Kinetic Learners!!!

Kinetic Learners!!!

How to tell if your child is kinetic!

They are very active
Not able to sit still long
Talks with body language and gestures
They like to show you better than tell you
Always touching and feeling things
Good at mimicking others
They like those amusement rides unless they make them sick, then they avoid them
Naturally athletic and loves sports
Sometimes they are labeled with attention deficient disorder
Remembers what they do very well
They remember best by getting physically involved in whatever is being taught
Acting out what you are reading
Enjoys making and creating things
Will take notes to keep busy but will not often use them.
Enjoys using computers
Has trouble staying still or in one place for a long time, hates lectures!
Enjoys hands-on activities
Seems to want to fiddle with small objects while listening or working
Likes to eat snacks while studying.
Is not great at spelling
Does not have great handwriting
Likes science labs, hands on work!
Studies with music on
Likes adventure books, movies
Likes role playing
Takes breaks when studying
Easily distracted by activity around them
Has good coordination
Best ideas and energy will come when engaging in some physical activities
Likes spending free time outdoors
Working with jigsaws puzzles
Some prefer to take an engine apart and put it back together, than do any reading or looking at diagrams about how it works.
They tend to lose concentration if there is little or no external stimulation or movement with what they are learning
They can remember how to do things after they've done them only once (motor memory).
Have good motor coordination.
They remember best the things they experience

How kinetic kids learn!

They must do things for themselves to have the best chance of learning.
When they are listening to lectures they may want to take notes just so they can move their hands.
When reading, they like to just scan over the material first, and then check out the details of it.
They might use color highlighters and take notes by drawing pictures, diagrams, or doodling.
Play music, when appropriate, during activities.
Be sure to use colored markers to show main points on charts, chalkboards and white boards.
Give them lots of stretch breaks
Make sure they have toys such as Koosh balls or Play-Dough to give them something to do with their hands.
Give them colored pencils, markers, highlighter pens to use
They are most successful when totally involved with the learning activity
They will receive information fastest when participating in a science lab, drama presentation, skit, field trip, dance, or other active activity.
Be sure to use touch, action, movement and hands-on work in your learning activities
Use real objects as much as possible.
Let the child touch what ever they are learning about as much as you can.
Flashcards can help them memorize information because they can touch and move them around.
Also remember that writing and drawing diagrams are physical activities, so be sure to let them use these activities
Use big sheets of paper and large color markers for your diagrams.
To remember a phone number some learners may remember the pattern of their fingers as the press the numbers.
Let them studying in short sessions
Take them on field trips, library, museums
They like to study with others
Use memory games to teach with
The worse things for them to do is to take long tests or do essays
How they learn best is with fill ins, multiple choice, short definitions
To help them with memorization let them pace or walk around while reciting to yourself or using flashcards or notes.

Things they enjoy doing, making dioramas, working with modeling clay, scrap booking, using a color book, crafts, dance, demonstrations, games using the body, needlework, rocking and reading, making a video, making posters, dressing up as characters, anything on the chalkboard/whiteboard, charades, pantomimes, plays, calculators, puzzles, walking and reading, puppet shows, workbooks, musical performances, labs, cut and paste tasks, making mobiles, making displays

They might study better laying on their stomach or back, or in a comfortable chair or bean bag
When they are trying to memorize info, have them close their eyes and air write the info or on a surface, also tell them to try to hear the words in their heads.
Try not to do just one thing only , let them do various things like drawing, playing board games, following instructions to make something, movement activities,
Working in a standing position might help
Letting them chew gum while doing school work will help keep them doing their work
Kinetic learners learn while they are walking around while listening.
Kinesthetic Vocabulary Charades: Help your child make a list of words and their definitions. Take turns with your kinesthetic child selecting a word and acting it out silently, so the other can guess which word is being dramatized. If you go first, select a word, act it out, and have your child guess which word you are acting out. Then have your child select a word and act it out, and you guess the meaning. Points can be awarded for each correct guess.
use those magnetic letters to teach spelling, they can touch the letters and move them around so that makes it easier to remember for them. Also let them trace the letters with their fingers.
Be sure to keep the lessons short and offer 5 min. breaks
spelling games will work, use flash cards,
Having them write their spelling words on flashcards will help
Language arts
use computer, typing helps and its movement
Use word tiles to make sentences
Sentences strips to make paragraphs
also use computer, games online
write problems on chalkboard/whiteboard
teach them math by using manipulatives! so they can move things around and touch!
they can also learn math by writing out the facts
Using everyday situation will help with teaching math, like shopping, cooking
Let them walk around while reading or some kind of movement
Letting them act out the store while they listen might help
Teach phonics using hands on games, let the child handle any cards etc you use, use recipe cards with sounds on them, let them build works with them
sign them up for some sports, they love it!


heidihomeschoolmom said...

Oh My Goodness - You just described my child to the teeee. I always new she was this type of learner, but to see it all in writing just reaffirmed what I new. I needed that reminder. Thank you for posting this. :)

Cara said...

Thanks for the welcome at HSL. Great blog! I will be following from now on! :)

Isabelle said...
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Isabelle said...

Thank you so much for posting this - my 4 yr old daughter leapt out of the page! And it gave me an good insight into MY (previously undiagnosed!) learning style which is going to help me so much with the Maths qualification that I'm struggling with at the moment. Also, I felt really proud of myself for having put a few of the tips into place myself as trial and error before even reading up on it - maternal confidence boosted! Thank you!

2littlehearts said...

Have you ever read the book, "How Your Child is Smart," by Dawna Markova? She writes about different learning styles and how to meet the needs of those styles. It's very interesting. I enjoyed your post. We have some kinetic learners in our home.

Anna said...

I have given you the Versitile Blogger Award!

debbie said...

thank you anna!!!


hillbillywoman said...

My little 2 yr. 11 mo. old grandson is a kinetic learner. I am homeschooling him. You can see what we are doing in class if you check out my blog
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web shy said...

Wow!! Thank you. We pulled our son out of public school to homeschool him, but I was pulling my hair out until I read your article. Awesome article.