Teaching Your Hands-On Learners

Kinesthetic is another name for the ‘hands-on’ learning style.  The kinesthetic learner thrives through hands-on experiences and physical activity – absorbing information when moving, touching things, demonstration, or just talking things through. So if your hands-on learner is doing video school….there may be some major problems.

Even though the hands-on learner should be taught how to sit still while learning (for future purposes), here are some teaching tips that may help you to teach with ease:

1) Use manipulatives (for all ages), and educational games (like bingo and puzzles) to drive important facts.

2) Field trips and hands on nature experiences are great teachers. Teaching lessons in places like parks and museums are always a hit.

3) These methods may help, if you add them to your regular curriculum: charades, debate, also, acting, jumping rope, dancing and clapping to recall educational facts.

4)  Hands on computer games – using a touch screen computer or a mouse.

5)  When teaching science or math, incorporate experiments, or tools that your child can see, and feel.

6)  Let them be the teacher every once in a while.  Give them your teacher’s manual, and you be the student for a subject.  You will be surprised how much information the hands-on learner will retain in circumstances like these.

CAUTION::  It may be very difficult for you to educate your child the hands-on way,  ALL day long.  It will wear YOU out. (And we know that life will not cater completely to their hands-on needs in the future – especially in college).   Teach some subjects the traditional way (by having your child sit down and listen while you teach).  Have short, quiet, 15 minute (or so) intervals of studying or reading. Try new teaching methods and don’t forget to be as flexible as possible.  Watch your child’s progress, and take it from there.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment”  – Dr. Maria Montessori

Read my post on Auditory Learners
Read my post on Visual Learners


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