After having a bit of a homeschool struggle, I discovered that my son was a kinesthetic leaner. I made a few simple changes to our regular school routine to better help him understand the concepts I was trying to teach him.
Here are a few tricks that I have learned so far.
- I try to turn everything into a game because it seems to keep his attention better. He sees it as a game; I see it as learning.
- I allow him to use any of the construction paper, index cards, printer paper, markers, dry erase boards, or anything else he may find in the house that catches his eye. This allows him to learn things on his own level, such as practicing his writing by making various store signs (Hardware, Books, Candy, Bank etc.) to hang up on every (yes, EVERY) door in the house. He sees it as playing; I see it as learning.
- I only have him work for about 15 minutes at a time on one thing, then either take a break or move on to something else.
- If he gets very antsy and is obviously not focused I give him a short break. It’s better to give him 5 minutes than to fight with him to keep at it. If he’s not focused I’m not going to get anything from him anyway. Period.
- I try not to focus so much on his form. If he writes better sitting on his knees rather than sitting up straight like a proper young child, so be it.
- I don’t give him busy work. He needs his time and energy focused on the areas that he currently struggles with, namely reading and phonics. Besides, he stays plenty busy enough.
What about you? Have you learned any tricks for teaching your kinesthetic learner?