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Did You Hear That?

Did You Hear That?

Before we get started, remember that this information is to give us insight when our kids struggle to learn, AND to remind us that our kids (and spouse) may approach things quite differently than we do!
In the past 2 weeks, we have looked at the significant impact of Learning Modalities—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (three routes by which new information can be received by our brains)—and, then, focused on the visual modality.

Auditory
Today, let’s consider what it’s like for those who learn new facts best by hearing them. This is the one who wants to hear you tell stories, listen to audio books, even hear directions read aloud—anything that let’s them use their ears to receive the information.

Is this you:

  • Do you find it easy to follow a speaker’s presentation, even when they don’t use an outline or a PowerPoint?
  • If you’re listening to preaching, are you able to keep up with what’s being said—without needing to jot down notes?
  • Are you most comfortable learning how to operate a new device by talking with someone on the phone (rather than reading a How-To Guide)?
  • Do you find yourself reading something out loud (or, saying it “aloud” in your mind) so that it makes more sense?

If so, then learning by hearing (auditory) is the easiest modality for you to take in new information.

If it’s not you, does this describe one of your children?

Frustration or Relief?

If so, picture this scenario:

You have just settled all your kids with their assignments and books. Whew. Time for a cup of tea.

Suddenly, your middle child says, “Mommy, what am I supposed to do?” You look at him, a little frustrated, and say, “What do the directions say?” He answers, “Well, it says to answer the questions.”

You look at your son, reminding yourself to be patient. “Okay, so, answer the questions.” With an increasing whine, he says, “But I don’t understand the questions!” You respond, a little heatedly, “But you read this chapter yesterday, didn’t you?” “Yes, but, Mommy, I don’t remember what it said. . .”

Right now, in this situation, it really helps to think about the fact that, for some, hearing it is how they “get it.” It will allow you to respond like this:

“Oh, honey, I’m so sorry that this is hard! Here, come sit by me and let’s read it together, shall we? That way, if you have any questions, or if you don’t know some of the words, we can talk about it as we go.”

The look of relief on his face will clue you in to the fact that this is EXACTLY what he needed. And, next time, you’ll know that he will remember a lot more if he can hear it read aloud. 

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