Developing Your Child’s Learning Methods.

b3You can develop the learning methods that do not come naturally to your child with stories. A seeing (visual) child can learn to become more comfortable listening when you describe a picture to him and link it to sounds in such a way that it creates the pictures and sounds in his imagination. A child that naturally learns by listening (auditory) will have the benefit of also learning to create pictures in his imagination in the same scenario. A feeling (kinaesthetic) child will gain the most from stories that describe sounds and pictures. Using smell and taste in the story will deepen the involvement of the child’s imagination.

As an example, read this while listening to the above audio clip:

“Some of the little animals are playing on a big blue and yellow jumping castle while others are running around and around it.
The grass is soft and green. As the little animals run and play they feel how the cool green grass tickles their little feet. Have you felt how cool green grass tickles your feet? It’s really nice, isn’t it? While the little ones are playing the mommies are visiting with Hillary the hippo.

On the table where the mommies are sitting is a bright yellow tablecloth and a big bunch of orange roses. There are also small little pink flowers and big fat red ones. There is even big round blue flowers that look like soccer balls and smell just like ice cream!

The mommies are sitting around the table chatting while they drink tea. Their little children are happy and excited! The smallest little animals feel safe because they are close enough to hear their mommies’ voices. The little animals know how their mommies’ voices sound. Do you know how your mommy’s voice sounds?”

Now lets have a closer look to see how the story develops the child’s involvement in his imagination.
“Some of the little animals are playing on a big blue and yellow jumping castle (eliciting the visual system) while others are running around and around it. (Eliciting the kinaesthetic system).

The grass is soft and green. (Again involving kinaesthetic (soft), and visual system (green)). As the little animals run and play they feel (kinaesthetic system) how the cool green grass tickles their little feet. Have you felt how cool green grass tickles your feet? It’s really nice, isn’t it? (Eliciting child relation to the described kinaesthetic sensory explanation and personalising it. This deepens the child’s mental involvement).

While the little ones are playing the mommies are visiting with Hillary the hippo. (Building on the safe separation of the child from the parent to promote autonomy).

On the table where the mommies are sitting is a bright yellow tablecloth (eliciting visual representational system) and a big bunch of orange roses (visual representational system). There are also small little pink flowers and big fat red ones (visual representational system). There is even big round blue flowers (visual representational system) that look like soccer balls and smell just like ice cream! (Crossing of representational system between visual and smell systems leading to deeper mental involvement).

The mommies are sitting around the table chatting while they drink tea. Their little children are happy and excited! The smallest little animals feel safe because they are close enough to hear their mommies’ voices. (Adding to the safely of separation for the child to promote autonomy.)

The little animals know how their mommies’ voices sound (eliciting auditory system). Do you know how your mommy’s voice sounds? (Leading question to help the child associate.)”

(Excerpt from our book “Smart Stories” and audio clip from the Cd that comes with the book.)

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