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Homeschool Curriculum for Kinesthetic Learners

Choosing curriculum can be one of the hardest (and most important) things you do as a homeschooling parent! There are so many curriculums available to us that it can be hard to narrow down the options and try to find the curriculum you think will work best for your child. One way to help narrow down your options and get a better idea of what curriculum will work well is to determine your child’s learning style and then look for curriculum that typically works well for other students with that learning style.

If you aren’t sure of your child’s learning style, this article will help you.

 

As you recall, children who are kinesthetic learners like to do things in order to learn. This learning style is also called tactile or hands-on. So you will find these students wanting to paint, draw, build, dance, turn pages in books, do science experiments, write, play with play dough, and help cook or clean or do other active things. Because they learn by doing things, they need lots of hands-on activities.

An important thing to keep in mind, though, is that young children tend to have a mixture of learning styles, and most young children enjoy and do well with curriculums for kinesthetic learners since many of them enjoy being active. As children get older (upper elementary ages and beyond), there learning styles typically become more obvious.

Also, the suggestions below are just that–suggestions. As you look at these curriculums, you may find other similar options that you think will work better, and that’s fine! Or you may find that one of these suggestions looks wonderful to you with just a few tweaks and customizations just for your child. That’s great too!

I’ve used many curriculums over my 19 years of homeschooling, but there are some included on this list that I haven’t used. I can, however, say that each of these comes from a reputable company and is highly recommended, and I feel comfortable suggesting that you take a closer look at each of them–including the ones I haven’t personally used.

Unit Studies and All-in-One Curriculum:

Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool

Age/Grade Levels: Preschool through high school

Prep Time: Minimal

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

This curriculum includes lots of resources, activities and projects such as:

narration
picture studies
living books
copywork
activity sheets
fun projects

Moving Beyond the Page

Age/Grade Levels: preschool through middle school (ages 4 through 14)

Prep Time: moderate

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

This curriculum includes various kinds of resources, activities, and projects. A few of these are:

Manipulatives and projects
Science experiments
Hands-on math
Colorful books
Puzzles and activity pages
Parent/child discussions

Tapestry of Grace

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – 12th grade

Prep Time: A significant amount of prep time is needed—ideally over the summer before beginning the curriculum in the fall.

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Living books
Hands-on activities
Discussions
Crafts
Optional group activities
Options for getting Dad involved each week

Time4Learning

Age/Grade Levels: This is an online program covering pre-K through high school.

Prep Time: None

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Printable worksheets
Games
Activities
Animated lessons
Instructional videos
Multimedia activities
NOTE:

This curriculum is aligned with national and state standards, so you may encounter some information/ideas (such as evolution) that may conflict with your own convictions or beliefs.

Also, lessons at the high school level are taught in a more traditional way than those for K-8th grades. (For example, a teacher presents some of the material at high school level.)

Heart of Dakota

Age/Grade Levels: preschool through high school

Prep Time: usually minimal

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Includes components of unit studies, living books, and textbooks.
Includes activities and lessons to appeal to all learning styles.

 

Reading, Literature, Spelling, & Grammar:

All About Reading

Age/Grade Levels: pre-k through 4th grade

Prep Time: little to none

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Highly interactive
Multi-sensory
Discussion
Hands-on activities
Allows child to choose his or her favorite books for read-aloud time
Pace and amount of interaction can be adjusted
Beautifully illustrated readers

Logic of English

NOTE: Includes phonics, reading, handwriting, and spelling.

Age/Grade Levels: ages 4 to about 8 or 10

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Includes easy-to-teach lessons for students of all ability levels
Appeals to students of all learning styles
Multi-sensory methods

All About Spelling

Age/Grade Levels: Seven levels (Homeschooling parents generally adjust age/grade levels as needed, but you could do these in 1st-7th grades or wait until your child is in 2nd or 3rd grade before beginning.)

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Multisensory approach
Hands-on activities

Schoolhouse Rock

NOTE: These are available to buy on DVD, or you can watch them on YouTube.

Age/Grade Levels:

Elementary and middle school (but high schoolers might like them too)

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

These are music videos that present the parts of speech and grammar rules set to music. They are funny (often silly), catchy, and easy to remember—especially after listening to them several times. When I was a child, they came on between cartoons on Saturday mornings, and I developed my love of English grammar at least in part from listening to them!

