Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | November 16, 2009

Suggestions for Kinesthetic learners

Today’s post is the last of a series of three on learning styles, focusing on the Kinesthetic learner.

If you think that your child is a Kinesthetic learner, here are some ways to help him or her learn:

  • Keep your explanations short and to the point.
  • Let your child discuss the learning with you. This type of learner likes to be a part of the process.
  • Use imagery, hands-on learning opportunities, and direct involvement as much as possible.
  • Allow your child to be physical when possible. For example, when my son is memorizing information, I encourage him to read the information out loud while he’s walking around the room. He gets to be active and learn at the same time. Or when he is learning new spelling words, I have him write the words he is struggling with, so that he is physically practicing his spelling test.
  • Summarize directions, especially if they are lengthy and complicated. But also help your child to practice reading directions, because this might not be their strong point.
  • Use practice and playacting. Sometimes when my child is struggling with a concept, I will act out the concept. This usually leads to a lot of laughing, but he remembers it!
  • Let your child have periodic breaks while studying, where he or she can move around. Sitting down to do homework without some physical break can be hard for this type of learner, especially after being at school all day.

I hope the last three blogs on learning styles ideas have inspired you…it was a good reminder for me to use more at home too!  🙂

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  1. I’m enjoying your daily doses of encouragement!

    • I’m so glad! 🙂


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