A visual learner is often one of the easiest learning styles to teach. Students who learn visually thrive with worksheets, videos, and reading materials. However, they are often easily distracted by other things they can look at – their siblings, the television, anything that can take their eyes away from their homeschool work.
The following are some tips to homeschooling your visual learner to help him thrive!
Homeschooling Tips for your Visual Learner
- Create a quiet, distraction-free homeschool space. Your visual learner needs to be able to focus on the task at hand. When he’s doing his school work, he should be away from other children and in a space that is quiet and conducive to learning.
- Black and white works best. Because visual learners see everything, bright colors and image can be distracting when trying to stay on task. For this reason, plain black and white worksheets or books work best. Incorporate color during art time or when reading away from homeschool time.
- Use diagrams and examples to teach concepts. Your visual learner needs to SEE how and why a concept works. Be sure to use lots of visual representations in your homeschool lessons.
- Understand there are two kinds of visual learners. Not all visual learners are created equal! Some thrive with print-based learning (worksheets, books, etc) that focuses on words while others are more spatial learners and need pictures to understand concepts. It’s important that you take the time to determine which version of visual learning your child works with best, so you can provide the proper educational tools and materials.
- Offer lots of colored pens and highlighters for taking notes. Older visual learners do well with color coding their study notes for exams. It helps to have important concepts standing out from the paper and black ink text.
- Give lots of visual examples. Whether you draw it out on a chalk board or play a video to help your child learn a lesson, showing your visual learner the concept is the best way to help him learn. Go beyond simple instruction (SHOW, rather than tell).
Resources for Homeschooling Visual Learners
Bob Books – A great foundational reading set for young children, from preschool – second grade. These books follow an order that helps your child grow and become confident in reading. Large black text and minimal colors helps your visual learner stay on task.
Math U See – This math curriculum offers lessons up to algebra, so it can be a “one stop shop” for most of your student’s homeschool career. Clean pages and worksheets for visual learners who are easily distracted by too much color.
LeapFrog DVDs – A learning tool for younger students that help to emphasize phonics and letters in a fun way. These DVDs are great for after homeschool lessons are finished, or on a rainy day when the kids can’t go outside to play!
What are you best tips for homeschooling a visual learner?