Telling Time and Kinaesthetic Learning

Kinesthetic learning (American English),kinaesthetic learning (British English), or tactile learning is a learning style in which learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. ~Source:

English Class first graders are learning the rudiments of telling time and they are doing it in the gymnasium! Their teacher, Ms. Leena, knows that movement allows pupils an alternative approach to the information. Kinaesthetic learning helps put pupils into a receptive state that is necessary for learning.  In fact, it is really the learning process, not our intelligence, that is the most important factor in determining our abilities, according to recent research.

Children learn best by hearing, seeing, doing, creating, and all sorts of combinations of the above. Multi-disciplinary learning allows children to make connections between what seem on the surface to be different, disconnected subjects. Kinesthetic learning takes this model to the next level by connecting the different ways in which children learn. and this process enables a more effective understanding and retention of information.

So, with giant swab minute and hour hands, as well as beanbags to represent the numbers on the face of an analog clock, English Class first graders are moving along learning to tell time by the hour and half hour.

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