Turn your child into a maths magician?

One Size Fits All? The VARK Learning Model Gives You Choice.
Different children learn differently. Providing children with a way of learning that appeals and works for them is a step to helping them achieve.

The 'One size fits all' education model creates limits and puts our children into boxes. When it comes to learning, these boundaries are the last thing we want our children to have.

In 1987, New Zealand high school teacher Neil Fleming introduced the learning model called VARK. Vark stands for Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing and Kinaesthetic - four important ways in which everybody learns.

We, and our children learn best with a combination of these four but we all tend towards the traits of one or two over the others. So what are they and how can you use VARK to help your child in their maths and schoolwork?

We at StayOnTrack know, without a doubt, that practice of basic facts makes permanent knowledge that our children need. We create worksheets with different fun activities to suit the needs of different children, and we make sure the sheets are short and to the point-so that our 'movers and groovers' children don't have to sit for long.

  • VISUAL - learn by seeing it in front of them- these children store images in their brain. They can struggle with verbal direction and are easily distracted by noise. Hint- remembers faces better then names.

  • Tips:
    -Get them to write out problems and draw pictures and diagrams to help them show what they understand.
    -Physically show what they are doing with materials such as blocks or counters
    -Give them a neat, quiet place to study and minimal distractions.

  • AUDITORY - Talking is the prime form of exchanging information and these children learn best by hearing and speaking. Hint - Find it hard to stay quiet and are social children and may often hum or sing to themselves.

  • Tips:
    -Have them to read the problem out loud
    -Have them explain what they are doing
    -Memorise rules by reading aloud or making into a song!

  • KINESTHETIC - Learn best by moving around and handling physical objects. Often prefer to try for themselves rather than by demonstration or explanation. Sometimes find is hard to sit still. Hint - Express themselves physically such as by hugging or (gulp) hitting!

  • Tips:
    -Let them try it first and then give some more direction
    -Don't limit study space to the desk - give them room to move.
    -They learn through games and activity, make it fun!

  • READING/WRITING - These children learn best through the written word. They absorb information by reading and taking lots of notes sometimes word for word and making lists. Hint -Often fast readers and skillful writers.

  • Tips:
    -Encourage them to write out their basic facts and study from them
    -Get them to explain diagrams, graphs and maths problems by talking them through.
    -Give them a quiet study space with few distractions.

    StayOnTrack Limited 2014