There are many different styles of learning, and obviously, our little learners all learn differently.
According to Fleming’s VAK model, there are three main styles of learning; visual, kinesthetic and auditory.
Visual learners want to see how to do things, kinesthetic learners want to be hands-on and auditory learners like to talk through what they’re doing. These types of learning fall under ‘sensory learning’ which is exactly what it sounds like, learning that involves the senses.
Most people can learn in at least one of the ways, but some find it very difficult to learn in a way that doesn’t come naturally to them. This means that when teaching, all learning styles should be combined, which we know is sometimes a difficult task.
A resource that combines different types of sensory learning is a light panel. Light panels can be used to enhance colours and may seem simple, but when use correctly can create a sensory rich learning experience.
We’ve put together some top tips to help you use a light panel for sensory learning in the classroom:
- Use semi spheres to see how colours change and objects are magnified
- Create your own pictures with acrylic blocks (introduce symmetry with a mirror)
- Explore different textures with sensory circles
- Develop early number and letter recognition with simple games
- Make jigsaws with acetate or thin coloured card
- See the different effects that you can create with food colouring
- Discover the textures, colours and tones of natural materials
- Make marks and patterns in coloured sand
To find out more information and to buy the materials for our top tips above visit our website.
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