What about those “Shakers & Movers?” (Kinesthetic Learners)

Memory Tips

What about those “Shakers & Movers?” (Kinesthetic Learners)

Supercharge your child’s memorization skills! It’s the fast, fun and easy way to memorize multiplication and division facts!

How it Works

Every digit has a visual symbol. For example: The number eight sounds (and looks) like a snowman named “Nate.”

Nina (pronounced “nine-uh”) the porcupine is always represented by the number nine. The product, 72 sounds like “sent-to-the-zoo”. Each picture card tells a story on the back so the teacher or parent can read the story while the child listens and watches. It’s easy for the child to remember the story and make associations with the numbers as they see and hear a fun and interesting story.

A Sample Lesson

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Kinesthetic learners learn best by moving their bodies, activating their large or small muscles as they learn. These are the “hands-on learners” or the “doers” who actually concentrate better and learn more easily when movement is involved.

The question is, “So how do I teach my kinesthetic learner?”

Play games, take things apart and put them back together, clap and repeat information in rhymes, buy a plastic alphabet so they can touch the letters and put them together as words.

Reading: Read together and then stop and bodily act out the scene or use puppets.  Boredom with reading comes quickly so break up reading sessions. If there are new words, find the definition and act it out. For emerging readers, check out ZooPhonics. Their materials work perfectly with kinesthetic learners because it involves movement and sound.

Writing: Small motor skills are not as developed as the larger muscles.  Get some big pads of paper and let them write in giant letters.  Using the bent elbow is good to trace out letters or numbers in mid-air. (The bent elbow rather than a finger,  forces children to use their entire body. This way the brain processes the information and remembers it.)

Math: Try to use objects that can be touched and moved around to find the solution. Other objects that are helpful:

  • Abacus (manual math tool with horizontal rods and movable beads)
  • Modeling clay
  • Number lines
  • Models
  • Sandpaper and carpet to trace letters, shapes, and numbers
  • Drawing materials
  • Puzzles
  • Wooden numbers and letters
  • Globes and maps
  • Blocks and cubes
  • Felt boards
  • Computers
  • Geoboards with rubber bands (a square board with vertical and horizontal lines created by pegs used to teach shapes and geometric concepts)

Enjoy your special kinesthetic learner.  They will open up a new and exciting life experience for you and your family!