Catherine shares why she homeschools, and offers 10 tips for homeschooling kinesthetic learners.
K is for Kinesthetic Learning for Busy Bodies
What is kinesthetic learning? It is learning by DOing. Homeschooling gives us the opportunity for our busy bodies to stay active while continuing to learn. We are able to incorporate movement into so many subjects. Not only do my kiddos get their wiggles out, but school is fun! Here are some of the ways we add movement to our lessons.
- Flash Cards worked on by having the kids stand at the bottom of the stairs. When they get a word correct, they climb a stair. They “win” when they get to the top.Throw pillows or small rugs on the ground with index cards of words on them. Say a word and have the child jump to the correct word. Don’t miss, or you will land in lava.
- Throw pillows or small rugs on the ground with index cards of words on them. Say a word and have the child jump to the correct word. Don’t miss, or you will land in lava. Go outside and use sticks to write out spelling words in the dirt.
- Go outside and use sticks to write out spelling words in the dirt. Field trips so they can get
- Field trips so they can get hands-on with the material.
- Play with putty, play-doh, or kinetic sand while listening to stories.
- When asking questions, call on the kid who jumps up first. Call on a kid by throwing them a ball. Have them run across the room and write the answer on a white board or chalk board in BIG letters.
- Use pattern blocks to build shapes instead of worksheets.
- Build math problems with blocks, stuffed animals, or even spoons. Have them run all over the house to find the items for the problems.
- When seat work is needed, sit on exercise balls instead of a chair.
- Take busy breaks between subjects. We have a deck of cards the kids get to pick from, that get them up and moving. Some of the cards are: Run around the house 3 times, do 20 jumping jacks, spell the alphabet with your body, slither like a snake across the room, etc.
I hope this encourages you in your homeschooling journey. Can you think of other ways to add some kinesthetic learning to your school days?
~Catherine from Faithfilled Chaos
This post is part of my Why We Homeschool series. I hope you’re enjoying these posts from me and my homeschool blogging friends!