There has been much discussion over the past two decades about different kinds of learners. One class of learners has been labeled kinesthetic learners. Kinesthetic learners enter the learning experience through touch and interaction. Kinesthetic learners thrive on tactile experiences. Frequently, kinesthetic learners struggle to learn from reading or listening. They need interaction with material. Kinesthetic learners need more than a book. They need activities that are an extension of the book to better comprehend stories. Kinesthetic learners can be thought of as do-ers. They like to do activities rather than observe activities. They are external learners as opposed to internal learners.
In many respects, the different kinds of learners – visual, auditory, kinesthetic – have been focused on to the point of exaggeration. Certainly, everyone has a preferred method of learning but that preferred method is not exclusive. An auditory learner can learn through tactile experiences just as a visual learner can learn through auditory methods. Ideally, great teaching and lesson plans should tap into all our senses. Internal learners can achieve deeper learning through external activities. This holds especially true for young learners. Young learners thrive on a combination of learning techniques. For instance, you wouldn’t deliver a 45 minute lecture to first graders about archaeology although the thought should make you giggle. However, it is entirely possible to teach a first grader about archaeology by burying objects in a sandbox and having them dig. By doing an activity they learn a word.
Eileen Wacker, the CEO of ONCEKids and the author of the Fujimini Island Adventure Series, understands that deep learning involves tapping into all the senses. The Fujimini Island Adventure Series is great for nursery aged kids up to second grade. Her books are vibrant, colorful, chock full of friendly animals, and there are lots of references to new and yummy food. However, Eileen Wacker has not stopped with the books. Her website has several games that kinesthetic learners and young learners would benefit from playing in order to increase their language skills and their comprehension of the books. The ONCEKids website has coloring sheets, word searches and an excellent activity where children can build their own sushi. You can color, search, create and, of course, learn.
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