Thursday, March 1, 2012

Exposing Elementary School Children to the 12 Ways of Learning

Many elementary teachers are aware of the classic four ways of learning: visual, auditory, tactile andkinesthetic.  But did you know that young learners need to be exposed to eight more ways of processing information too?   Going multisensory is amust these days and offering instruction that teaches all 12 ways of processing, as outlined in the Eclectic Learning Profile, can help to prepare our little ones for a future of life long learning success. 

The other eight ways of learning include:
1)   Sequential Learning: teaching children how to sequence information in alphabetical or
numerical order. This will prepare them for outlines, timelines, and keeping materials organized.
2)   Simultaneous Learning: teaching children how to categorize materials or clump them by likeness. This will prepare them for webbing information, conceptualizing main ideas and details, and understanding flow charts and diagrams.
3)   Verbal Learning: teaching children how to process ideas aloud.
This will help them to participate
in class discussions and feel comfortable processing ideas aloud.
4)Interactive Learning: teaching children how to work with others. This will train them to collaborate and work in groups.
5)   Logical/Reflective Learning: teaching children how to reflect upon or think about what they are learning. This will prepare them to work
independently and process ideas internally.
6)   Indirect Experience Learning: teaching children how to watch and learn from a
demonstration. This will help them attend to and glean information from vicarious learning experiences.
7)   Direct Experience Learning: teaching children how to use their own environment to
learn. This will inform them that continuing education is ever present in our everyday environment and that there are fabulous learning experiences available through
museums, aquariums, historic sites and other businesses.
8)   Rhythmic Melodic Learning: teaching children how to use melodies and rhythm to
learn.  This will give them the tools to utilize beats and songs or come up with their own creative rhythms or melodies when trying to memorize novel information.

Making Learning Fabulously FunDr. Erica Warren is the
author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good
Sensory Learning, and she is the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining,
NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to and 

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