How the Brain Learns Best

A Presentation for Parents
featuring Dr. Arlene Taylor Ph.D. – Part 2 Series
May 2 11:00 AM

Arlene R. Taylor, PhD

No one knows for sure exactly how the brain learns—but it will learn! Depending on the environment, the brain may not learn what you want it to learn and may learn undesirable things. Studies have shown how the brain learns best.

  1. Children learn best in an environment that is ‘safe,’ where they are encouraged and rewarded for trying and are not punished for mistakes or expected to be perfect.
  2. Children learn from role-models. What you do teaches far more than what you say.
  3. Children learn more quickly in homes and schools with people of different ages, where they can learn through practical activities and differing viewpoints.
  4. Children learn through play. Play is the work of children. If there is not enough play time, compare it to adults who work 18 hours a day and rarely play.
  5. Children learn best through multi-sensory processing:
    • Visual – they see and can watch
    • Auditory – they read, listen, and write
    • Kinesthetic – they smell, taste, and can participate hands-on
  6. Children learn by being read to and by reading aloud.
  7. Children learn best when they are enjoying what they do and are having fun learning.