Cheryl E. Hill
Multisensory Learning is inherent when… Teaching First Things First
Engaging your child, your student, in learning requiring all their senses to be involved is multisensory learning. The brain connects to all our senses. To that effect, we remember how to do things best when the directions we are given engage multiple senses.
Most learning activities contain audio or visual learning engagement opportunities. However, learning activities should not stop short with only just auditory and visual learning experiences. To be effectively multisensory learning, also includes kinesthetic, tactile, smell, and taste-related materials. The best learning opportunities include the engagement of multiple sensory so as to connect all areas of the brain. Doing so helps students develop stronger memories around how to do it to eventually arrive at the A-ha moment of I’ve got it! I can do it! Literacy in particular is an inherently multisensory skill; multisensory learning can help all students develop or strengthen their literacy skills. Often when reading educational articles and/or educational research buzz words appear which have similar and synonymous meanings with multisensory like for instance teaching to accommodate children’s individual learning styles; teaching to all modalities of learning; or teaching to embrace children’s multiple intelligences, etc.
Please know to understand multisensory is the overarching reference point. Understanding with reassurance that if multisensory engagement is a part of your engagement with children, all the synonymous buzz words are already apart of your instruction. Rest easy