Kinesthetic learning, the Maker Movement, and some local inspiration for kids of all ages!

The kinesthetic student learns by doing. This student is often labeled a fidgeter and is generally not successful when long stretches of quiet time or listening are required. By recognizing and understanding your child’s dominant learning style, you can implement the strategies that will truly help him learn faster, retain more information, and generally feel more confident about school.

Traditionally, schools have undervalued kinesthetic learning. Kinesthetic learning (or tactile learning) is a learning style in which takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. Educators around the country, however, are now recognizing just how important this ability is.

What is the Maker Movement?

According to Gary Stager in “What’s the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?” The shift to “making” represents the perfect storm of new technological materials, expanded opportunities, learning through firsthand experience, and the basic human impulse to create. It offers the potential to make classrooms more child-centered: relevant and more sensitive to each child’s remarkable capacity for intensity.

Making is predicated on the desire that we all have to exert agency over our lives, to solve our own problems. It recognizes that knowledge is a consequence of experience, and it seeks to democratize access to a vast range of experience and expertise so that each child can engage in authentic problem solving.”

Empowering students to create, innovate, and turn their ideas into reality is at the heart of the Maker Movement.

Why is making important?

The Maker Movement shows us the value of learning with the head, heart, and hands.

There are many ways that educators and parents alike can nurture “making” forms of expression: creating videos, collages, dioramas, or dances are just a few examples.  The tools used are less important than what is produced and the intellectual processes employed.

Need some inspiration? Visit Maker Fest at Hagley Museum in Delaware

Maker Fest at Hagley Museum is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Part science fair, part community fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Fest is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “Makers” come to Maker Fest to show the public what they have made and to share what they have learned.

For the kinesthetic learner, this is quite inspirational! At Maker Fest, enjoy demonstrations of chocolate making, metalworking, glass blowing, video gaming and everything in-between.

$10 for Adults • $5 for Hagley Members and Youth 6-18 • Free for children under 6.
Find a free admission offer in April’s “Out & About” magazine

More resources for your Kinesthetic Learner:

Arts and Creative Projects:

Models, dioramas, experiments:

Academic help is just around the corner. About Back to Basics Learning Dynamics

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. provides over 125 wide-ranging educational and related services including 1-on-1 tutoring in over 60 subjects, translating and interpreting in over 20 languages, speech and occupational therapists, behavior and reading specialists, paraprofessionals, ELL and computer lab teachers, RTI support and homebound services, psycho-educational testing, 1-on-1 test prep for the SAT, PSAT, SAT II, ACT, GRE, PRAXIS, GED, and HSEE, professional development, summer school, original credit and credit recovery.And, Back to Basics operates Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved, 1-on-1 K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware.

We serve the diverse needs of a range of students – from those who simply need some academic support, to those who are learning disabled, hearing or visually impaired, ADHD, gifted, or on the Autism Spectrum including High Functioning Autistic and Aspergers.

To learn more about these, and many more educational services in Delaware and the tri-state area, please call us at 302-594-0754.

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