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How To Tell If Your Child Is A Kinesthetic Learner

Learning and movement are two sides of the same coin. These are words that we at Agile Kids always live by. When a child learns with movement, it enhances the development of neural connections in the brain and enhances the child’s ability to learn. We have covered this in detail in another article, click here to read it. 

When it comes to kinesthetic learners and tactile learners, typical classroom environments might be the largest barrier to learning. Very often, the children who can’t succeed in these classrooms are labelled with ADD or ADHD. What if this was the case with your child?

In this article, we will be covering the top 5 signs that your child is a kinesthetic learner.

  1. Movement Is A must-
    This is a preliminary indicator that is spotted very easily. If your child is always very ‘fidgety’ or tends to swing their legs while sitting or tap a tabletop, these are signs that your child may not be the best fit for a sit-down-style classroom and a kinesthetic approach might be best for them.
  2. They remember what they do, more than what they read.
    The technical term for this is ‘physical memory.’ It means that when they learn something through movement or learn on their feet instead of sitting at a desk, their retention power is much higher.

3. Always hyper-active-
This is an extension to the first point. A natural kinesthetic learner will always be that one child in class who gets punished in class for being out of their place or constantly being distracted. What is viewed as punishable indiscipline is just the child’s base nature which can be nurtured if only a different method is employed.

4.Short attention span-
If kinesthetic learners are kept still or seated or still for too long, their attention wanes very quickly. Many times in a class, when some students are labelled as distracted or un-attentive, this is the case. To keep the attention of these children activity must be included in the daily class flow.

5. A hands-on method is preferred-
This is best explained by a simple example. When being taught a concept like numbers, if a dice is used to teach numbers, or cards are given in the students’ hands, it will lead to a better understanding of the concept than simply listening and looking at the numbers when a teacher writes them on a board. Whenever an object is placed in the learner’s hands and they are taught through it, higher understanding and retention is achieved as opposed to the conventional methods.

If you are an educator reading this, when you see such students in your class, you now know that you would need to tweak your teaching methods for their benefit.  If you as an educator want to know more about kinesthetic learning and how to go about creating an active classroom environment, click here.

If you are a parent reading this, then it is your responsibility to identify these traits in your child because once you do, you can ensure that your son or daughter is receiving the best possible education, in the way that is best for them.


By swarapatel

Program Director at Agile Kids.
Co-Founder Rhythmus HappyFeet, Bombay Ballet Company, Bloomville Early Learning Centre.
Head of Orchids International Schools Performing Art Division from 2017 - 19 with 35 schools under her purview.
MBA, Dance educationalist, Member of the International Dance Council, Dance Therapist certified BY CDI France and CMTAI, Kinesthetic Teaching Expert & a performing artist.
Trained at Danceworx in Jazz and Ballet.
Was an official contestant in DID super mom (A reality dance show on ZeeTV)

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