Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | November 23, 2009

More specific ideas for Auditory learners

The ideas for Auditory learners continue from the last post…

Take advantage of noise when possible

  • Have your child read the directions for his or her homework out loud, or read the directions out loud for your child if he or she is not yet able to read. When my children were preschoolers and did activity sheets, I would read or explain the instructions to them. They couldn’t read at that age, but I could use the sound of my voice to give them instructions, and for an auditory learner that is ideal.
  • Use rhymes and jingles to learn information. I often put information into a song for my child. This works well when your child needs to memorize information. In preschool, they taught my son to learn his phone number by teaching him to sing it to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. The music combined with the numbers was a combination that helped him remember his phone number. The Alphabet song is another great example. An auditory learner will typically love singing the A B C’s to music.  It doesn’t matter if you are not a great singer…little ones love the sound of their parent’s voices, even if they are off-key!
  • Have your child practice saying information he or she is learning out loud. You could also try having your child read information out loud. When my son is reading the weekly story they use in his class, he and I read it out loud together, taking turns with each page. He can hear the story and practice reading at the same time.
  • When there is a picture in a book, discuss it with your child out loud. Often I will point to a picture in my child’s science book and say things like, “Look at what that animal is eating,” or “See how the waves are crashing on those rocks?” When I say things like this he answers and we discuss it. This helps an auditory learner by taking a visual picture and making it verbal.
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