Have you been in a situation when you were trying to teach your kid with sight cards and it was just not clicking? What does it look like when it’s not clicking? Your child staring off into space or both of you getting exasperated or starting with this task with so much angst from the memories of the last time your child could not recall the words in the deck? I remember the days when I used to approach our daughter like this.
Now, when our daughter studies for her spelling words it looks different. It looks like a child having fun. It looks like a child jumping on a trampoline. I know that may sound funny but one thing that has helped our daughter with memorizing her spelling words is to jump on the trampoline while saying each letter of the word out loud. Her movement actually helps with memory.
For example, one of her spelling words for the week was “question”. My daughter bounced to each letter in the word: q-u-e-s-t-i-o-n. As her body lifted into the air, she would say one letter at a time with each bounce while stretching her legs out to the side in a split jump. This is a wonderful learning tool for you to try at home. It is an experience that works both sides of the brain. The correct term for this would be kinesthetic multi sensory learning which is the mind, body and vocalizing where you see it, say it, do it.
This type of learning is especially effective with the words that are more difficult for your child. I know this may sounds redundant, however, dyslexia is just that. Review it over and over and over then break it down again and again until you get it. And sure enough my daughter got 100% on her spelling test. She was so proud of herself, dancing through the house spelling all of her words and yes, very proud! Every time she studies and masters content in this way, her confidence soars. She is showing so much tenacity now more then ever and wanting to learn more and more!
Please reach out to me with any questions. I would love your feedback!