Mason is an auditory learner. A hugely auditory learner. The other two categories aren't even on the map with him.
...which is hard, because I am not an auditory learner at all. Tell me something, and I'll forget it two seconds later; no exaggeration. SHOW me something? And I'll always remember it. I am a huge visual learner--a little kinesthetic as well, but mostly visual. Posters, pictures, bright colors, demonstrations--these are my educational food. If I see it, I'll remember it. I'll call that visual back into my mind when I need it (which is why I test really well, even when I haven't studied).
So...I've been teaching Mason the wrong way. So far, I've been teaching him in the way that I learn best: using lots of pictures and displays. This made perfect sense to me...until this week, when I learned that that is NOT how Mason learns. He needs to HEAR the information, and looking back, I should have known this.
- His asking for clarification on instructions that are clearly shown in pictures
- His need for textbook definitions of everyday words (instead of the definitions in layman's terms that I prefer to give)
- His need for every family picture to be expanded upon with voiced descriptions of what went on at the time they were taken
- His constant need to interrupt a lesson or a book to ask for more SPOKEN detail
- His ability to recall random conversations he's had with people, word for word
- His ability to recall what happened in books I read to him ages ago
- His love of music
- His ability to remember any information put to music (ask him what my number is, and he'll tell you...in song)
I cannot believe I missed all of that.
As a result, I can feel the change in plans coming along. I haven't solidified anything yet, because I want to do some more research on this baffling thing called auditory learning (you auditory learners can really understand information that is just spoken to you???). But I sense Mason's future will be full of tape recorders, chants, and songs à la Safety Kids.