Determine your child’s learning style and aid in their learning success!

Did you know that everyone learns differently?


What is your personal learning style?


What is your child’s learning style?

Not everyone learns the same, which is what makes everyone in the world so unique. No two people learn the exact same way, and knowing what your child’s learning style is can help in them having success in their academics.



Learn your child’s strengths

Everyone in the world has their strengths and weaknesses.  Some are natural athletes; while others have to practice and train to become a good athlete.  Some people are naturals when it comes to academics; while others may struggle a bit and have to study in order to do well in school.  People are so different; it is even amazing to see how different or similar your children are to you, and to see how different or similar siblings can be.  For instance, I have two daughters.  They are both in college.  They went to the same high school, but  not at the same time.  They had many of the same teachers as well.


There are many kids and teachers alike that are shockingly AMAZED that they are sisters!  My oldest daughter was not as social as my youngest is.  Academics came easier for my oldest daughter and she had to work hard to excel in sports.  My youngest daughter on the other hand is a natural athlete, and learns better with visuals. Unfortunately, most public schools are do not teach using many visuals. So you see, although they are siblings, they are like night and day!  My oldest daughter is more like me; we find that book learning is our forte, while my youngest daughter is more like my husband in that they are good students, but are more hands on, visual learners.





It is important to realize how your child learns early on. If you have younger children, it can help you in deciding what type of preschool to enroll them in; or if you should home school them.  Determining what type of learner your child is also is important in the later years of schooling as well.  Not all children are meant to sit for hours at a desk and listen to a teacher teach from the front of the classroom.  Some children need to be engaged in their learning, they need to be able to freely move about, explore, and actively take part in how and what they learn. There is so much to consider when choosing the right school path for your child.  Being aware of how your child learns will help you decide what is right for your child.




So…Do you know what type of learner your child is?

According to psychologist Howard Gardner, there are eight types of intelligences. Early on in his research, Gardner had discovered seven intelligences, but later added the eighth.

He believes that everyone has a small part of all the intelligences within them.  But he also believed that over the years; a person develops one area of intelligence more thoroughly than the other areas and that becomes their primary way of learning.

To learn more about Howard Gardner and his theory of multiple intelligences and to find out your multiple intelligence, please click here.


What are the different types of learning styles?



-Thinks by bouncing ideas off other people

Also known as “The Socializer”


  • have lots of friends
  • talk to people
  • join groups


  • understanding people
  • leading others
  • organizing
  • communicating
  • manipulating
  • mediating conflicts


  • sharing
  • comparing
  • relating
  • cooperating
  • interviewing




-Thinks via rhythms and melodies

Also known as “The Music Lover”


  • sing, hum tunes
  • listen to music
  • respond to music


  • picking up sounds
  • remembering melodies
  • noticing pitches/rhythms
  • keeping tune


  • rhythm
  • melody
  • music





-Thinks through somatic sensations

Also known as “The Mover”


  • move around
  • touch and talk
  • use body language


  • physical activities
  • crafts


  • touching
  • moving
  • interacting with space
  • processing knowledge through bodily sensations




-Thinks by relating to the outside world

Also know as “The One With Nature”


  • grow things
  • be in nature
  • camp, hike, and bike


  • memorizing
  • observing
  • recognizing patterns in nature


  • classification
  • exploration
  • touching
  • examining






-Thinks in images and pictures

Also known as “The Visualizer”


  • draw, build, design
  • daydream
  • look at pictures
  • watch movies
  • play with machines


  • imagining
  • sensing changes
  • mazes/puzzles
  • reading maps/charts


  • visualizing
  • dreaming
  • using the minds’ eye
  • working with colors/pictures




-Thinks by reasoning

Also known as “The Questioner”


  • do experiments
  • figure things out
  • work with numbers
  • ask questions
  • explore patterns and relationships


  • math
  • reasoning
  • logic
  • problem solving


  • categorizing
  • classifying
  • working with abstract patterns/relationships




-Thinks in words

Also known as “The World Player”


  • read
  • write
  • tell stories


  • memorizing names, places, dates and trivia
  • word puzzles
  • writing


  • saying
  • hearing
  • seeing words




-Thinks deeply inside of themselves

Also known as “The Individual”


  • work alone
  • pursue own interests


  • understanding self
  • focusing inward on feelings/dreams
  • following instincts
  • pursuing interests/goals
  • being original


  • working alone
  • individualized projects
  • self-paced instruction
  • having own space




In the end

Finding out your child’s learning style and strengths is important in finding the right learning environment for your child.  You may find that your child is a balance between multiple learning styles, and that’s okay.

