As Vangie Sanchez puts her two boys - Rafael, 8 years old, and Milo, 4 years old - to sleep, she cannot help but think about how surprisingly similar they are. Her two angels have mestizo-like features, soft brown hair, contagious energy that lasts the whole day, and smiles that can light up an entire room. Aside from their love for playing Logico and listening to their mom read stories, the boys are also alike in other ways. “Raffy and Milo are very curious and fast learners. They listen well and ask questions when they do not understand something,” she adds. They could easily be mistaken for twins (if it weren’t for the age difference) and yet Vangie knows that as far as similarities go, as with all children, theirs have limits.
More than the Disney versus Spongebob debate that goes on between the two boys in front of the television, Vangie says that the two are also very different individuals in their attitude towards learning. “Raffy enjoys doing his schoolwork, while Milo needs a bit more pushing to do so,” she says. The reason as to why innumerable day-and-night differences exist between them, however, cannot be a simple matter of having different tastes. What brings about these differences in what attracts or interests them has something to do with how they perceive things, how they think and feel, and all in all, how they learn.
Learning Styles Learning styles center more on the how of learning and less on the what. Instead of focusing on content and end-products, the different styles in learning are much more concerned with the individual differences of how people think or feel, or in a nutshell, the process of learning.
Monica Verdadero, a preschool teacher at an exclusive all-girls private school in Antipolo, stresses this by saying that a learning style refers to an approach to learning. “It is a way or a strategy in carrying out or applying a mental task,” she says. There have been a lot of researches on the different classifications of learners but Verdadero focuses on the three basic ones: visual learners, auditory learners and kinesthetic learners.