If you have a child with ADHD, finding their learning style can help facilitate your homeschool lessons and avoid power battles. This brief overview of styles of learning will help eliminate some of the pain when homeschooling a child with ADHD.
5 Styles of Learning That Work for Kids with ADHD
Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert, and I don’t know everything about homeschooling a child with ADHD, but I have been around a LOT of kids with ADHD, my own daughter has it, and I have ADHD myself. Most individuals with ADHD that I have seen learn similarly. If your kids don’t fall into the “typical” ADHD box I’m talking about below, you can use this evaluation tool to determine the learning style of your kids.
The greatest success I have had when teaching ADHD kids is when we do a lot of hands-on activities. Any chance we can get, I add hands-on activities to our STEM activities, science projects, writing assignments, and math activities.
This style of learning is known as kinesthetic learning, and the child (or adult) who learns this way learns by touching and feeling and doing. Everyone I know with ADHD learns through this style to some extent.
Some kids learn mainly with this style, some kids learn only with this style, and some kids learn with a mix of styles (a mix of learning styles is fairly common).
Curriculum that has a lot of hands-on activities will help kinesthetic learners master concepts faster.
Learn by Watching
Some kids with ADHD aren’t as ready to jump right in to learn something. These kids learn better by watching someone do something. When the watching kid finally does try the activity, usually they can do it without many mistakes. This learning style is usually called the spacial or visual learning style.
I learn best this way. When I was a child, I would usually stand off to the side and watch how something was done for several minutes. Once I gained confidence in how something was done, I could jump right in and do the task without much trouble.
It’s great if you have this learning style in a traditional classroom or if you are doing video lessons.
I call this style of learning the “do-it-myself” style. I’ve seen it called, more professionally, the solitary style of learning. In this learning style, the child doesn’t want to be shown how to do something, but instead, would rather figure it out on their own. So far, Bo shows signs of being this style of learner.
This style of learning is great when a child is older, because they are motivated to complete assignments on their own. But in the early years, it can be frustrating.
The Montessori method of teaching can help fuel this style of learning when a child is young.
Group learners, or social learners, prefer learning in a group setting. These kids thrive on doing work with others and learn best through positive group peer pressure.
If you have a social learner, your child will learn best through group projects, like in a co-op setting.
Most kids learn through several styles, with one main learning style. For example, I’m a visual learner, but I’m also a bit of a do-it-yourself learner. Monkey is a mix of hands-on and do-it-yourself learning styles.
It is lucky that children can learn with different styles, as it can be a challenge to find curriculum that aligns with just one learning style.
When you know the styles of learning that work best for your ADHD child, you can pick curriculum for your ADHD child with confidence.
Brain Break Cards for Kids with ADHD
Kids are easily overwhelmed with work if they have ADHD. One simple way to help a kid with ADHD reset is to implement brain breaks. These 60-second or less activities help reset a child’s brain and gets her out of the flight or fight mode. You can use these at home or in the classroom!
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What to do When You Discover Your Childs Learning Style – Jody Smith/Simply Southern Sunshine
10 Learning Style Clues to Be a Better Teacher – Diane @ Classical Scholar
Why Knowing Your Own Learning Style Will Make You A Better Teacher – Tatiana at The Musings of Mum
Learning Styles and Homeschooling: How to Teach the Way Your Kids Learn – Sara @ The Homeschool Post
Learning Styles with Apraxia.- Stacy at Three Busy Bees
Can Children’s Learning Styles Change? -Classes By Beth Plus
Homeschooling your strong-willed child – Ginny Kochis at Not So Formulaic
Practical advice for homeschool moms on learning styles – Kim at Day to Day Adventures
Why Lapbooking Works for My Rowdy Boys – Christia at Faith Filled Parenting