You don’t necessarily have to fall under just one learning style; that’s the thing about learning, it is as unique as we are! When looking at school models for your child, there are many alternatives to public school.

Charter schools, home school, private schools, Montessori schools, and  hybrid schools are all environments that accommodate the various types of learning styles. Your child’s learning style can be used to help with choosing which school model is best for your child.

Not all environments are a good fit for each child, so choose something that works for you and your child(ren). One of my favorite quotes is pictured below; it speaks volumes and is a huge part of my personal teaching philosophy.








I’m curious to know…what is YOUR learning style?

I would have to say that I am a good combination of a Linguistic and a Intrapersonal learner.

What’s your learning style?  What is YOUR multiple intelligence?

Let me know in the comments!

Anitra J.








  1. What a clear and insightful blog on how we learn. Now I will start with the person’s attention style
    first, and then deliver my message. I can apply this knowledge to my friends, family, and work colleagues. Thank you Anitra.

    1. Anitra says:

      Thanks Verla! It is really insightful when you can figure out how people learn and have certain characteristics.

  2. I think I’m both Logical and Linguistic. I have one child who learns just like me, and another who is more Interpersonal. Probably why it was always easier for me to help one of them with homework over the other.

  3. I’m familiar with Gardner and was also told I have a linguistic learning style. Perhaps this is common amongst bloggers? ????

  4. This is really wonderful. It makes all the difference in teaching once you understand how someone else learns. We are definitely not all the same

  5. Very interesting! This made me stop and think about what type of learners my children are! I think I might have to reveiw this a couple times!

  6. Very interesting! I didn’t know there was so many! Great resource for parents.
    I think I was Spatial when I was a child.

  7. Laura Belle says:

    Great post. I think the problem with schools is that they don’t cater to these different learning styles

    1. Anitra says:

      Thanks Laura Belle. I feel that the reason so many parents are choosing alternatives to public school is that they don’t cater to different learning styles.

  8. So helpful! Especially for figuring out my kids, because they are SO different. I think one is Musical and the other is Logical. Can they be a mix of more than one?

    1. Anitra says:

      Thanks Jocelyn, I think that kids can be a mix of more than 1.

  9. It’s a shame that all schools don’t implement these teaching styles.

    1. Anitra says:

      Amie, it is a shame right?

  10. This is such a great eYe opener and so accurate too. Thanks

  11. I’ve never really evaluated what type of learner I am. I think it depends on the information sometimes. For children these days, however, it is definitely more important to decipher this. We can’t use a cookie cutter approach for teaching.

  12. Interesting.. I have one interpersonal child and one that is most closely to this, spatial. I am a a heathy combination on inter and intra.

  13. Great little roundup of learning styles. I am a teacher so I have internalized these and automatically start analyzing people’s styles. It really helps with communication.

  14. This is so important. Growing up my older sister could be staring into space and seem like she wasn’t paying attention. The teacher would calll on her and she always knew the answer. I was more book smart and had to focus on one thing at a time. Knowing what type your kids are can make learning a lot more fun too

  15. Understanding one’s learning style is paramount in supporting your child’s learning experience and creating an environment where they feel empowered to explore and grow. I went through the process of understanding my daughter’s learning style and I’ve watched her blossom as a result.

  16. I feel like I have little bits of several of those categories! I’m Naturalist, Kinesthetic and Spatial. I see the Kinesthetic in my son. He is so active. It seems like he has to try something to realize it doesn’t work. He’s always trying new things and is extremely physical. This is a great read. Thanks for the information!

  17. There are so many parents that will benefit from this blog! Awesome content! Thanks for sharing!

  18. yea I’m definitely a linguistic learner. My daughter is only five and I don’t think it’s clear what type of learner she is yet. A lot of these styles resonate with her.

  19. zoe says:

    I’m definitely an intrapersonal/logical-mathematical learner. my daughter is 1000% a spatial learner.

  20. Sarah says:

    I loved this post. I have a daycare and I’ll going to used what I learned to see how best to teach the children.

  21. It’s so important to understand how your children learn!

  22. Kimmy says:

    Wow, this really opened my eyes to how my kids learn and will help me teach them a whole lot better now.

  23. I think I’m an intrapersonal learner most of the time

  24. I wish that the teachers would meet the kids where they are, and take their learning styles into account in public schools as well.

  25. Rachel Dyer says:

    I know for sure I have one musical and 1 naturalistic child…..but I’m not sure which one my other one is. I need to think about this a little more. I am going to revisit this for sure as I think about it.

  26. Love Gardners’ philosophy. So cool to identify and grow our strengths

  27. Love this! As an educator I am fascinated with all of these learning styles

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