If your child is struggling with reading and you suspect he/she is a kinesthetic learner, we can help! Reading is hard for kinesthetic children primarily because these children learn by moving and because they think in pictures. And let’s face it: the way we teach reading requires children to sit still and try to make sense of a bunch of symbols.
1. Struggling readers will need to regain belief in themselves. The best way to help them with this is to make sure they understand their learning strengths. Tell them that you are going to use something that matches their ability to learn quickly and permanently. Tell them if they see a picture of what they are learning and if they use a matching body movement, learning will be easy for them!
2. The second critical point is that struggling readers will need to see rapid success in order to attract them to try to read once again. Getting a child reading doesn’t have to take years.
3. Keep in mind that if kinesthetic children are struggling with reading, it means they have already been taught using a traditional method and traditional materials and if they are struggling it also means neither has matched their learning abilities. We need to use something radically different if we want success.
Here are four broad scenarios. As you read them, see if you can find the scenario that best fits where your child is in relation to reading.
This group of children are those for whom working with symbols (letters) are nearly impossible. They don’t learn at all by memorizing facts, such as letter name and sound, they don’t “get” that sounds string together to make words. Basically, when they see symbols, they can’t attach any meaning to them.
The very best thing to do for these children is to use an approach to reading that is designed to completely tap into the way they learn – because learn they can!
Using Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit 1 will take your children from zero to reading at a solid post-1st-grade level… all from a kinesthetic/visual approach that is designed especially for visual and kinesthetic learners.
Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit 1 will require about 20-30 minutes a day, so you can use it for homeschooling OR you can use it to bring your child up to speed over the summer or during the school year.
We have reports of success with kids even up to age 11 who were non-readers. There is something especially fine about striking a match between a child’s learning needs and the correct resource and seeing the wonderful outcome for the child!
Hannah C on Jan 27, 2017
"I am using the Easy for Me teaching Manual with my 4 year old son this year and we are loving it! This is my first year homeschooling and this manual has made it very easy for me teach him! It really does take a lot of the work out of it so it's more fun. Each lesson lists all of the resources you will need and which are included in the manual, as well as suggested books and across the curriculum ideas! My son was so excited to get to lesson 20 (when he could read his first book) and was so proud of himself when he read it that he asked for another book to read! Thank you for a great product!"
This group of children is not able to read for content and this is a problem because all through school, reading is the basis for learning anything else. The worst thing is that, especially for a kinesthetic learner, when reading is so hard, they will just give up.
Our primary goal with this category of learning is to increase children’s fluency and comprehension before tackling the structure of language (phonics and spelling). This will accomplish our primary goal of producing readers who enjoy reading.
The easiest, most straight-forward way to accomplish our goals for this category of children is to use SnapWords®. This resource is nearly magical in producing fluency and comprehension for children. Here’s why:
This design provides instantly all the hooks for learning and remembering that most children need in order to be successful in learning.
Once your kinesthetic children have mastered the collection of SnapWords®, they will be able to fluently read and you can teach them the nuts and bolts of reading (see category 4, below).
GREAT TEACHING PRODUCT
Sharon on Feb 15, 2016 (Purchased Lists A, B, & C)
"I bought these for my daughter (at her request) to use for her 1st grade students. She has a mixture of levels of learning and some of them she was having trouble keeping their attention. When she used the sample cards, she was so excited! The kids all paid attention, were excited about learning and could also pick out the words in different situations. She thinks these are GREAT! Even her more advanced students asked "Why are you not doing those with us?" So now she is!"
SNAPWORDS ARE ENGAGING AND FUN!
Unknown on Feb 15, 2016
"I couldn't be happier with SnapWords. They have brought a whole new level of interest in and engagement with teaching sight words. Great concept and one that is improving learning in my classroom."
The children in category 3 differ from those in category 2 in that they have less understanding of how to even tackle reading. They have learned some basics, but your intuition is telling you that it would be best for them if you teach every aspect of reading in a way that especially designed for them. They don’t just need a little jump-start. They need the reading taught in a way that they can learn and in a way that will set their course towards success.
Easy-for-Me Teaching Kit Grade 2 will empower you as you teach your struggling readers all the concepts of reading. Skills taught include:
Upon completion of this kit, your kinesthetic children will be reading at a solid post-2nd-grade level, amply prepared to read content across the curriculum. As children progress through the lessons, they will be learning a lot about how they learn. This is important because understanding their own learning strengths will empower them to help themselves in the future.
These children display some of these characteristics:
Kinesthetic learners need to discover the patterns that make sense of our very confusing language. Teaching them phonics rules which they have to apply to figuring out new words just doesn’t work. They can’t rely on memorizing for learning the structuring of words because they don’t learn and remember this way.
Some children are struggling readers because they are hung up on the inconsistencies in our language. They can’t find order and so they shut down. Children as old as middle school who fail spelling tests consistently also struggle with reading because they just don’t “get” how our words are put together.
A visual/tactile approach to learning the structure of language has proved to be the one thing that could take middle schoolers reading on a 2nd-grade level and propel them to grade level. Once they understood how our words are structured, they suddenly began to see all the patterns that exist in our language and reading became much easier for them!
The wonderful thing about the Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling Kit is that it “covers” word structure from preschool through adult! It is not age- or grade-specific, rather it is language specific. The benefit to students of using this collection of resources is that while they are learning the building blocks of words, they will be
GREAT WAY TO TEACH SPELLING
Lisa on Feb 16, 2016
"This is exactly what I was looking for in a spelling curriculum, but didn't even know it! My son dreaded phonics. I started questioning teaching him all these "rules" that don't even work most of the time in English. This breaks down all the possible sounds in the language, plus looks fun and inviting. Another winner!"
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