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Tactile learners learn best when they can touch and manipulate equipment or material. Kinesthetic/tactile learners do well in taking gadgets apart and putting them back together, identifying and matching objects and using concrete objects as learning aids.  They are also good at three-dimensional thinking, problem solving and seeing the connection between ideas.  They have excellent rhythmic movement, fine and gross motor skills and they are creative.  Active learners can be, but are not always both tactile and kinesthetic.

One or more of the four kinesthetic expressions that the active-touching learner can exhbit are:

  • Hands On - likes assembling and manipulating
  • Whole Body - likes moving, exercising and acting
  • Sketching - likes doodling, drawing and coloring
  • Wrting - likes writing

When working with kinesthetic/tactile learners, the goal is to help them find acceptable ways of moving, follow the rules, and practice self-control. Kinesthetic/tactile learners demand a considerable amount of time and energy, therfore, a lot of patience is required when working with them.

Some suggestions for dealing with kinesthetic/tactile children:

  • Allow the use of Play-Doh or a Koosh ball for fidgety hands
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch, jump, run or walk around
  • Teach sign language to improve spelling
  • Allow the use of a stationary bike or rocking chair while reading to enhance reading comprehension
  • For children who like to jump, give quizzes orally, as they hop up and down to expend energy
  • Allow children who like drama to act out stories or historical scenes 

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