Developing the Gift in Movement without Getting Too Physical
The gift in movement may also be known as Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligencesas referred to by Professor Thomas Armstrong in his Multiple Intelligencesbook.
Kinesthetic originated from the Greek word "kinein" which means to set in motion or to move. It is our movement sense. In general, it refers to an awareness of changes in the body's momentum, balance, pressure, and position. It tells us all about how we are moving our bodies.
Having that gift in movement is being able tocontrol one's bodily motions and having the capacity to handle objects skillfully. According to Armstrong, this also includes having a sense of timing, a clear sense of the goal of a physical action, and the ability to train responses.
Children with this gift are highly aware of the world through touch and movement. They use their bodies to learn, to make something, or to express ideas and emotions. These are the children who learn best through physical activity, whether it is through games, hands-on tasks, or building—as long as they get to use their bodies and move. It’s not surprising that they also respond well to the world around them and tend to learn better when multi-tasking. If they can’t move around, they’ll be the ones most likely to fidget in their seats. Contrary to popular belief, moving helps them concentrate better!
Going Beyond Sports
Naturally, most parents would relate this giftin movement with their child being good at sports. However, there are other activities and games he can do to help nurture it, aside from playing a sport.
No, this isn’t just for those who want to be in show business when they grow older. If your child is confident and loves being in the spotlight, then getting him to do performing arts-related activities is the perfect way to nurture their gift in movement. Through acting, he can usehis body and facial muscles to move and express emotions. A great strength of acting classis its appeal to various learning styles, while helping boost your child’s confidence.
Considering all those times your child will have to perform throughout his student life, dancing is a valuable skill to have. Dancing encourages the understanding of various concepts through movement, while encouraging the expression of ideas. Most dance styles involve using all the muscles in his body. Dancers have to focus on what step to perform each moment, and at the same time, think of what the next step is. A study shows that allowing your child to participate in dance lessons helps improve hisgift in movement. Besides, dancing is also a good way to improve muscle memory.
Aside from being an important life skill, cooking allows your child to use their hands. Helping out in the kitchen also helps develop their fine motor skills. Some gifts in movement that are used include hand-to-eye coordination, bilateral coordination (using both hands at the same time), and strengthening of hands. Help nurturehissmall muscle control and eye-hand coordination by letting him practice basic steps like washing, chopping, squeezing, mixing, scooping, and spreading.
The best way for your child to have fun while learning is through games that involve movement. He can use and nurturehis gift in movementvia physical movements. Charades is a game he can enjoy because it allows him to use his whole body and encourages him to creatively express himself without words. Simon Says tests his skill in following instructions. Twister is another great option, as he will have to use different parts of his body and balance to play.
Truly, apart from sports, there are other activities that can help nurture your child’s gift in movement and bring out the best in him.
For your child’s development, make sure he gets the nutrition he needs as well alongside a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to support proper growth and mental development.
PROMIL® FOUR is a powdered formula milk drink for children over 3 years old. It is not suitable for use as a breast milk substitute.
- Multiple intelligences in the classroom 3rd ed by Thomas Armstrong