Accommodating multiple learning styles

I find that addressing the various learning styles in my classroom is a full time job in itself.But I realize it’s important to keep in mind that my young charges don’t all learn in the same manner.They need a wealth of experiences to help make connections and cement learning.

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Thinking back to my own kindergarten experience, what I remember most are the themed units of study that allowed me to connect to the material in a more visceral fashion.

It’s getting involved in hands-on activities that I remember; the physical doing of things.

Building the Mayflower out of the big hollow blocks made an impression on me, as did making beaded Native American necklaces.

I remember making eggnog, painting spring flowers on the windows and releasing ladybugs into the garden.

(I also remember making ladybug magnets for a fundraiser and later discovering that they’d all been sold. Back to learning styles…) Think back to your own early learning experiences.

Are you remembering sitting at a desk and having specific information fed to you? You’re probably reminiscing about a project that connected to your senses or emotions; a project that used a multi-sensory approach.Or are you recalling some hands-on projects you did? Elements of a Multi-Sensory Lesson Chances are your students will also do most of their most meaningful learning when they’re engaged in a lesson that uses a multi-sensory approach.When I’m planning a unit I try to keep that in mind, checking to be certain that I’ve included things like: Setting Up Your Classroom for All Learning Styles It’s also important to remember what an impact a classroom has on students.I like to check my room for unused furniture and put it in storage.In fact, I gave up my desk a number of years ago, reasoning I had better use for the space.This is a home away from home, folks, you want it to be inviting for your students, as well as yourself.