WHAT IS KINESTHETIC LEARNING?
Kinesthetic learning is a learning style where learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. Kinesthetic learning is active, hands-on learning. For decades research has shown that hands-on learning at preschool and kindergarten is best. Kinesthetic learners need to move. They wiggle, touch, spin around, bounce, and often just can’t seem to sit still. Sounds like just about every 3-7 year old child I know! They learn through their bodies and their senses. Kinesthetic learner needs to be actively doing something while learning in order to truly grasp and retain the content. Scholars in early childhood development have written extensively on the value of hands-on learning, arguing that it’s developmentally appropriate because young children discover best through their senses, through movement, and through their sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them.
WHY COMBINE MOVEMENT & LITERACY?
Preschool and early childhood programs are finding that movement is a very effective learning medium for children. Exploring educational concepts through movement and multiple sensory experiences gives children an opportunity to learn in ways they understand. Movement enhances every aspect of young children’s growth and development. Literacy experiences prior to first grade are critical for children’s success in learning to read and write. Through movement, play, and active learning, children acquire knowledge by physically experiencing concepts. Current brain research tells us that students need to be active to get their brains working and growing.
These are the first three cards of the Abc’s of Movement set!
- Developmentally appropriate fitness for young children. May help combat childhood obesity by laying a foundation of active movement.
- Engages the whole child in moving while developing literacy skills.
- Increase in language development while improving motor skills.
- Teach children basic movement skills like galloping, hopping, and marching.
- Use during circle time, transitions, gym or for some outside fun.
- Great activity to increase body awareness.
- Especially useful for home instruction, early childhood learning, speech & language development, special education, ELS & ELL programs, Title 1 programs, Head Start, after school programs, resource rooms, pediatric physical therapy and occupational therapy settings.
- Beneficial for children with special needs such as Autism, Down syndrome and mild cerebral palsy.
Welcome to the ABC’s of Movement!
My name is Laurie and I am a physical therapist (PT) who holds a Master’s degree in Education. A few years back, I searched for products that could help young children connect literacy to motor skills by using multisensory kinesthetic learning. I soon realized that there were no such products on the market. After extensive research, I created The ABC’s of Movement®, and ABC’s of Active Learning ™. Both are high-quality movement products that could accelerate a child’s ability to learn. I am committed to educating others in movement enhanced learning and have a knack for turning ordinary items into FUN, therapeutic tools. I am excited to share with you free activities and ideas that kids will love that are easy to use, and that promote developmental skills for children of all abilities.