Is your child a Visual-Spacial Learner?
At Harper Learning Academy, our teaching methods include research-based strategies that address the different learning modalities of our students. The visual-spatial modality is for a person who learns best by visualizing information and understanding how things are arranged in space. These students tend to think in pictures and need to see information to understand it. They may also have a good sense of direction and be able to mentally manipulate visual images.
It's worth noting that learning style is quite intricate, and most people have a combination of different learning styles. It's also important to remember that not everyone fits into one learning style. At Harper Learning Academy, we observe and communicate with your child to clearly understand how they learn best.
Characteristics of a Visual-Spacial Learner
Here are a few characteristics of a visual-spatial learner:
They often prefer to see information and concepts illustrated with diagrams, charts, or images
They have a good sense of direction and spatial relations
They can mentally manipulate visual images and visualize objects from different angles
They may struggle with verbal instructions and prefer visual cues
They have a natural inclination toward art, design, and architecture
They tend to be good at solving puzzles and mazes
They may have difficulty with verbal lectures and prefer hands-on activities
They may have difficulty with reading and writing tasks if they are not supported by visual aids
They may find it easy to map out and plan projects but struggle with following verbal instructions
How Do Spacial Learners Learn?
Spatial learners learn best by seeing and visualizing information in their minds. They have unique strengths in problem-solving techniques that involve understanding and manipulating spatial information. Strong spatial ability enables them to think in pictures and use mental images to understand and remember information. They may have a strong visual memory and easily recall images, diagrams, and other visual information. People with good spatial skills can accurately sense direction and visualize objects in their head, like rotating them.
They tend to excel in fields such as art, design, engineering, and architecture and in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), where understanding and maneuvering spatial information is important. They may benefit from visual aids like diagrams, images, and charts, hands-on activities and experiments, and creating mental maps and visual diagrams to organize information and plan projects. They may also excel in tasks that require visualizing and crafting 3D objects and tasks that involve spatial reasoning, such as mapping and navigation.
They may struggle with verbal instructions that are not supported by visual cues. Hands-on activities like building and experimenting may help them better understand and retain information. They may also benefit from creating mental maps and visual diagrams to organize information and plan projects.
Who Are Some Famous Spacial Learners?
Albert Einstein was known for his brilliance in mathematics and theoretical physics and was a master of visual-spatial thinking. His famous theories and discoveries, such as the Theory of Relativity, emerged from his visual-spatial reasoning and creative problem-solving.
Leonardo da Vinci was a famous painter, sculptor, inventor, and scientist. His creative genius was rooted in his ability to visualize complex concepts and his creative approach to problem-solving. Frank Lloyd Wright was an iconic architect and designer whose innovative ideas and unique designs were a product of his strong visual-spatial thinking.
Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor credited with inventing such revolutionary products as the lightbulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. His numerous inventions came from his ability to visualize the outcome of complex processes.
It can be assumed that modern-day geniuses such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk also possess a strong visual-spatial orientation. These individuals can recognize patterns, develop innovative ideas, and create solutions outside the box of traditional thinking. They often possess an uncanny ability to think about abstract concepts and visualize the bigger picture. This thinking has led to remarkable achievements in various fields, from science and mathematics to engineering and the arts.
What are problem-solving activities that kids can do at home?
Problem-solving is a key skill that can be improved with practice. One way to improve your problem-solving skills is by tackling complex problems. This will help you develop the ability to break down a problem and understand its underlying components.
For visual-spatial learners, creating mental representations of the problem can be a helpful strategy for understanding and solving it. They may also benefit from visual aids, such as diagrams and charts, to help them define the problem and understand its components. Additionally, they must practice recognizing patterns and similarities among problems to come up with solutions.
It's also important to remember that problem-solving is an iterative process and it's not always easy to find the perfect solution immediately. Being persistent, creative, and willing to take risks can help you become a better problem solver.
Here are some problem-solving activities that kids can do at home:
Jigsaw puzzles: Jigsaw puzzles are a great way for kids to develop problem-solving skills. They must figure out how the pieces fit together to complete the puzzle.
Building with blocks: Building with blocks is another great way for kids to develop problem-solving skills. They will need to figure out how to stack the blocks to make a stable structure.
Board games: Chess, checkers, and tic-tac-toe teach kids problem-solving skills by helping them plan ahead and predict their opponent's moves.
Escape rooms: In escape room games or puzzles, children have to solve a series of clues and riddles to escape a room or situation.
Scavenger hunts: Scavenger hunts are fun to get kids thinking and problem-solving. You can create a list of items for them to find or give them clues to follow.
Sudoku: Sudoku is a great way for kids to develop problem-solving skills. This game requires them to think logically and strategically to fill a grid with numbers.
Creating mazes is a fun way for kids to develop their problem-solving skills. They can create a maze using pencil and paper or use blocks to build a physical maze.
Cooking or baking: Cooking or baking can be a fun and engaging problem-solving activity for kids. They will need to follow a recipe and make adjustments to complete the dish.
These activities are fun and help kids develop their problem-solving, critical thinking, and reasoning skills. Practicing these different problem-solving strategies will challenge students to be good listeners and observers and be open-minded and flexible to alternative solutions.