Visual Learning Strategies for Young Children
Humans have embraced visual learning styles since prehistoric times. Through runes, pictures, carvings on stones, we have found ways to communicate efficiently and coherently. Yet today, our academia is primarily focused on descriptive learning styles.
We invest in textbooks and digital texts to teach young learners about Geography and Civics, Mathematics, and Science. Textbooks that are heavy and thick, overlayed with hundreds of pages, condensed with information, figures, numbers, and practice exercises.
Cue Visual Learners. There is a segment of learners who think of the world in the form of pictures and not words. They remember periodic tables as an intricate collection of test tubes filled with colorful liquids. They imagine trigonometry as a harmony of musical notes, rotating on the Z-axis. They have vivid imitation, uncanny observation, and visual intuition.
“A Picture is worth 1000 words.”
But there are struggles too. They also are impatient with long texts, easily distracted when auditory lectures runneth over. They lose their focus on standardized tests. The world which is monochromatic and two dimensional does not stimulate them much. Books and assignments turn into chores. Where is the creativity that their heart desires?
The dilemma of an Educator, and the rescue
Educators and parents fumble to find tools for such learners, as the world continues to produce textbooks at an unprecedented rate. Educators and students are left uninspired and education becomes mundane.
“An Educator’s Dilemma to find a size that fits all.”
There are techniques that can be applied to emancipate the educator and student.
Educators should find tools that spark joy for learning. They should find aids and learning tools that are creative, colorful, multidimensional, and bright. Instead of checklist and books, students should be provided with Post-It notes, highlighters, markers with index cards, and indented, bulleted notes. Engineering principles could be taught through lego blocks. Measurement taught through Vernier Callipers.
Tensor Cards promote Visual Learning
Tensor Cards also contain visual clues for children for independent observations. With an educator’s guidance, they would then create design flows based on their interpretations. These cards have been carefully designed to inject fun and creativity in a way the child would think, play, and learn. So go ahead pick your child’s favorite theme for Tensor Cards and witness them Unleash Imagination.