Bilingual Baby: Learning Styles: Kinesthetic + Tactile learners

General Facts

• The tactile-kinesthetic learner must DO things for them to have the best chance of learning.
• The tactile-kinesthetic learner remembers best the things they experience.
• Kinesthetic learning involves use of the whole body rather than just hands-on.
• Getting information from written materials or by listening is not as easy as aforementioned methods.

Learning Strengths of the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner

• Remembers what they DO, what they experience with their hands or bodies (movement and touch).
• Enjoys using tools or lessons which involve active/practical participation.
• Can remember how to do things after they’ve done them once (motor memory).
• Have good motor coordination.

Learning Strategies for the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner

• To memorise, pace or walk around while reciting to yourself or using flashcards or notes.
• When reading a short story or chapter in a book, try a whole-topart approach. This means you should first scan the pictures, then read headings, then read the first and last paragraphs and try to get a feel for the book. You could also try skim-reading the chapter or short story backwards, paragraph-by-paragraph.
• If you need to fidget, try doing so in a way which will not disturb others or endager yourself or others. Try jiggling your legs or feet, try hand/finger exercises, or handle a koosh ball, tennis ball or something similar.
• You might not study best while at a desk. Try lying on your stomach or back. Try studying while sitting in a comfortable lounge chair or on cushions or a bean bag.
• Studying with music in the background might suit you (baroque music is best – as opposed to heavily rhythm-based music).
• Use coloured contruction paper to cover your desk or even decorate your area. Choose your favourite colour as this will help you focus. This technique is called colour grounding.
• Try reading through coloured transparencies to help focus your attention. Try a variety of colours to see which colours work best.
• While studying, take frequent breaks, but be sure to settle back down to work quickly. A reasonable schedule would be 15-25 minutes  of study, 3-5 minutes of break time.
• When trying to memorise information, try closing your eyes and writing the information in the air or on a surface with your finger. Try to picture the words in your head as you are doing this. Try to hear the words in your head, too.
• Later, when you try to remember this information, close your eyes and try to see it with your mind’s eye and to hear it in your head.
• When learning new information, make task cards, flashcards, electro-boards, card games, floor games, etc. This will help you process the information.

Teaching Strategies for the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner

• Allow tactile-kinesthetic students to take breaks during lessons and move around.
• Encourage tactile-kinesthetic students to write down their own notes.
• Encourage tactile-kinesthetic students to stand or move while reciting information or learning new material.
• Incorporate multimedia resources (computer, video camera, OHP transparencies, photography camera, etc.) into programmes (teacher presentations and student presentations).
• Provide lots of tactile-kinesthetic activities in the class.

Major Traits of the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner

• Remembers what they DO very well.
• Remembers best through getting physically involved in whatever is being learned.
• Enjoys acting out a situation relevant to the study topic.
• Enjoys making and creating.
• Enjoys the opportunities to build and physically handle learning materials.
• Will take notes to keep busy but will not often use them.
• Enjoys using computers.
• Physically expresses interest and enthusiasm by getting active and excited.
• Has trouble staying still or in one place for a long time.
• Enjoys hands-on activities.
• Tends to want to fiddle with small objects while listening or working.
• Tends to want to eat snacks while studying.


Activity Suggestions for the Tactil-Kinesthetic Learner

Colouring books
Artistic creations
Task cards
Blackboard/whiteboard activities
Sandpaper/felt letters
Body games
Rocking and reading
Make a video show
Field trips
Dress as characters
Walking and reading
Puppet shows
Musical performances
Science labs
Cut-and-paste tasks

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