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Nurture Your Child's Kinesthetic Intelligence

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The kinesthetic child actually processes information through bodily sensations. A good example of this style is demonstrated by learning to use the computer. Perhaps you have noticed that your hand seems to "know" what to do with that mouse even when you are not consciously thinking about it. Theories of learning have long emphasized the importance of integration of knowledge and skill by the body. Learning to read, for example, involves not only the development of visual and linguistic ability, but also follows a continuum of gross-motor and fine-motor development.

The kinesthetic child needs to move. It's what he does best. He loves to touch and talk. He learns best by doing. He is adept at activities that involve gross-motor and fine-motor abilities such as dance, sports, arts and crafts, theater, fixing mechanical things, and using the computer. If you know that your child has high kinesthetic ability you should discuss this with his school counselor. He should be placed in a classroom with a teacher who uses manipulative math materials, drama, and other active modes of teaching. Don't be afraid to ask! Your bodily-kinesthetic child will be stifled and miserable with a teacher who emphasizes sitting quietly and learning through visual and auditory modalities only.

If you haven't done so already, why don't you visit these sites now to determine your child's unique gifts then come on back for lots of ways you can nurture your child's bodily-kinesthetic intelligence at home.

Personal Learning Style Inventory at The Center for New Discoveries in Learning

Multiple Intelligence Inventory at New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

Here are some activities that a kinesthetic child will love. The purpose of encouraging your child's participation in these types of activities is to build her self-esteem by giving her a sense of competence in areas that are valued by you and by others. Developing a sense of competence is the key developmental issue for the elementary-age child. Find every opportunity in your home and community to involve her in one or more of these activities and you will greatly enhance her feelings of competence and self-esteem, thereby innoculating her from the damaging effects of poor self-esteem in these and later years.

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