Kinesthetic learner signs and strategies for how to help this learning style thrive.

We all have different learning styles. There are five common categorizations for the way we learn: hands-on, visual, auditory, read/write and kinesthetic.

Kinesthetic learners process information best while engaging in physical activities. Instead of relying on visual or auditory learning,  they prefer whole-body movement and hands-on experiences. New knowledge or understanding is achieved through physical movement.

Kinesthetic Learner Strategies and tips for home and school

Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics

How to identify a kinesthetic learner? 

  • They love to move. Kinesthetic learners like to bounce, kick, spin, tap and are constantly in motion.
  • Have great physical memory and easily perform the same task twice.
  • They are often good at sports.
  • Have great coordination and timing.
  • Have trouble sitting still.
  • Can be easily distracted and overwhelmed.

Kinesthetic Learner Strategies and tips for home and school

Kinesthetic Learning Strategies

Adapting to a traditional learning environment can be difficult for kinesthetic learners. Often they are expected to sit still, focus and listen for hours. Many are labelled as ADD or ADHD without a clear understanding that they thrive best using a different approach.

Kinesthetic Learner Strategies and tips for home and school

Ways to Help Kinesthetic Learners Succeed 

  • Give them breaks. Make time for physical activity to break up the day and allow them a chance to move and use their energy.
  • Let them fidget. A fidget spinner or sensory toy can provide the physical/tactile experience they need.
  • Encourage drawing or doodling during lessons.
  • Walk and talk. Pairing a physical activity with learning will help build skill memories.
  • Motivate with rewards and avoid punishment. Avoid criticism and focus on giving positive feedback frequently.
  • Make it a game. Turn lessons into a game using movement. Hopscotch, Tic-Tac-Toe, Twister, Jeopardy or Nerf basketball for example.

Kinesthetic Learner Strategies and tips for home and school

More Resources on Kinetic Learning

VARK Guide to Learning Preferences 


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