Best Tool for Kinesthetic Learning

It's easy to spot kinesthetic learners. These students wiggle and jiggle, tap and rock, and swing legs about like they've got ants in their pants. Do you have this type of learner in your classroom? Well, I’m here to tell you … there’s hope for helping kinesthetic learners succeed in school and in life.

“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” - Confucius

If you're a teacher, this type of classroom dynamic can be difficult to manage, especially when you're trying to relay information by way of lecture.

What I’ve done in this post is offer insights about the kinesthetic learning style and identify a physical learning tool to help teachers better connect with elementary-aged kinesthetic learners. Now this doesn’t mean that you’ll have every student in the learning zone straightaway. What it does mean, however, is that this post will help you make meaningful connections with this type of learner and, in turn, create an optimal learning environment for all the students in your classroom.

In a nutshell, kinesthetic learners need to move. If you want to connect with your kinesthetic leaners, then play to their strengths and make learning physical.

- They are high-energy with an intense need to do-do-do and go-go-go.

- They have great motor memory, allowing them to duplicate actions with ease.

- They have quick reactions and excellent hand-eye coordination.

- They learn best by actively-doing versus sendentary-listening.

- They are often gifted in sports and perform well in art and drama.

We know that those students with a kinesthetic learning style find it challenging to sit through lectures. We understand that they need to "get up and move to put something into memory." I’ve come across some thoughtful kinesthetic learning strategies for students by Kelly Roell of ThoughtCo. She says,

- “Standup when you’re feeling your mind start to wander. If you’re in high school or middle school, ask the teacher first before so you’re not labeled as disruptive.”

- “Bring a rubber band to class and wrap and unwrap it around your hand or pencil.”

- “When studying, bounce a tennis ball against the wall or floor when you’re answering questions.”

- “Tense and relax your muscles during long lectures.”

- “Bounce a leg up and down to release some of the energy.”

While these kinesthetic learning strategies may be great for older students, we understand that elementary-aged kids are in an entirely different ballgame.

What if I told you that there is a great way to get your elementary-aged kinesthetic learners dialed-in to learning while not disrupting other students in class? What if I told you that I have an excellent learning tool to get students physical, focused, and having fun while you teach? What if I told you that this amazing tool is easily incorporated into your lesson plans?

Drumroll please ...

Bonk Fit is a high-performance pop-up inflatable with form-fitting fabric 'skins' featuring letters, numbers, and symbols.

Bonk Fit is a fun and physical way for students to build key concepts in literacy and mathematics. Students clap, snap, and Bonk to identify sound patterns; they sort colors, letters, numbers, and shapes to identify visual patterns. 

Bonk Fit makes your lesson plans hands-on interactive as students work to build understanding of spoken words, syllables, phonics, word skills, number sense and base ten. Teachers in K-5 schools love Bonk Fit Pop-up Inflatables with letters skins to identify letters, associate letters with sounds, and form site words. With numbers skins, teachers groom mini-mathematicians by developing important early math skills like sequencing and counting. Kids don't have to be athletic; there aren't any complicated rules; it's portable and easy to store; and, Bonk Fit is great for the classroom and outside on the field.

Conclusion

Kinesthetic learners need to move. It's a need not a want. And, I believe it's our duty, as involved parents and dedicated educators, to satisfy this need ... that is if we want to help our children succeed in school and in life. 

I offer Bonk Fit Pop-Up Inflatables as a learning strategy and solution for elementary teachers to make meaningful connections with kinesthetic learners while creating an optimal learning environment for all students in the classroom. Click here for more information about Bonk Fit.  

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