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All children learn differently: some are visual learners, some are audio learners and some are kinesthetic learners. Visual learners learn by watching and observing.

A Montessori teacher (which includes you, the parent) will demonstrate a new activity for your child step by step, explaining it carefully, and will then let the child do it. For the visual learner, watching the process being demonstrated is the most important step. If you are introducing a new activity to your visually-oriented child, make sure that you demonstrate each step very clearly and make sure that your child has a good view of what you are doing (get down to the child’s level and work on the floor if you need to).

Visual learners will learn best if they can picture the concepts being learned. Using manipulative for mathematics (counters, etc.) helps your visual learner see that two plus two equals four. Further on in school, your visual learner should be encouraged to learn concepts by making diagrams, using color coding and the like. Visual learners pick up a lot of facts by watching, so make the most of educational DVDs and documentaries, as well as good books.

Posters are another great learning tool for visually oriented children. As your child is likely to visit the toilet quite a lot during the day (and night!), put posters on the toilet door for them to look at. At first, these posters will be alphabets and colors, but you’ll eventually go on to times tables, world maps, and the periodic table and anatomy diagrams. Adults end up learning things this way, too.

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