Animals, plants, bugs, rocks, showing an interest in these things or science in general shows an aptitude for being a naturalistic learner. Both my 11 and 9 year old daughters are this type of learner but in different ways.
Abigail(11) enjoys mostly animals and bugs, while Debra (9) gravitates towards all types of plants and vegetation. They much rather prefer being outside even in cold frigid temperatures. It’s a good thing we live on a farm with plenty of land to roam! When it’s not possible to take their schooling outdoors, placing them by a window or one of our big sliding doors helps tremendously.
A naturalistic learner is very much like a kinesthetic learner in many ways. They love to be able to touch, feel, hold, and do. Digging in the dirt, climbing trees, collecting samples, gathering more items for their collections help these types of learners experience and observe their natural surroundings. They are very in tune with the environment.
Teaching techniques to help naturalistic learners include:
- magnifying glasses
- collecting bugs or rocks
- classifying items or information
- make comparisons with what they know about nature to what they are learning
- studying outside: in a tree, in a hammock, on the grass
- graphs and charts
- nature walks
- nature journals
You can also use many of the same teaching techniques as kinesthetic/learners