Fun songs
Catchy tunes
Silly/funny situations
Younger children might enjoy dancing along to the music
Fast-paced

Winston Grammar

Age/Grade Levels: grades 4 – 12

Prep Time: minimal

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Students learn in a variety of ways including:

Moving
Seeing
Hearing
Speaking
More interactive than many other grammar curriculums

 

Writing & Handwriting:

WriteShop Primary, Junior, and I & II

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – high school

Prep Time: minimal

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

WriteShop Primary:

Crafty publishing ideas
Oral activities
Multisensory, no-pressure activities
WriteShop Junior:

Short reports and poetry
Creative activities
Focus on self-editing
Fold-N-Go
WriteShop I & II:

Graphic organizers
Incremental lessons
Advanced writing concepts
Varied lessons and activities

Handwriting Without Tears

Age/Grade Levels: pre-k – 5th grade

Prep Time: minimal

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Early levels use:

Playing
Singing
Building letters
A variety of hands-on, fun activities
Later levels use:

A variety of fun, hands-on activities
Developmentally appropriate materials

 

 

Math:

Horizons Math

Age/Grade Levels: pre-k – 12th grade

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Stories
Poems
Games
Manipulatives
Brightly illustrated lessons

CTCMath (online math program)

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – 12th grade

Prep Time: none

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Lessons are taught by tutorials/demonstrations
Diagrams/charts
Printable worksheets and certificates
Interactive questions
Multi-sensory

Math U See

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – 12th grade

Prep Time: minimal to moderate at younger levels.

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Manipulatives
Overlays
Videos
Hands-on experiences
Narration

Right Start Math

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten through 8th grade

Prep Time: moderate prep time

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Manipulatives
Games
Activities
Worksheets
Experiential learning

 

Science:

Apologia’s Exploring Creation Series

Apologia also has science curriculum for high school students. It too has many hands-on experiments and activities, but they are less artsy-craftsy, and the curriculum is much more challenging.

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – 6th grade

Prep Time: minimum to moderate depending on the lesson

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Conversational reading
Hands-on activities
Experiments
Creative assignments
Discussions
Notebooking/journaling
Drawing/coloring
Book making
Cut-and-paste activities

The Rainbow (by Beginnings Publishing)

Age/Grade Levels: junior high (about 7th and 8th grades)

Prep Time: moderate prep time (for labs)

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Written in an entertaining way directly to the student (using humor)
Hands-on laboratory experiments
Word problems
Activities
Focuses more on “doing” science than simply reading lessons


Social Studies/History:

Biblio Plan

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – 12th grade

Prep Time: moderate to high

BiblioPlan does require moderate to high preparation on the part of the teacher/parent. You will not be able to do every single thing listed or suggested, and you are not meant to do everything. If it will bother you to pick and choose the books and activities you want to include, then this is not the curriculum for you. If you enjoy having the flexibility to choose what you think your child will enjoy and you don’t mind putting in the prep time required, this could be a great fit for your homeschool.

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Research
Writing assignments
Supplemental reading (along with “core” reading)
Timelines
Charts
Maps
Optional hands-on activities
Coloring pages
History cards

History Revealed Series (by Diana Waring)

Age/Grade Levels:

Elementary Activity Book to introduce Kindergarten through 4th grade students to this curriculum/information

Main curriculum is intended for students of 5th through 12th grades.

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Incorporates living books
Hands-on activities
Meaning activities that students can tailor according to their own individual interests
Includes geography, music, architecture, art, science, and more from each time period
Discussion
Writing

Mystery of History

Age/Grade Levels: kindergarten – 12th grade

Prep Time: moderate to high depending on choice of activities

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

Audio CDs
Worksheets, maps, reading lists
Coloring pages
Challenge cards
Notebooking
Folderbooks
Timeline activities
Craft projects

Story of the World (with optional activity books)

Age/Grade Levels: 1st – 8th

Prep Time:

None for the books alone. If you use the activity books along with the core books, there will be some prep time according to which activities you choose to use.

Why it might appeal to your kinesthetic learner:

The books themselves might appeal more to auditory learners, but the optional activity books that go along with the core books can turn these books into sensory, hands-on studies that will appeal to kinesthetic learners too!

The components listed below are written with the assumption that you are using the activity books along with the core books.

Map activities
Games
Coloring pages
Cooking projects
Crafts
Science experiments
Puzzles

 

About the author

Wendy

Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She lives in the South with her husband, Scott, and 3 children. She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She is involved in her local church and her work for Hip Homeschool Moms, and she teaches Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for 26 years. Her oldest child, Hannah, is now age 22. She has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, Noah, is now age 21 and is the second homeschool graduate in the family. Her youngest child, Mary Grace, age 15, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves reading, eating gluten free, and working out.

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