5 Ways to Teach a Visual Learner
Visual learners learn best by seeing. It helps them get new information into long-term memory as they have more and more to look at. If you have a visual learner or are looking for ways to incorporate visual learning into a multisensory learning approach, the following five strategies will help.
1. Watch videos. Some parents are hesitant to use videos and TV in their homeschool. For the most part, I agree. But there are many good educational videos, movies, and televisions that can be used. Use the existing topics that you’re studying and search various resources to find videos (e.g., Netflix, You Tube, virtual musuem tours, etc.) that reinforce what you’re trying to teach.
2. Reduce clutter. Visual learners are attracted to visual stimulation. A cluttered work space, a cluttered room, and even cluttered content on a page can be distracting to visual learners. Keep the child’s visual area as simple as possible.
3. Pictures, pictures, pictures! Use graphs, charts, graphics, and pictures whenever possible to display information. Color and highlight the most important aspects.
4. Write it. Visual learners respond well to lists, written directions, and other visual representations of what they need to do.
5. Color code. To help visual learners be more organized, use color coding. This could include color coding content (e.g., new vocabulary - blue; main ideas - yellow; character descriptions - green; etc.) or color coding lists (e.g., school work, chores, places to go, etc.).
Visual learners are typically good at following directions and organizing. They will learn best with visual stimuli and will correspondingly be distracted by unrelated visual stimuli and movement. It can take a bit of extra effort to ensure that content has a visual representation for your child, but it is well worth it when it helps your child learn new things quickly and easily.