One of the ﬁrst books that I remember “loving” was Miss Fran-cis’ Ding Dong School Activity Book. It accompanied her TV showand the book was ﬁlled with “do-it-yourself” activities that could bemade from things found around the house to create learning activi-ties. I suppose that was the beginning of my passion and love ofkinesthetic learning!Now, every time I walk in a discount store, auto supply store,hardware store, or garage sale, I’m looking and thinking-“Howcould I use that to teach?” It is amazing the number of everydayitems that are not meant to be “teaching tools” that make excellentitems for teaching concepts in the classroom.My research into this topic has conﬁrmed my own beliefs in the power of kinesthetic and active learning-it is beingused across all age levels and all subject areas. My research has also conﬁrmed my fears that, generally, there is a lackof creativity amongst most educators and a lack of “trust” in their own ability to pull off a “silly” or fun activity in theirclassroom while maintaining their sense of dignity and credibility.I have found that from adults to children, we all want to learn, but we also want to have fun and to be entertained.Teaching is an art-form, to which we must “give in to” with all the gusto and passion that we can evoke. It is an awe-some responsibility, but the thrill and reward of “waking up” a brain to learning is well worth the risks of looking silly byplaying a game to present a concept.I hope that by reading this book, you too, can get excited about thinking of a new way to use spaghetti, or swim-ming noodles, or a shower curtain in your classroom.Good luck, be brave and have fun!Marian H. Williams, Ph.D.
Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071
Oh to be childlike in our learning!
"The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and con-trol over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, andexperimental. He does not merely observe the world around him, he does not shut himself off from the strange,complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works,he works on it. He is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinaryamount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense."
—John Holt, How Children Learn(Holt, 1991)