What is a Reading and Writing Learner?
Raising kids, we often notice the differences in our children. Because each child is different, the adventures they will take you on will be different. Kids usually tend to gravitate towards their interests. They will naturally connect with people, places, or activities that hold their interests. Those could be a coach, a piano teacher, a museum or gym, a class or lesson. Whatever it may be being aware of our child’s interests will benefit us in helping our children learn.
There are four learning styles. We will be talking about the Reading and Writing Learning Styles. We will be discussing the definition, the strengths, and strategies to use to help your child grow and learn.
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What is a Reading and Writing Learner?
This type of learner learns best through text or written word. This individual takes in information through reading and writing and less through listening and doing. They may be big readers, journal writers, or like to make lists. As your child gets older the classroom favors this type of learner and may be seen as a “natural” at school. This doesn’t necessarily mean that this learner is a strong reader it just means they take in information by reading and writing.
Strengths of a Reading/Writing Learner
As stated earlier this individual may seem like a “natural”. They prefer to read and take notes than to sit and listen to a lecture. Printouts, graphs, or drawings help this learner. Often you will find in their notes drawings they have done to further understand concepts.
They prefer to study by themselves than in a group setting. They like to reread parts of texts or notes they have taken. Physical motion such as rewriting notes also helps.
They like to research and study new concepts. They may have a stack of books by their bedside of all the things they want to read.
Strategies for the Reading and Writing Learner
The strategies for this type of learner are very basic. Take notes, lots of notes. Rewrite the notes in their own words. The writing will help engage the brain and internalize the information. Use outlines and bullet points as needed.
Before reading ask yourself what is it that I know?
What is it that I want to know? This will help to break down what is important and what is not.
Use handouts, diagrams, graphs, and drawings. Add any notes that will help to better understand the material.
To help your child who can’t read I would read to them and discuss what is being read. I would have them tell me what they thought was going on by looking at the pictures. Look at faces. Are they happy or sad? As they got older, I would work on note-taking with them.
Take them to the library and get their own Library card. Help them to find books that cover their interests. For example, Sharks. Or find websites that have information about Sharks.
I want to share with you something that happened not too long ago. Teachers, like parents, are not supposed to have their favorites. So, I will just say one of my most enjoyable students who is now a 5th grader, wanted to run for Student Council President.
This girl is a ferocious reader and writer. Knowing this student as I have and still do, I knew how to help her. Before we sat down, I wrote a list of all the words I would use to describe her. Some of those words were funny, intelligent, kind, loving, loyal, dedicated, articulate, a good listener, and a great friend. I wanted to let her know how I saw her and how I knew others saw her. Knowing that she is a Reading/Writing Learner, I gave her the list.
We also talked about the things she wanted to implement in her school and wrote them down. She worked out the details before we talked again.
The second time we sat and talked about her speech we made an outline. We talked about the different parts of the outline and what she would talk about. She had taken notes so she could use those to write her speech.
I wish I could have been there to hear her speech. Knowing her she nailed it! I’m happy to say she is the President of Student Council at her school. I am beyond PROUD of her!