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What is the Kinesthetic learning style all about?

January 11, 2020

Much of what children learn comes through their skin. Active hands, feet, tongues, and taste buds can identify objects by unique characteristics, search for similar objects, and explore three-dimensional representations of shapes, letters, and numerals. 

This is known as Kinesthetic learning.

Here at Wyntercon, we embrace this learning style and we endeavour to use this approach as a baseline for all of our workshops and activities.  

It is true indeed that students can gather information from a textbook or learn from ordinary classroom instruction, but if they are given an opportunity to work with objects in tactile ways, they are more likely to remember that experience, draw upon it, and integrate it into their process of learning. Kinesthetic learners are likely to be “more motivated, fully engaged, and may reap the health benefits of performing a physical act”. 

While some students may be verbal or visual learners, research has shown that incorporating movement or activities like mapping, utilising space effectively, and writing in both in and out of the classroom may be best to reach those who do not benefit from traditional learning strategies.

With the widespread use of tablets, smartphones, and other gaming devices, children immerse themselves in games that typically require intense hand-eye coordination and a prolonged attention span. 

If teachers continue to help students transition and from what they are learning at home in their free time to what could be learned in school, the resulting effect tends to generate more active learners.

The components that allow participants  to grow in their Kinesthetic learning include :

  • Perception–using sensory cues to guide motor activities.
  • Readiness to act–includes mental, physical and emotional readiness, e.g. prepared to act upon a sequence of instructions.
  • Guided Response–learning a complex skill through imitation and trial and error; following instructions.
  • Mechanism–learned responses become habitual, movements performed with confidence and proficiency.
  • Complex overt response–performance of complex movement patterns.
  • Adaptation–movements can be modified or adapted to fit special situations.
  • Origination–creating new movement patterns to fit a situation.

We want to help our community and parents teachers and community volunteers or workshop leaders capitalise and learn more about this learning style.

We have managed many workshops and when our participants have the opportunity to apply what they have learned by way of the experimental method, we have found such material can be simultaneously exponentially engaging and academically enriching!

If you would like to know more about we as Wyntercon do or even take part in one of our workshops or activity day, we recommend you keep an eye on our social media for the next upcoming event.

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