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The Learning Skills of Small Children

As a young child, you possessed a totally open mind. Your brain was a sponge and you probably learned equally well by all three methods of learning.

If you learned to walk at a very early age (before 1 year of age), your parents probably thought you were a genius. Actually, you were simply demonstrating your kinesthetic learning abilities.

If you possessed good hand to eye coordination -- if you could throw or catch a ball at a young age -- you were using your kinesthetic learning skills.

Usually, an infant or a toddler spends a lot of time touching objects, attempting to reach for objects, putting various things in his or her mouth, etc. The child is learning kinesthetically.

Small children also will learn visually. As our kinesthetic learner becomes 1 or 2, possibly, much time is spent learning visually. It is not uncommon to substitute the TV as a baby sitter for a toddler. A 1-year-old may not be able to say, "Barney" or "Big Bird," but that child recognizes these characters from exposure to TV or videos.

Very often, when you speak to 2- or 3-year-olds, they will get that faraway look in their eyes, as if they were actually seeing something. For example, you may say to a 3-year old, "Do you remember what Santa brought you last Christmas?" Before the child responds, he or she begins to gaze at a wall or window, as if last Christmas were being replayed before his or her eyes. The child is clearly reflecting learning (memory) based on visual stimulation.