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What is my Child’s Learning Style?

What is my Child's Learning Style?

When I first started homeschooling, my child baffled me.  He was not learning in the way that I thought that most kids learn.  Personalizing my child’s education was a major reason we were homeschooling, so I set off to figure out what made my son tick.  Understanding his unique learning style has made education much easier.

There are many different learning style models out there.  I put together this questionnaire from an assortment of different models.  Many of the models separated learners into a couple categories, but I’ve found real life learners don’t quite fit into one model so well.  Many of them also assumed that a child was in a classroom situation with regular homework assignments.Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

I put together this questionnaire with homeschooling in mind.  This questionnaire looks at whether your child exhibits characteristics of a sequential learner or a global learner.  Some children show a preference and some are more evenly split.  I have one that doesn’t show a preference, one that is global, and one that is sequential.

You will also find questions to help you see whether your child is an auditory learner, a visual learner, a creative learner,  a read/write learner, an interpersonal learner, a kinesthetic learner, or a logical learner.  You will likely discover a couple strong areas, a couple areas that don’t match with your child, and some neutral styles of learning.

I found it helpful to take the quiz myself and compare my own learning style with my children’s learning styles.   Even though I was familiar with my children’s learning styles, this little questionnaire gave me more information on what makes them tick.

Learning Style Questionnaire

1) Likes listening to music.
2) Prefers reading independently over being read to.
3) Hands-on activities are an important part of the learning process.
4) Enjoys strategy games.
5) Can sometimes appear to be scatterbrained.
6) Doodles or drawings are an everyday occurence.
7) Is highly imaginative.
8) Retains information well by just reading.
9) Discussion and debate are enjoyable.
10) Prefers to have things organized.
11) Manages time well.
12) Learns well with videos.
13) Talks to himself/herself.
14) Enjoys group projects
15) To-do lists are used and enjoyed.
16) Detail oriented
17) Would rather work one-on-one with a parent than alone.
18) Fidgets often.
19) Difficult tasks may be easier than simple ones.
20) Enjoys art.
21) Remembers oral instructions.
22) Likes to spend time playing outside.
23) Prefers learning in a step-by-step manner where new concepts build on previously learned material.
24) Craves novelty
25) Flashcards are an efficient way to learn.
26) May arrive at a correct answer, but not be able to show the steps to get there.
27) Likes to figure things out rather than follow the instructions.
28) Prefers to work in a group instead of working alone.
29) Does not learn well with drill and practice.
30) Read alouds are well-loved.
31) Math minded
32) Prefers a more interesting meadering way to learn rather than just getting it done.
33) Pays more attention to a task when it involves movement.
34) Comes up with unique ways to solve a problem.
35) Ideas are more important than details.
36) Would prefer information to be in a list instead of a graphic.
37) Sees pictures or movies in his/her head when reading.
38) Can show the steps taken to come up with an answer.
39) Learns well with workbooks.
40) Can easily identify patterns.
41) Remembers more when reading aloud than when reading silently.
42) Gets along well with others.
43) Needs lots of active breaks when working at a desk or table.
44) Is organized.
45) Prefers books with pictures or graphics.

Be sure to click Submit Quiz to see your results!



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25 Comments:

  1. Score for Sequential: -10
    Score for Global: 14

    Score for Auditory: 15
    Score for Creative: 16
    Score for Interpersonal: -4
    Score for Kinesthetic: 23
    Score for Logical: 18
    Score for Read/Write: 13
    Score for Visual: 21

    Looking for curriculum for him. He is going into 7th, but testing at 4th grade level. New to homeschooling, not sure where to go first

  2. Sequential or Global – no preference. But highly visual. Any tips on where to read more about visual learning?

    Girl 10 year
    Score for Sequential: -3
    Score for Global: -8

    Score for Auditory: 10
    Score for Creative: 8
    Score for Interpersonal: 7
    Score for Kinesthetic: 0
    Score for Logical: -2
    Score for Read/Write: -3
    Score for Visual: 23

  3. Hmmm, I think we can say categorically that my kiddo is a big picture kind of gal lol? That’s not so surprising, and to be honest, I am a little that way myself.

    Is it usual for many of the scores to be so closely aligned?

    Score for Sequential: -19
    Score for Global: 14

    Score for Auditory: 10
    Score for Creative: 13
    Score for Interpersonal: 14
    Score for Kinesthetic: 17
    Score for Logical: -3
    Score for Read/Write: 2
    Score for Visual: 19

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  5. New to homeschooling how do I find a cirriculum for my child’s learning style?
    He loves Minecraft what homeschool materials are out there for that?
    I feel like some of what I got for him is not working.

