Sitting still for long periods of time isn’t easy. If your child gets restless during lessons and starts tapping his or her foot or twirling a pencil, suggesting that he or she sit still probably won’t help. Instead, it’s time to take a break and get moving!
Taking breaks and staying active is important to having a healthy, productive school week. Activity clears the mind, relieves grogginess and tension, encourages relaxation, and more. It’s especially important for students who prefer to be active, or, as psychologist Howard Gardner theorized, have outstanding kinesthetic intelligence.
What Is Kinesthetic Intelligence?
Students who excel in “body smarts” process information best through touch and movement. A “body-smart” child might seem to be in constant motion, tapping a foot, stretching his or her arms, or moving his or her shoulders and neck while reading or typing. These students may favor activities such as team or individual sports, martial arts, playing a musical instrument, or acting and dancing. Students with strong body smarts often demonstrate good fine motor skills and hand–eye coordination, which is evident in activities such as handwriting, working with clay, and playing catch. They also show good gross motor skills, which involve the large muscle groups that control walking, running, and even sitting and standing well. These traits show in a person’s agility, balance, athleticism, and body control.
Even if your child doesn’t gravitate toward hands-on or physical activities, you should still incorporate them into his or her routine. Learning to use a ...