Our 6-year-old has her first spelling test ever this week so I’m trying to figure out her learning style. Is she auditory? Is she visual? Does she need to write things over and over to remember them?
All of her learning up until this point has been very organic. We read with her. Talk about numbers. Do math problems together but she’s never really had a “test.”
The two older kids needed very little quizzing or studying time in the younger grades. Even now they look over it on their own and we might walk through math problems or vocabulary and they’re good. But I don’t know if the youngest is that way or not. (Walsh’s new school is really emphasizing note cards for studying now. Look over them each day and then you’re ready for the test without much prep the night before.)
I started with a pre-test on Sunday to see how much we needed to work on them. There was about four out of 15 that she didn’t know immediately and two of those were the challenge words. So we started reviewing the ones she didn’t know on Monday. On her own she decided to write them and then later when I asked her to spell them she added one new one to her repertoire. She was still working on “September.”
It’s interesting to try to figure out how each child learns best and what support they need to succeed.
How did you figure out your child’s learning style or did you? Do you know what techniques they use to learn best? How did you figure it out? Did they tell you or was it through trial and error or observation?