  6. Alexandra C Hathaway

    Score for Sequential: -3
    Score for Global: 23

    Score for Auditory: 1
    Score for Creative: 23
    Score for Interpersonal: -3
    Score for Kinesthetic: 5
    Score for Logical: 10
    Score for Read/Write: 5
    Score for Visual: 10

  7. I’ve got a 12yo visual / global learner. This matches up with my experience with her very well. We struggle mightily with math….

  8. I’m confused by what to do with this, for my 6 year old girl who’s favorite things to do are make books (write and illustrate), play outside, and be read to constantly.

    Score for Sequential: 11
    Score for Global: 8

    Score for Auditory: 18
    Score for Creative: 21
    Score for Interpersonal: 14
    Score for Kinesthetic: 16
    Score for Logical: 14
    Score for Read/Write: -5
    Score for Visual: 9

  9. Just found your site through Simple Homeschool.My older 2 are polar opposites and this illustrates that. My 10 year old daughter: Global 15, sequential -6, Auditory 23, Visual 19, Creative 17, Interpersonal 14, Kinesthetic 8, Logical -11, Read/Write -15 My 13 year old son: Global -15, sequential 23, Read/Write 19, Logical 19, Interpersonal -7, Auditory -8, Creative -15, Visual -17, Kinesthetic -19. My 7 year old daughter scored: global 3, sequential 2, interpersonal 17, visual 15, auditory 11, Kinesthetic 6, creative 5, logical -3, read/write -3

  10. Score for Sequential: 0
    Score for Global: 12

    Score for Auditory: 14
    Score for Creative: 12
    Score for Interpersonal: 3
    Score for Kinesthetic: 17
    Score for Logical: 12
    Score for Read/Write: -5
    Score for Visual: 3

    3rd grader likes being read to, Minecraft, Pokemon, Life of Fred, being with people, needs physical activity (2 days of PE, gymnastics, soccer, etc. wants to do Jujitsu and Parkour, has wrestled).

  11. I have one child that is global and one that is sequential. Is there a learning environment that both of them can learn?

    • Eclectic Homeschooling

      Sequential learners seem to do well with traditional methods of education, but global learners often require you to think outside the box. If you want to use similar resources, it is possible, but you may have to brainstorm ways to use the resources in different ways for each child to make it work.

  12. I wish I had had this information a couple of years ago. My daughter is in third grade and I’m finally figuring out (before the survey) that she learns better with movement and looking at things in patterns. Your survey gave her a kinesthetic score of 21. I had to look it up, but it fits almost 100%.

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  14. I had my daughter take your learning styles quiz but now my question is how do I translate her scores into actual curriculum? If she’s high on Global for example, what should I be looking for? Thank you for your help!

    • Eclectic Homeschooling

      If your child is high on global, you will not likely find a curriculum that will fit out of the box. In most cases, you will need to adapt. The only one I know that is supposed to be good for global learners is Art of Problem Solving math. The best way to adapt for a global learner that I have found is to make the subject engaging – a way that she would enjoy it. If the subject isn’t engaging, very little progress is made. I hope that helps.

  15. Score for Sequential: -3
    Score for Global: -3

    Score for Auditory: 8
    Three kiddos but this one was interesting

    Score for Creative: 3
    Score for Interpersonal: 14
    Score for Kinesthetic: 14
    Score for Logical: -8
    Score for Read/Write: 4
    Score for Visual: 14

    Daughter 10. Thinking she’s more Global than Sequential

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  17. Score for Sequential: 9
    Score for Global: 6

    Score for Auditory: 14
    Score for Creative: 6
    Score for Interpersonal: 11
    Score for Kinesthetic: 23
    Score for Logical: 14
    Score for Read/Write: -9
    Score for Visual: 12

  18. Thanks for writing this post! I have created teaching tools to help ALL types of preschool learners. Sure pays off to figure this out early on. 😉

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  20. 11 year old:
    Score for Sequential: -19
    Score for Global: 19

    Score for Auditory: 2
    Score for Creative: 21
    Score for Interpersonal: 5
    Score for Kinesthetic: 11
    Score for Logical: 3
    Score for Read/Write: -11
    Score for Visual: 14

    Likes Minecraft projects, Life of Fred, stories

    9 year old:
    Score for Sequential: 19
    Score for Global: -8

    Score for Auditory: 11
    Score for Creative: 2
    Score for Interpersonal: 3
    Score for Kinesthetic: -1
    Score for Logical: 10
    Score for Read/Write: 9
    Score for Visual: 13

    Likes workbooks, reading and writing
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