While we use auditory skills to learn, it is the visual skills that enable your child to develop advanced processing skills which, in turn, allow your child to progress to higher levels of learning. Using both auditory and visual skills together make the neurological connections most effective. In fact, the more senses that are involved the better! When learning how to spell or when learning math facts, those who use visual, auditory and motor skills together will retain the information better than those who use fewer sensory skills.
How Does Visualization in Learning Work?
To see how this works, try the following technique with your child.
First, have the child take a note card and write a word using crayons or markers. Then, have them decorate it however they wish. It’s helpful if they decorate their word with something that they would associate with the meaning of the word. For example, the word “flower” could be decorated with flower petals, stems and leaves. The word “cat” could have whiskers and a tail.
Next, take the card and hold it in front of your child and ask them to take a mental picture of it. Then ask them close their eyes and describe it to you. After this, see if they can spell the word in the air with their finger. They could also try saying it out loud while clapping their hands or tapping their legs.
Once they are able to see the word you could have them try spelling it to you backwards. They may need to occasionally retake their “picture”. It may also help to keep a beat as they are telling you the word. You can also use this technique for memorizing math fact families. Try it and see how it works for you!
More Information on Visualization In Learning
For more information on this technique Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has written a great book for parents titled See It. Say It. Do It!
I would love to hear any comments or suggestions, and if you have any other spelling techniques that have worked for you please share them with me. If you think your child would benefit from additional training in using visualization, please contact me.
See our previous post on Practical Usage of Visualization.
Visualization In Learning