Updated: Dec 26, 2018
Solutions to Reading Problems #2
Have you ever been called on to stand up and read aloud in front of room full of friends,
colleagues, or even classmates? Picture this...
The 5th grade teacher has just called on you to stand next to your desk and read out
loud an entire page from the literature book the class is studying.
You take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, clear your throat and begin to read, with
expression, at the perfect speed.
You know, not too fast and not too slow. You are thinking about how great you are reading.
You confidently sail through the words, even the longer words.
You come to the end of the passage and you are so proud of yourself for reading with 100% accuracy. You smile to yourself as you take your seat...
But then, something dreadful begins to happen...You wish you were invisible.
The teacher begins asking questions...you know, those main idea,
prediction, inferencing type comprehension questions...
Your mind goes blank! You have no idea what you just read.
Would you like to know my secret trick that I learned later in life and use to this day to help me hold onto information? It’s so much fun!
Hi, I’m Jean Harville, founder of Private Dyslexia Tutor. I want to share this highly effective trick with you today so you can begin to help YOUR child who is struggling with reading comprehension.
I didn’t learn about this process, even though I sort of was doing it, until I was a teacher teaching these strategies.
All of a sudden I had this ‘aha’ moment when I realized I was doing this already, but really needed to be more intentional about developing my skill set to improve my comprehension.
I wish I had learned this skill in high school with all the mandatory reading requirements in many of my classes.
Don’t get me started about those standardized tests...ACT, SAT.
I had to reread, reread, reread those passages to answer the questions.
I felt defeated.
Until I figured out how to perfect this skill called Visualization.
I found that I enjoyed reading again, and because I could turn the content into a movie in my head, I was so excited about how to make my reading come alive.
I eagerly taught my students how to visualize, how to use color, movement, and emotion in their ‘mind movies’.
My students were able to hook new information into their movie scenes AND remember those details.
They began to get excited about reading and made passing grades on assignments.
So, are you ready to find out HOW you can teach this process to YOUR child while having fun? Would you like to fix two common problems in reading comprehension with ONE solution?
>>How to help a child with dyslexia at home using VISUALIZING for reading comprehension AND vocabulary improvement<<
To fully understand what a passage or story is about you need to be able to turn language into images.
With our dyslexic children, this is perfect for them, since they are right-brain thinkers...the right brain thinks in images.
Teaching story content and vocabulary through visualization is an effective way to build-up that vocabulary bank while strengthening comprehension.
Here’s a great way to begin.
Start with a single object that your child knows.
For example: Ask him to put the image of his favorite ball in his head. He can close his eyes if it helps.
Ask him to describe the ball.
You make an image of the ball exactly as he describes. Say, “Your words make me see (then describe exactly what he has told you)”.
Then notice what details he has left out, color, shape, size and describe the ball with the color YOU choose to make it.
Ask your child if your image matches his. He’ll probably correct you.
Go back and forth until he has put in all the details. We tend to remember color and emotion primarily so make sure those are included.
Proceed forward by putting the ball in a sentence....
“The ball bounced out the door”. Go through the same process as before putting color, size, details, movement, etc. in the mind-movie.
To add in another modality, you can have your child draw the ball or scene created by the sentence. If your child loves to doodle or draw, this is a great way to activate that part of the brain that stores information brought in through movement.
When you encounter vocabulary that is more abstract, such as “freedom”, you can image horses running freely in the countryside, hear the horses whinny, and feel the ground shake as they run past.
For the little words such as “is”, “the”, or “also”, simply image the sentence that they are a part of. Writing these words on a 3x5 card in color, sky writing the word with the index finger, choosing neon colors can help your child to develop an image for those words. ("Seeing Stars" by Nanci Bell)
Take a look around my website, Private Dyslexia Tutor, to learn more about me and the services I offer.
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I’m Jean Harville, founder of Private Dyslexia Tutor...helping students be successful in reading so they can be successful in life.
Blessings to you and your family.
In the comments below, answer to this question.
What strategy do you use to help you hold onto information as you read?