As they grow, children absorb a lot of information, some of which is forgotten and some of which is used and applied in their daily lives. Many infants begin absorbing information from the day they are born and language acquisition can start in the womb. However, as infants grow into toddlers, they begin to explore their world more thoroughly and learn larger concepts, such as reading, writing and talking. However, these concepts can be broken down into sensitive periods. Montessori sensitive periods are when children between birth and age 7 go through an increased learning phase. So, the age of your child can help determine how best your child will learn, whether it be by visual, auditory, or physical cues.
Visual and Auditory
From birth to around the age of six children are using their senses and refining them. This can be a big development for children and helps immensely with the acquisition of language. Simply listening to people speak or watching how people move their mouths as they speak can help an individual learn new words or phrases. Having visual representations of common items can also help put the word to that item. Many children learn to read and write through a mixture of visual and auditory learning.
Another way that children learn is through physical manipulation. From birth to around four and a half, children are extremely physical, learning by moving both themselves and the items around them. This helps develop their sense of touch. This movement can help children explore art, sports, and architecture. It can also be instrumental in teaching a child to share. Using physical examples to explain more complex concepts can help children understand concepts more easily.
Learning something new can be difficult for many people, but using one or a combination of visual, auditory, and physical cues, may help.