inspiration for every learning situation.
Learning Styles: Reaching Everyone God Gave You to Teach
Marlene D. Lefever
Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing Company
Published: 2002
Do you ever wonder why Jeffrey talks all of the time?
Or why Toni can't sit still? Or why Alex loves work sheets?
Or why Jordan is always trying something new?

Learning Styles answers these questions and more. Effective learning follows a natural four-step process that answers these four questions:





By answering each of these questions, we will appeal to the four learning styles: Imaginative, Analytic, Common Sense, and Dynamic. A learning style is the way in which a person sees or perceives things best and then uses that knowledge. When we understand learning styles and adjust our teaching or parenting to those styles, we begin reaching everyone God gives us to teach.

A wonderful book capable of teaching us how we learn . . . and what to do with all that knowledge once we've learned it. Practical, helpful, and an eye-opening book for all of us in the teaching trade—from mothers to professors! I heartily recommend this be a must for your bookshelf.


Learning Styles displays Marlene LeFever at her best. Few people see others in terms of their learning capability. Fewer still dedicate themselves to the study of how understanding occurs. Marlene long ago grabbed my attention and admiration with her teaching skills. Her insights deserve thoughtful reading by every teacher and meaningful discussion in every teacher training meeting. Learning should stir up pleasure and she shows us how.


. . . great teachers and preachers throughout the history of the church have realized the importance of answering the why, what, so what, and how questions.... The author has isolated and tied these elements to the teaching context so that their incorporation will be purposeful. Anyone involved in the communication process will be benefitted by Learning Styles....


Easy reading, but not simplistic. Many authors ask hard questions; Marlene dares to suggest answers.... We now have no excuse for careless teaching.

Marlene D. LeFever is Manager of Ministry Relations for David C. Cook Church Ministries, holds a master of Christian education and is a frequent speaker at Sunday School conventions, writers' conferences, and professional organizations. Editor of Teacher Touch, a quarterly letter of affirmation for Sunday School teachers, Marlene has authored over ten books, including Creative Teaching Methods (Cook), Creative Hospitality (Tyndale) and Is Your To Do List About To Do You In?

Every Christian educator can benefit from this book—teachers and administrators alike, whether new to the task or with years of experience. Based on the premise that different persons learn in a variety of ways, all legitimate, the author shows clearly how teachers may recognize students who learn in these different ways, plan and teach lessons that involve all of them through the use of a wide variety of appropriate methods, and at the same time reinforce each student's sense of achievement. The same understandings are applied to leader recruitment and development. The book sparkles with appropriate anecdotes, live cases, and practical suggestions. It will be useful both in workshops and for personal study.

D. Campbell Wyckoff
Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education, Emeritus
Princeton Theological Seminary

When the stateswoman of Christian Education puts pen to her magnum opus, the benefits are all ours: teachers, students, and administrators. What a mother lode of resources this is! Imaginative, thorough, engaging, and accessible—characteristic of Marlene's own teaching style. Lights will come on in your head, and you'll never be the same teacher, or student, again.

Jerry B. Jenkins
Author and Writer-in-Residence
Moody Bible Institute

As Gardner broadened the world of teaching by identifying multiple intelligences which learners utilize in the process of learning, so Marlene LeFever has enhanced Christian education by identifying the presence of four kinds of learners in our classrooms. Good teaching comes from remembering that it's like not to know. Marlene has made us aware of what it is like "not to know" when what is being taught is outside our learning frame. She has given us insight and tools for building learners' esteem and for realizing their learning potential. As anyone who knows Marlene would anticipate she has done such with rousing enthusiasm, captivating flair, and catalytic creativity. This book will enable the exploration of whole new frontiers of learning for those who teach in the church.

Dr. Julie Gorham
Associate Professor
Christian Formation and Discipleship
Fuller Theological Seminary

Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child
Alexandra Shires Golon; Linda Silverman
Publisher: Deleon Pub Inc
Published: 2004
Laurie Parsons; Jeffrey Freed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 1998
Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child
Smart and Smarter: Enhancing Your Child's Intelligence Through Cognitive Coaching
James E. Gardner
Publisher: Harwood Academic Pub
Published: 1999
Smart and Smarter teaches parents and educators how to enhance a child's educational achievement. Specific instruments used by Gardner are the Behavioral Assessment Rating Inventory (BARI), developed by Gardner, and the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children. Both were developed specifically for assessing a child's developmental level and intellectual level. No other book on enhancing the intelligence of children uses both of these instruments, which possess both diagnostic and prescriptive teaching qualities.
The Way They Learn
Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing
Published: 1998
The learning-styles expert gives parents a better understanding of the types of learning approaches that will help their children do better in school.
Unicorns Are Real: A Right-Brained Approach to Learning (Creative Parenting/Creative Teaching Series)
Barbara Meister Vitale
Publisher: Jalmar Press
Published: 1982
This mega-best seller provides sixty-five practical, easy-to-follow lessons to develop the much ignored right-brain tendencies of children. These simple yet dramatically effective ideas and activities have helped thousands with learning difficulties. Includes an easy to administer screening checklist to determine hemisphere dominance. Engaging instructional activities that draw on the intuitive, non-verbal abilities of the right brain, a list of skills associated with each brain hemisphere and much more. All grades
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner
Linda Kreger Silverman
Publisher: DeLeon Publishing, Inc.
Published: 2002
Do you know things without being able to explain how or why? Do you solve problems in unusual ways? Do you think in pictures rather than in words? If so, you are not alone. One-third of the population thinks in images. You may be one or you may live with one. If you teach, it is absolutely certain that some of your students—probably the ones you aren’t reaching—are visual-spatial learners. Dr. Linda Silverman coined the term "visual-spatial learner" in 1981 to describe the unique gifts of people who think in images. They get the big picture because they see the world through artists’ eyes. They remember what they see, but forget what they hear. They’re disorganized, can’t spell and have no sense of time, but they have an infectious sense of humor, wild imaginations and can lose themselves completely in the joy of the moment. A visual-spatial learner created the computer and the Internet, the vivid displays at the Olympics, and the International Space Station. Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner is the blueprint for parenting, teaching and living with these delightfully different beings. It is also a manual for discovering and honoring your own hidden gifts.

Learn practical ways to recognize, reach, and develop visual-spatial abilities!

* Imagination

* Visualization

* Intuitive Knowledge

* Invention

* Discovery

* Spirituality

* Three-dimensional Perception

* Artistic Expression

* Scientific & Technological Proficiency

* Emotional Responsiveness

* Holistic & Whole-part Thinking

* Holographic Understanding

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Our Top Picks
Discover Your Child's Learning Style : Children Learn in Unique Ways - Here's the Key to Every Child's Learning Success
Mariaemma Willis MS; Victoria Kindle Hodson MA
100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child's Learning Style
Cathy Duffy
Different Brains, Different Learners: How to Reach the Hard to Reach
Eric Jensen
Cognitive Styles and Learning Strategies: Understanding Style Differences in Learning and Behaviour
R. J. Riding; Rayner; Stephen Rayner
In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
Thomas Armstrong
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