Organizing Styles | Tactile Learner Success Strategies

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I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember.

I do and I understand.

Confucius

 

Over the last month, I have written about The Visual Learner and The Auditory Learner. This week, I will share with you the strategies for success, best responsibilities, and best organizing items for the Tactile Learner.

Take this Learning Style Assessment to discover what your child’s, and even your learning style is. It may make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting organized. The assessment has 4 styles of learning that include:

  • Visual Learner
  • Auditory Learner
  • Kinesthetic / Tactile Learner
  • Reading/Writing Learner

Tactile Learner Success Strategies

  • When it is time to teach your Tactile Learner a new task, have them do the task right alongside you. They must be in on the action.
  • Tactile learners love routines! They learn best with repetition.
  • Let your tactile learners help create their chore chart or checklist.
  • Tactile learners love to have fun. Turn chores into a game. A great game when they are “decluttering” their toys is to have them pick up by weight, by size, by color.
  • Clutter is distracting for tactile learners. Make sure their study area and sleep area are free from clutter. Play the decluttering game daily.
  • Play the beat the clock or beat the song game. Can they finish decluttering a given area or certain toys before the song is over, or the clock strikes 12?
  • Tactile learners like lots of space.

Responsibilities Tactile Learner’s Do Well With

  • When at the grocery store, tactile learners like to push the cart and fill the cart with items off of the list.
  • Tactile Learners are quite coordinated and physical, so the following chores are great for them.
    • Working in the yard
    • Mopping the floor
    • Walking the dog
    • Taking out the trash
    • Washing the car
    • Wiping baseboards
    • Dusting
    • Getting the mail
    • Sweeping
    • Taking items from one room to another
  • Please make sure the chores are age-appropriate. This list outlines what a child can do and when.

Organizing Tools for the Tactile Learner

  • Lists or checklists that they helped to create. They love to check off completed tasks, so this works well on a dry erase board.
  • You might consider a chore app* for your child. Something they can check off when they have completed a task.

* I personally have not used any of these apps as I don’t have children at home anymore. I am recommending you take a look at them and maybe give them a try. I would…However, I am not endorsing any of them as I haven’t used them.  

  • Use a timer to play “beat the clock” or put on a song and play “beat the song.”
  • Bins that are on wheels or with handles that they can move around work well.
  • Dry-erase boards or chalkboards work well. Tactile Learners like lots of space, and this enables them to write down lists or notes.
  • Make a chore wheel. Let your child spin the wheel to see what decluttering or organizing task they get to do this time around.
  • Tactile learners like clipboards rather than notebooks.

Getting and staying organized depends on us knowing and doing things routinely.
Helping your child along this journey by teaching and assigning tasks that are a necessity in life, and making it as easy for them as possible, is such a gift. It’s the rare person that has someone to do everything for them as adults.
Impart the gift of responsibility to your kids. They will thank you for it in the long run.

Action Items:

Which of these strategies appealed to you?
Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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