If you’ve got a kinesthetic learner…
Then I’ve got some inexpensive ideas to help you out. Have you ever noticed how, as a homeschool mom, much of our job is detective work?! If you’ve got a kinesthetic learner, it may be a struggle sometimes to find ways to make curriculum work for your kids. With some tweaks, it can happen! I’ve got a few great resources here to share with you from Dollar Tree. Hopefully, they’ll make life a little easier on both of you.
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Pardon the shadow in the video and my frazzled appearance! 😉 It was late int he day and I was all outta sorts! lol
Dry erase flip boards
These are one dollar each and especially fun for a kinesthetic learner who needs to be active and alert, moving their body. Check out this video below, taken the first time I used these flip boards to quiz my sons on previous history lessons. According to How We Learn…, quizzing is an important way we cement information in our brains; why not make it fun!? (See the video above for more on that)
We’re going to shift our history lessons to this as I quickly saw fruit from our labor. When I played back a longer video we took for Grandma, they called out the correct answers they’d previously gotten wrong.
Before this, they couldn’t tell me even 2 seconds later!
We started using the app Stack the States last month and my sons have learned so much already. Before too long I’m sure will be moving on to Stack the Countries. I know this will be a fun way to review what we learned in the apps. We’ll try tossing it back-and-forth like a volleyball and calling out a country to identify.
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Giant blank die/dice
Next up is the giant die (or dice – whichever school of thought). This can be used for a variety of things. It’s easily used as a transition/calming tool or you can also use it with your language arts curriculum, and any read aloud’s, etc…
You can write questions on it like:
“Who was the main character?”
“What was the problem the main character faced?”
“How did they feel about this problem, and why did it matter?”
“Who or what was the antagonist, and how can you tell?”
“In what way did a supporting character help resolve the problem?”
“How could you have solved the problem differently than in the story?”
The possibilities are endless here. It’s a great way to quiz your kinesthetic learner, getting them thinking about what they’ve read. However, they get to do it in a fun and hands-on way with this method!
The pointer stick
We use this pointer stick in our home as the “Talking Stick.” So what that means is that whoever has the stick has the turn to talk. It’s a good visual, active way of teaching little people to take turns in conversation. Honestly, I think I need one too in my adult conversations – I can’t get a little overly excited! Check out the video in this post (up top) for more.
You can also use this for pointing at sight words or reading if you have a younger reader who would be motivated by a special tool to help them with tracking.
And finally, last, but not least are the line markers. These markers Are awesome. By markers, I mean that they’re covering surrounding text and marking the area which they’re reading. I’m not quite sure what to call them otherwise. Each package at the dollar tree comes with several. They’ve got a variety of colors in the reading window pane to help your children who have trouble with eye tracking or glaring whiteness to read.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite tip for teaching a kinesthetic learner?!
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