Visuals for Kids : Enhancing Communication and Learning

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1. How do we remember?

We are exposed to an awful amount of visual information nowadays. The media itself admits the influence of visuals over auditory and is increasingly relying on such content. There is a 4000% increase in visuals in literature since 1990, 9900% on the internet since 2007, and 142% in newspapers.

Statistics show that we learn in normal day-to-day living as follows:

3% through taste, 3% through smell, 6% through touch, 13% through hearing, 75% through seeing

Typically, in 3 days we remember:

10% of all we hear, 35% of all we see, and 65% of all we see and hear at the same time

2. Using visuals for kids in the educational process

But how does all that apply to children and affect their learning?

Children a visually wired – 50% of their brain is involved in visual processing, 70% of all their sensory receptors are in their eyes and they get the sense of a picture in 1/10th of a second. But it is not a secret that children suffer from information overload – they receive 5 times more information than kids in 196 and consume 34GB of information outside school every day. Having in mind that kids read only 28% of the words, visiting a website (for example), it is crucial to include visuals in the study process.

Again, statistics come to prove this point: color visuals increase willingness to read by 80%, and comprehension is increased by 95% when using pictures alongside text. Last but not least, kids follow directions with visuals 323% better, than instructions just with text.

Amongst the other benefits of using visuals for kids are reducing anxiety, resistance to change, and social isolation, helping children with challenging behavior, motivation, and understanding, and serving as a tool to assist with transitions.

3. Know how the children learn in your classroom

Psychologists distinguish 3 types of learners. Even at an early age, we have our own preferred learning style, which sticks with us also in adulthood.

3.1. Visual learners

3.2. Auditory learners

11% of people learn by hearing.

These children usually enjoy music and pay attention to sounds. They prefer to tell them what to do. They enjoy talking and listening to conversations.

3.3. Kinesthetic learners

6% of people learn by touching, moving, and doing.

These are often the most active kids in the classroom and they will need to touch and do something, in order to understand it. Complicated instructions might confuse them. Children of this type can’t seem to sit still, but actually, they remember easily and with a lot of detail.

Of course, children have a preferred learning style, but they often combine different types of learning. Therefore, teachers should pay attention то each one of their students’ learning processes. Still, it is safe to say, that the majority in class would respond really well to teaching with the help of visuals.

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