Almost everyone begins life as a kinesthetic learner. I’m sure you’ve noticed how babies and toddlers tend to grab everything within reach and put it into their mouths. This is how they learn about the world. As children grow, learn language and start recognizing objects in the world by sight, other learning styles emerge. Sight and sound become as important as touch and taste and they learn to use them all to some degree but they usually develop a preference favoring one method over another. It’s interesting to note that 70% of little boys are kinesthetic learners. On the other hand, most schools are set up for visual learners. But don’t worry. There are things we can do to bring it into balance.
If your child learns best by doing:
- They works best in short spurts
- Their body may be in constant motion and they have high energy
- Let them touch things
- Use movement, games, songs, or silly rhymes to help them remember and learn new things
Kinesthetic learners learn best by moving their bodies, activating their large or small muscles as they learn. These are ‘hands on’ learners or the ‘doers’ who actually concentrate better and learn more easily when movement is involved. The following characteristics are often associated with kinesthetic learners.
- often wiggle, tap their feet, or move their legs when they sit
- were often labeled hyperactive as children
- learn through movement so they often do well as performers, athletes, actors, or dancers
- work well with their hands so they may be good at repairing work, sculpting, art, or working with various tools
- are often well-coordinated and have a strong sense of timing and body movement