Kinesthetic learners or those with ADHD or ADD who are kinesthetic learners often struggle with learning vocabulary because it is traditionally taught in an auditory or visual way. Kinesthetic learners learn vocabulary and reading comprehension using different methods and activities from those with other learning styles, such as auditory, tactile, or visual learners. Students with a right-brain preference also learn differently from those with a left-brain preference. If traditional methods of learning vocabulary words do not work for your kinesthetic child, it could be that the teaching strategies do not match your kinesthetic child’s best and fastest method of learning.
Kinesthetic vocabulary lessons and activities can accelerate and improve your child’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. In a ten-year study of school districts that were failing because they fell below state standards on state reading tests, finding each student’s Superlink, or combination of learning style and brain hemispheric preference, and then teaching them reading skills through their best Superlinks method has raised these schools to meet or exceed state standards within six to eight months. Included were kinesthetic methods of learning vocabulary for kinesthetic learners. These worked for students in elementary, middle, and high school.
Why do kinesthetic vocabulary techniques work for kinesthetic learners? Traditional methods involve using looking at a vocabulary book which lists new words and their meanings or reading the words aloud. They may also include writing exercises in which one fills in the blank in sentences with the correct word. These techniques are visual, auditory, and tactile, and predominantly left-brain in their strategies. This puts kinesthetic learners and right-brain learners at a disadvantage because their best Superlinks style is not being used.
For thirty-eight years I have developed an entire pre-K-12 and college reading curriculum, including kinesthetic vocabulary activities. These have accelerated the speed at which kinesthetic learners can learn new words in a fun, engaging way.
Here are two activities out of my new ebook on kinesthetic vocabulary activities your child will love.
Kinesthetic Vocabulary Charades: Help your child make a list of words and their definitions. Take turns with your kinesthetic child selecting a word and acting it out silently, so the other can guess which word is being dramatized. If you go first, select a word, act it out, and have your child guess which word you are acting out. Then have your child select a word and act it out, and you guess the meaning. Points can be awarded for each correct guess.
Kinesthetic Invent-a-Word: Have your kinesthetic child combine roots, prefixes, and suffixes to invent new words and write the meanings of each.
aquascope: a machine to see water
astrocycle: a bicycle to ride in space.
Have your child write the word on large flip chart paper while standing up or stretched out on the floor. Have your child act out the word.
For other fun and engaging kinesthetic vocabulary activities, tested and proven to make a difference for any kinesthetic learner from grades pre-K-12, then Kinesthetic Vocabulary Activities Your Child Will Love: In Just 27 Days Improve Your Kinesthetic Child’s Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension will give you many ideas to improve vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Why wait for an important test, such as standardized reading tests, state reading test, or the SAT or ACT for college preparation, in which your kinesthetic child only has a few days to cram thousands of words into his or her brain? Start today and give your child the competitive edge to have great reading comprehension and a great vocabulary to succeed in reading or in any content area subject or on tests.
End your frustration by helping your kinesthetic child quickly learn vocabulary and reading comprehension in his or her best and fastest way through kinesthetic vocabulary strategies. I also invite you to access my free checklist to see if your child who may have been diagnosed or misdiagnosed with ADHD or ADD or who could be a kinesthetic learner could benefit from kinesthetic vocabulary strategies at KeystoLearningSuccess.com for the free checklist. Your child may also enjoy learning phonics in a kinesthetic way using Off the Wall Phonics, fun games to learn and improve reading. When you teach your child reading in a kinesthetic way, the improvement is dramatic.