The answer is YES to all of these questions with Kinesthetic Learning.
Kinesthetic Learning is moving the body in order to “anchor” the learning. This is based on brain science and child development that supports the link of movement to learning.
The basis of brain research tells us that movement of the large muscle groups stirs up a protein in our brain called the BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This protein feeds the brain, and is the fertilizer for the brain. The large muscles moving activates the body-brain engagement . Therefore the learning that takes place will stick longer.
Struggling learners in a traditional classroom usually thrive in this type of learning style.
Just moving around or even standing up helps their brain to process the new information given to them easier.
But this concept works for ALL children, spanning through all demographics and socioeconomics groups. It's for anybody who has a brain to learn!
Kinesthetic learning not only promotes or activates the brain for learning, it promotes classroom activities, lab activities, and whole school activities.
Movement, physical activity, and exercise benefits the brain, helping it to hold on to new information, retain the new information, and to express the new information.
There are activities in math, language arts, social studies, science, and health and nutrition to incorporate kinesthetic learning.
Here are the different types of Kinesthetic Furniture you can find n a Kinesthetic Classroom:
1. Crossing the Midline
Cross lateralization: affects a specific part of the brain, which is the corpus callosum. With kinesthetic learning, this aids students in building better neural processing, builds better neural pathways and connections the brain, builds skills in reading and writing, helps with reading from left to right, and affects handwriting abilities.
2. Body and Space
Vestibular and Proprioceptive Development: Affects the parietal lobes in the brain. With kinesthetic learning it aids in spacing with writing and reading. It contributes in the awareness of shapes and volumes, and it aides in positional instruction (between, in, on).
Spatial Orientation: Affects the reticular activating system. In kinesthetic learning, it aids the students in learning to read, writing development, addresses attention and concentration and improves ocular movement.
4. Visual Development
Encoding Symbols: Affects the occipital lobe system in the brain. In kinesthetic learning, it increases the literacy proficiency, differentiating letters, allows the brain to learn where to start and stop in reading, and helps in recognizing sight words
Beat awareness/competency: Affects the temporal lobe in the brain. In kinesthetic learning, it affects reading in a systematic way and depends on rhythmic inflection; aids in the child’s speaking ability, allows for mathematics to be taught in a rhythmic method.
Ability to use fine motor skills: affects the motor cortex in the brain. In kinesthetic learning, it allows for more cognitive connections with associations to a concept by creating a whole neural highway; aids in brain skills and writing.
7. Motor Skills
Non-locomotor skills and locomotor skills: affects the cerebellum and prefrontal cortex. This allows for proper flow of words, proper sequencing in reading, writing, and math, and writing letters and numbers in proper proportions.
8. Eye Hand - Eye Foot Coordination
Manipulative Skills: affects the occipital lobe and motor cortex. In kinesthetic learning this aids the brain in processing and organizing thoughts in a sequence. Helps in long-term and short-term memory retrieval.
9. Physical Fitness
Strength and Flexibility: affects the cerebellum in the brain. In kinesthetic learning, this provides support for the central nervous system. Allows for proper posture which allows more oxygen to the brain.
10. Cardiovascular Ability
Cardiovascular (heart) exercises affects the hippocampus in the brain. This allows for memory, both long term and short term to stick. It also allows for the release of BDNF, which stands for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor or abrineurin. This is a protein that is part of the neurotrophic family, which aids in creating new brain cells.
11. Problem Solving
Ability to use Embodied Cognition: affects the prefrontal lobe and its connection to the cerebellum. In kinesthetic learning, this aids in problem solving, memory, language, acquisition, emotions and attention. It also promotes better retention in retrieval of memory.
Self-Awareness: affects the limbic system in the brain. In kinesthetic learning, this promotes self-management, promotes proper responses to external cues, and promotes self-awareness.
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