Kinesthetic learning is a learning style that uses your child’s body and physical movement to learn lessons instead of sitting down and reading or listening to a lecture. Sometimes, a simple movement or song will aid as a cue for memory more so than any amount of time drilling with flashcards.
For example, some schools teach children to use their bodies when they are learning the different tones in Putonghus (Mandarin). If a character is the first tone, they don’t move. For the second tone, children lift their chin and move their head up and to the right as if they are writing the tone mark with their heads. For the third tone, children move their head in a checkmark, and for the fourth tone, children move their head down and to the right.
Other than helping our children’s brains make new and different connections, these activities are also fun and hide learning under the guise of movement or crafts. There’s a reason why many schools include physical movement, songs, and crafts in their programs!