Michelle Hancey, with See ABC’s, explained how new teaching techniques can help teach children using skills that weren’t always used before.
We all would agree learning how to read is important, but what about the importance of how reading is taught. Some kids may not always learn the way traditional learn-to-read methods teach. In fact how do you learn the nine different sounds that the letter “A” makes? And with only one child in eight who leaves first grade as a poor reader ever catching up to grade level, parents should identify what type of learner their child is and consider multiple sensory learning methods to make sure their child is leaving first grade reading at grade level and ready for all the different sounds in sight words.
The U.S. Department of Education says “Other than helping your children to grow up healthy and happy…the most important thing you can do for them is to help them develop their reading skills.” One of the easiest ways for parents to ensure this reading success and confidence is teaching their children in a way in which they successfully learn.
Often times children fall behind because reading is taught only one way. This can happen to any child, even those who are potentially very smart. Using multiple sensory techniques allow children of all learning styles to achieve reading success. These techniques help children learn quicker and more thoroughly because they combine the left and right sides of the brain using visual, auditory, and tactile (hands-on) senses simultaneously. Learning then becomes natural for the child, rather than learning in a way they don’t identify with.
An example of where multiple sensory methods are needed is when learning sight words. What is a sight word, you may ask? Well have you ever realized that the letter “A” makes 9 different sounds? Sight words in the English language are words that have vowels that imitate other vowel sounds. For example, with the word “walk,” the “a” makes neither the long or short sound like in the words ape and apple. It actually makes the “o” sound like octopus. Often times the only way these difficult words are taught is with no-fun memorization and lots of questions by children with no good answers from parents or teachers. If a child doesn’t memorize well they may lose reading momentum in this stage of the learning process. Multiple sensory methods can resolve this challenge for many children.
For more information on how multiple sensory learning can develop reading skills 2-10 times faster than traditional learn-to-read methods visit www.seeabcs.com or call 877-496-8140.