Physical | Kinaesthetic Learning Style
Learning styles group common ways that people learn. Children with a kinaesthetic learning style like to use their hands, body and sense of touch when they are learning.
How do I know if my child has a kinaesthetic learning style?
It may be a good idea to observe your child at home and see how they naturally tackle their homework. Additionally, you could ask your child’s teachers about how they behave during class times. Traits of children with a kinaesthetic learning style include:
- Enjoying hands on activities
- Likes science projects
- Uses hand gestures when explaining things
- Likes sport
- Likes to feel things and make models
- May fidget or doodle when listening in class
- Enjoys dance and drama
- Remembers things that they do
- Chooses to read adventure books
What are the strengths of a kinaesthetic learning style?
Children with a kinaesthetic learning style like to make their body do different things as this helps them to remember information. This makes them very good at sport and dance. As kinaesthetic learners tend to feel things in their hands a lot, they may also be very good at construction.
How might kinaesthetic learners struggle?
Generally, if a child has a kinaesthetic learning style, they do not like to keep their body still. This makes prolonged tasks such as essays difficult for them. Additionally, children with a kinaesthetic learning style may not like visual or aural tasks. This may cause them to struggle with spelling and handwriting.
What strategies can be used to help kinaesthetic learners do well?
Understanding how children with a kinaesthetic learning style like to learn can help you as a parent support them at home. Here are some suggestions:
- Use physical objects when explaining information
- Act out information or role play
- Make models to represent what has been learnt
- Relate information to your child’s own feelings or experiences
- Have study breaks. In this time, they could do something physical like a quick run around outside
- Go on trips
- Have they do something whilst studying like squeeze a ball
Your child may not show all the traits of the kinaesthetic learning style, and this is completely normal. Therefore, they may not benefit from all of these study strategies.
It is important to remember that having a kinaesthetic learning style is different to having kinaesthetic intelligence. A kinaesthetic learning style refers to your child approaching a task by making use of physical things, including their bodies. Kinaesthetic intelligence refers to the mental ability to be aware of how the body works and understand how to make their body move in certain ways to get certain outcomes. Although similar, a kinaesthetic learner may not necessarily have kinaesthetic intelligence.
What types of career options might my child like?
Children may begin to think about their careers before they start their GCSEs. As children with a kinaesthetic learning style like to use their hands and their bodies, they may enjoy becoming a professional athlete, physical therapist, dancer, car mechanic, surgeon, PE teacher or computer games designer.