Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 10, 2009

Specific ideas for Kinesthetic learners

If your child does not like to read directions, needs frequent breaks while learning, and has a hard time sitting still while learning, he or she may be a kinesthetic learner. Below are some specific examples that you can try to help your kinesthetic learner.

Pay attention to how you use verbal cues for learning

  • Keep your explanations short and to the point. Auditory learners like to hear lots of words, but kinesthetic learners don’t. Using too many words can be irritating for them, and overwhelming. If your child is struggling with learning a new concept, think carefully about how to best teach them about the concept. Think about how you can involve your child in learning the concept in a physical way if possible, or at least in a way that they are involved in the discussion, rather than simply having to hear the explanation.
  • Let your child discuss the topic they are learning with you. This type of learner likes to be a part of the process. By participating and talking through the information, this learner is able to be physical through their mouth and body language as they speak.
  • Explain information in the order that it takes to physically do a task. Your kinesthetic learner will be imagining the process as you explain it, which is his or her of trying to experience it.

Summarize directions

  • Summarizing directions for your kinesthetic learner is especially helpful if the directions are complicated or lengthy. And remember that how complicated something is depends on the person. Something that seems simple to an adult can indeed be very complicated for a child.

Let your child do it

  • When possible, let your child do the skill as they learn it. For example, when it was time for me to teach my child how to use the mouse with a computer, I would usually place his hand on the mouse, and my hand over his. Together we would click on the mouse and move the mouse around to make the computer do what we wanted. The physical experience helped my child learn as he tried it himself, and my hand acted as a guide while his fingers learned the skill.

I will continue with more ideas for Kinesthetic learners in future posts.

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