Learning, Brain & Your Child

Every child is a genius. Each one comes into this world packed with the potentials and latent energy to grow into great human beings. Teachers and parents should realise this and empower themselves to draw out the best in kids. It is their duty to create the right environment and developmental impulse to ignite each child's potentials and individuality to enrich the society and themselves.

Helping to learn and learning to help the little genius

Children learn differently. Some learn through seeing, some through listening and some others through doing and feeling. Most of them use a combination. Yet, they tend to prefer one of the three over the other two. Though less commonly, some show an equal preference to more than one. Generally speaking children have a certain block to learn anything that is presented to them through a medium that is not preferred. So the best way to get them interested and learn well, is to present what to learn, in a medium that attracts them the most.

On the basis of their preference, children may be categorised into: Predominantly

  • Visual learners:
  • Auditory learners and
  • Kinaesthetic learners

Each category of learners, has its own set of characteristics. These characteristics can be used to identify or profile individual learners. Once identified, parents and teachers can use individual-specific teaching-learning strategies to optimise the child's learning output. It is good to remember that all normal learners use all styles but with varying importance.

Used in conjunction with Multiple Intelligences, 'Whole Brain thinking and Emotional Optimisation Strategies, Learning Style Profiling can be a productive way to ensure accelerated learning outcomes. Let us begin with the simplest. Though simple, it will help you to know your kids better and to help them fast-track their skill acquisition and knowledge acquisition more enthusiastically.

Do not overdo. "VAK" is great but not everything! Don't be obsessed with the importance of the VAK Preferential Model. We hope to introduce you to an extended model of VAK in due course. We call it the the Neo-VAK Model Or the Cross Sensory Model. It will deepen your understanding of your kids. But, let us start light and simple. Let us start with the VAK Model. And do stay tuned in for more ...

Best wishes to you and your kids!

KB Kumar

Mr KB Kumar, the former National Director of FIITJEE India and Director and Senior Vice President of the famed Shri Ram Group' is a veteran educationist and educational administrator. A faculty member of IGNOU and a government college in the early phase of his career, he switched to school education and served Rishi Valley School, acclaimed to be one of the world's best. Later, he rose to be the highest graded Principal of the Maldivian Educational Service and a Senior Officer of the Ministry.

Mr Kumar is an expert allrounder with rich international exposure to Curriculum Development, text-book creation, school envisioning, educational innovation, teacher & leader training and aesthetic arts. Several curriculum books and educator training resources came to be created under his mentorship. Mr Kumar has been a leader of ASCD (USA) and worked with Harvard University on Differentiated Instruction customising strategies for diverse segments of schools and colleges in India, besides doing a PPE at Harvard in Leading Educational Systems at the National Level. He has mentored several top- grade educational professionals including Senior Managers and Principals and got multiple national awards and recognitions for the institutions he headed abroad. After retiring from Shri Ram, he helped to bring up an International School in Kerala as its Chief Educationist and Chief Mentor.