Homeschooling Visual Spatial Learners
Sharpen your pencils! Visual Spatial learners learn best through pictures and illustrations.
Visual Spatial children think in pictures. Once they have a picture of
the concept, they've got it! No need for repetition and drill.
do not learn sequentially so "traditional" teaching methods and
curriculum only lead to frustration and poor academic performance.
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Visual Spatial Learners Usually...
There are two types of visual learners. Visual
Print learners learn through reading and writing. Visual Spatial learners learn through pictures.
- Think in pictures
- Recognize faces, objects, shapes, colors, details,
- Have a good sense of direction
- Need to understand the big picture before getting
into the details
- Do not learn sequentially (step-by-step)
- Learn by seeing and observing
- Use visual images to recall information
- Enjoy doodling, drawing, painting, and sculpting
- Often reverse letters when writing
- Do not learn through repetition and drill
- Discover patterns easily
- Doodle while listening
Visual Spatial Homeschool Curriculum
Choose curriculum that is brimming with pictures, can be read aloud, or uses manipulatives. Look for resources that include activities such as drawing, building models and graphic organizers.
Here is a list of homeschool
suited for the Visual Spatial learning style. Or
History and World
Reading (and read
alouds) allow visualization of the stories. Use videos,
computer programs, lapbooks
, and hands-on projects.
Spatial learners benefit from visual aids when learning new
information and for getting their thoughts on paper. Look for resources
utilize flow charts
, concept mapping
, graphic organizers
, and art.
These learners are brilliant with content yet struggle with
mechanics of writing. Remember, best-selling authors have editors!
Avoid curriculum that emphasizes spelling, grammar, and capitalization.
They do not learn sequentially, which is why most
spelling programs don't work. Create picture cards for each spelling
word and use this simple (and FREE) spelling method. I've used it
successfully with my daughter.
Reading (and read
alouds) allow Spatial learners to visualize the stories in
aids and manipulatives are a necessity in math. Use illustrations and
to teach facts and
processes. Color code steps for solving math problems. Spatial
learners excel with concepts but struggle with details and
Spatial learners often struggle with learning to read. Use a phonics
and whole word approach to reading. Since they think
in pictures, connect letter sounds with pictures
Give them plenty of
time with this.
Spatial Learning Activities
Visual Spatial learners think in pictures so use graphical and
pictorial methods of working with ideas and presenting information.
Download the Visual Spatial Lesson Idea Worksheet
help you plan visual spatial lessons.
(1) How can the topic be illustrated?
(2) How can my child 'show' me what he has learned?
- Visuals - "a picture is worth a thousand words"
- Flow charts to teach processes
- Colored pens to distinguish parts (show
parts of speech in a sentence, spelling patterns, divisor/dividend,
- Field trips
- Highlighting, underlining, and drawing images while
- Discovery - capitalize on your child's
- Reading aloud
- Visuals hung up around the room (i.e. Greek &
Latin word parts)
- Unit charts to introduce the big picture
Visual Spatial Learner...
- Draw while listening to lectures
- Use concept mapping to show knowledge
of a subject and its relationships
- Map locations of a story setting, historical events,
- Work with math manipulatives
- Use graphic organizers
for just about everything. Introduce or recap a unit, analyze
literature, explain cycles and sequences, pre-writing and brainstorming
are just a few examples.
- Create story boards for creative writing and literary
- Dramatize or demonstrate the concept
- Draw pictures of events on a timeline
- Research using websites and videos
- Create picture cards for learning
spelling words, math facts, etc.
- Create graphs and charts to show the results of
research assignments or to answer workbook questions
- Construct models
- Create collages, posters, and murals of a concept or
to summarize a unit
- Use computer software such as Eyewitness Encyclopedia
all homeschooling styles are a good fit for Visual Spatial
Learners. Use the learning activities (from above)
the Visual Spatial Lesson Idea Worksheet
with the following homeschool methods...
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