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The Kinesthetic Learner

The Kinesthetic Learner

Learning With Our Senses 

While working with my 8 year old grandson, I observed how he learned things I had taught him. When I saw he was having difficulty remembering his letters and sounds, I use my hands to teach him how to connect the two. For example, for the letter “I”

I would touch my nose and say “itch” for the short “I” sound.

For the letter “U”, I touched my chin and said the word “up” for the short “U” sound.

Now whenever he comes across a word he does not know,  he sounds it out.

He touches his hands to his nose for the “I” sound, or his hand to his chin for the “U” sound.

He is excellent in gymnastics and excels well beyond his age.

He is fantastic a lego, doing art projects and working with his hands.

In short, he learns best by touching or feeling in order to remember.


As defined on Wikipedia:

” Kinesthetic learning    (also known as tactile learning) is a Learning style in which learning takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. People with a preference for kinesthetic learning are also commonly known as “do-ers”. Tactile-kinesthetic learners make up about five percent of the population.
Strategies for Kinesthetic
Allow them to study while sitting on the floor, or walking around the room.

Give them a ball to bounce while studying math facts, or spelling words.

Write words on paper using texture to help them remember the words. (Example: use sand paper or glitter glue.)

Give clues using hand movements or by pointing to help them remember facts.

Allow them to participate in gymnastics, dance or athletics, where they often excel.

Provide opportunities for building, art projects, puzzles and/or working with tools .

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