1. Kinesthetic learners need to move. They wiggle, tap, swing their legs, bounce, and often just can’t seem to sit still. They learn through their bodies and their sense of touch.
2. They have excellent “physical” memory – they learn quickly and permanently what they DO as they are learning.
3. Kinesthetic Leaners are often gifted in athletics, dancing, and other physical activities.
4. They are generally very coordinated and have an excellent sense of their body in space and of body timing. They have great hand-eye coordination and quick reactions.
Kinesthetic learners are learners who need body movement and hands-on work. This is also true for tactile learners and children who have been labeled dyslexic, ADD, and ADHD.
5. Teach them to use deep breathing and purposeful relaxation to help with focus.
6. Information they learned via body movement is stored in the brain and if the child repeats that movement, it will not only help them focus, but will also help them remember what they learned.
7. Use skits for learning concepts and gestures for learning sight words, for example. Body movement as they learn will hold their focus on the lesson.
8. They will focus more easily if they have objects to manipulate instead of always using pencil and paper.
Incorporate movement and images in every part of the lesson
While some people believe that a teacher would have to teach several different ways in order to accommodate the various learning styles, we don't think so.
9. Let them move! If you tell them they can stand up, swing their legs, or even pace the floor as long as they are not disrupting the other students, their performance will improve.
10. Use novelty and change where you teach lesson in order to help break up long periods of time when the students would be sitting in their desks.
11. Teach kinesthetic learners to visualize themselves doing what they are learning. If you are teaching them steps for solving a problem, have them go inside their imaginations and “see” themselves following the steps.
12. Their attention follows their hands. Teach them draw sketches or diagrams of what they are hearing in a lesson, or when doing a sheet of math problems, teach them to point to each problem they come to. Let them use flashcards with information they are learning
Teachers will be successful in reaching all their learners at one time if they will develop a teaching style that is a synthesis of methods that target the whole brain.
13. Tactile learners are closely related to kinesthetic learners. The tactile style is more moderate involving fine motor movements rather than whole body movement.
14. They learn primarily through the sense of touch.
15. They learn best through hands-on activities
16. They express their learning best with projects they make such as mini-books, games, dioramas, skits, model making, building blocks, art materials, math manipulatives, and so forth.
Our teaching resources have been specifically designed with your child in mind. Every resource relies on tactile and kinesthetic strategies, visuals, and story elements that create a comprehensive learning experience for kinesthetic and tactile learners.
Learning will be so much easier for your child, but the experience of teaching will be so much easier for you, too! You won’t have to create opportunities for movement and hands-on activities because the resources are designed to include these strategies.
These resources provide a hands-on learning experience.