Many teachers or even doctors might confuse a kinesthetic learner with having ADHD or being hyperactive (or even difficult). More times than not, kinesthetic learners are extremely bright, active and simply learn best through movement.
Learning through movement
Does your child learn best through touch and motion? Does he enjoy putting things together and taking them apart? Does your child find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time? Does he fidget, tap or doodle while working and listening?
If you answered yes to most of the above questions, you might have a kinesthetic learner. Hands-on activities, read-alouds, manipulatives and role-play will yield the best results with tactile learners.
LDPride explains how a kinesthetic person learns best. “Tactile/kinesthetic persons learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.”
Kinesthetic learning success
If you're struggling to teach your child, you might want to think outside the box and try some unconventional ways of teaching.
Resources for kinesthetic learners
You might be wondering if homeschooling your kinesthetic learner means allowing them to do whatever they want. You should try to cater to your child's needs within your behavior limits. Kinesthetic learners learn differently, so embrace the differences and just keep moving!
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