Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 17, 2009

Even more specific ideas for Kinesthetic learners

The ideas for Kinesthetic learners continue from the last two posts…

Breaktime needed

  • Kinesthetic learners need periodic breaks because they like to move around. While learning, movement of any kind actually helps kinesthetic learners. You may notice your child tapping his pencil or twirling her hair while reading…these are the kinds of things kinesthetic learners might do, and usually without even realizing it. One thing I’ve tried with my kinesthetic learner is having him break his homework into chunks. I have him work on his math, and then take a fifteen minute break. You’d better believe that fifteen minute break is always filled with some sort of physical playing. He is bursting with excitement to move around during his breaks. I set the timer, and when it buzzes, he has to come back and do the next section of his homework.

Interesting memories

  • Kinesthetic learners typically have an excellent sense of direction. You can try to use that skill to their advantage. For example, if you are teaching a kinesthetic learner about a math problem, you can use a driving route they are familiar with to help them imagine the process. For example, you could say, “How many blocks do we need to go before we get to the end of our road?”, and use the child’s number to help begin building the math problem. This helps the learner practice by relating to tangible things with which he or she can identify.
  • On the flipside, don’t become frustrated if your child struggles with memory at other times. Your kinesthetic learner may forget a word and describe something as a “what-cha-ma-call-it”. Just remember that a kinesthetic child learns best by doing, rather than through verbal cues.

Keep in mind that your child may be more than one type of learner.  You can look back at the posts on all three types of learners and see which they most connect with.  For example, I can relate to both the Visual and Kinesthetic learner styles.



  1. I had to write a pre-K program for Kate (and then adapt it for Jonas) because she was so kinesthetic. I thought for awhile that she would never learn anything but then wrote her program to movement. We moved to everything! She learned more in that year than I ever believed that she could learn at that age and the learning has gone on since in leaps and bounds. It just needed that right spark to get it going.

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