my daughter is 5 and i'm just now realizing, she's a kinesthetic learner.
from all accounts she is very smart. we have her in a dual language kindergarten that is a 1/2 day program (2.5 hours, daily).
however, her whole life she has been incredibly active. to the point of being borderline "hyperactive."
but i've been reading online just now about kinesthetic learners, and i guess misdiagnosis as ADHD plagues kinesthetic learners... who comprise only 5 percent of the population.
she has little patience for studying words in a book, although she will sit still for long periods of listening to me read to her, including long chapter books like "Little House on the Prairie."
homework time has been interesting. it takes awhile. she does not like sitting still and focusing on writing her letters and numbers neatly is a challenge. similarly, it is a real challenge for her to color in the lines, and we are getting a lot of that in homework, i guess to build fine motor skills.
speaking of which, fine motor skills are improving, but they still lag.
her gross motor is off the charts good. she walked early (10 mo) and never stopped moving. i have every confidence in her when she wants to try something that would be very daring for other kids (such as jumping off a high platform). i let her and she always lands on her feet. she learned to swim this past summer.
she's highly sociable, very empathetic and socially mature. she gets along with others very easily and seems to emerge as a leader; the other kids follow her lead.
i could go on with more descriptions, but i was wondering if others can relate. if you have a kinesthetic learner, can you tell me about him / her?
after reading online a bit, i'm going to make some changes in how i help her learn. santa will be bringing her a bean bag chair for studying, for example. i will be letting her practice writing letters in shaving cream. i will encourage her to spell words by pointing her finger in the air and "writing" in the air.
and i will be on top of things when it comes to first grade next year, when she will likely have to sit still for longer periods of time. i will give her strategics for moving her body even when at a desk, such as using her hands, or her feet. and i will communicate with her teachers about the fact that she is a kinesthetic learner, and how to best accommodate / encourage.
also, as a FYI and to see if anyone experienced similar, i don't know if it's common amongst kinesthetic learners or not -- again, they are only 5 percent of the population -- but she was a late talker. precious few words until 2.5 yo, and then suddenly talking in sentences, clear and articulate as an adult, beginning at 2.5. people always comment on her strong vocabulary, and the fact is, you can never get her to stop talking nowadays.
i don't know if that relates at all to kinesthetic learning or not, but wanted to throw it out there... in case anyone can relate, i'm so interested in learning more! many thanks!