The Brain


This assignment addresses the following NAEYC Standards:

· Know and understand the multiple influences on development and learning [NAEYC Standard 1b]

· Know about and understand diverse family and community characteristics [NAEYC Standard 2a]


Think back to when you were sitting in a classroom. How did you learn things best? Human beings have three main ways to take in new information: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. For most of us, one of these ways is dominant and the other two are weaker.

Visual Learners

Auditory Learners

Kinesthetic Learners

Like to see what they are learning

Ask a lot of questions

Need to be active and take frequent breaks

Often close their eyes to visualize or remember something

Like to tell stories or jokes

Speak with their hands and with gestures

Benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color

Often talk to themselves when approaching a new task

Rely on what they can directly experience or perform

Are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery

Narrate own actions

Are uncomfortable in classrooms where they lack opportunities for hands-on experiences

Prefer stimuli to be isolated from auditory and kinesthetic distraction

Are very social

Communicate by touching and appreciate physically expressed encouragement

Like to read and write

Work well in groups with other students

Notice details – similarities and differences

Like to hear directions and process and learn them

Would rather watch, than talk or do

Hum quite often

May want to make noise if it is too quiet

For Part 2, post your response to the following questions:

*Which of the above learning styles can you see yourself relating to? Provide us with an example.

*How can knowing your learning style benefit you personally?

*Why is this information important to know as you work with young children?

 Part 3 : Select a children’s book – post the title of the book and author, as well as the ages of the children that you would share it with. Post three examples of activities that you could do to accompany the book, that would reach students with each of the different learning styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic.