There is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ learning environment... Some people learn best when they see what is being taught, while others process information best auditorily. Many will prefer movement or touching to make the learning process complete.  The best approach to learning styles is a multisensory approach.  This type of environment allows for children, who are primarily kinesthetic or motor learners, to be able to learn through touch and movement; it allows the visual learner to see the concept being taught, and the auditory learner to hear and verbalize what is being taught. Ideally, the best learning takes place when the different types of processing abilities can be utilized.  Dr. Mel Levine had this in mind when he wrote his book, “A Mind At A Time.” This book explains how we learn and why it is okay to learn the way we are wired.
   The theory of multiple intelligences- is one that we believe makes sense...  Dr. Howard Gardner, in his original book, “Multiple Intelligences” refers to eight different forms of intelligence, refuting the theory that there is just one way to measure a child’s intellect. 
   There is also the frustration that can happen when the process of learning is blocked...
or thwarted due to some type of learning interference.  Difficulties in learning can be exacerbated by the way they are handled or ignored in childhood.  Physical limitations and perceptual motor issues also play a big role in the ability to receive or process knowledge.
   The desire to learn is in our nature as human beings... God created us to be inquisitive and creative.  It is our intrinsic desire to want to acquire knowledge, but the way in which we learn and our reasons for learning can be very different.  According to the Random House College Dictionary, to learn is “to acquire knowledge or skill by study, instruction or experience.”  The Bible invites us to learn, by the hearing of the Ten Commandments, to respond to the Lord our God in worship, trust, service, obedience and commitment (Deut 31:9-13).  Jesus gives us rest for our souls from the burden of sins when we take His yoke upon us and learn from Him (Matt, 11:28-30).  We will be ready to follow God’s leading when we continue in what we have learned from scripture (2 Tim. 3:14-17).  God wants the transformation of our minds and our lives as we live for Him.  The dictionary defines what learning is, and the Bible helps us understand the reasons we learn.

Marian Soderholm
Erik Soderholm
Educational Assessment Services