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What Is a Learning Style?

by Jessica Parnell | Jan 19, 2018 | 2 min read

Each child learns differently. Multiple studies mention that a child’s way to success is through a concept called a “learning style.” A learning style is defined as “a certain way one processes and retains information.” There are three categories: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (hands-on). We all share traits of each of these categories, but there is usually one we gravitate toward.

What does this mean for homeschooling your child? First, you should determine what your learning style is, as well as your child’s. Check out the descriptions below:

  • Visual learner. This type of learning style focuses on observation and sense of sight. Diagrams, charts, and lists are all ways a visual learner takes in the information presented. Their preferred method of learning is through reading. They also visualize through imagination. But don’t forget: A visual learner can have visual overload, so be aware of their body language if they look confused or fatigued.
  • Auditory learner. Do you have a chatty child? Then he or she might be an auditory learner! Talking and listening are the best ways this type of learner can process information. A great method for studying for a test is to record a lecture, then have it played back to the auditory learner. However, make sure you have a quiet place for them — it will help them concentrate better!
  • Kinesthetic (hands-on) learner. The movers and shakers! Your child may tap their foot or pencil and have trouble sitting still. Structured, hands-on activity is the best route for these doers. Incorporating movement into lessons will fuel your child’s passion for schoolwork. Because kinesthetic learners are movers, don’t schedule too much time sitting down. They want to be active — literally! — in their studies!

Now you know the definition of each learning style! But the knowledge doesn’t stop here! You must teach according to your child’s learning style. How? Have your child (and you!) take our Learning Style Assessment at

Want to know more about learning styles? Check out the Why Learning Styles Matter white paper to dig deep into what learning styles mean for you and your child.

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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