Multisensory Learning : What is the definition of “Multisensory Teaching”?
Multisensory teaching methods are PROVEN to improve learning in Learning Abled Child(ren). In fact, it helps all kids learn better.
As a literal definition, multisensory teaching, comes from two pieces.
“Multi” means “more than one.”
“Sensory” “involves or is derived from the senses.”
That means Multisensory “involves more than one of the bodily senses at a time.”
Multisensory learning and teaching involves teaching your child through each of the senses at the same time.
- Auditory (hearing and speaking).
- Visual (seeing and perceiving).
- Kinesthetic / Tactile (touch, movement, and doing).
How do you teach using multisensory teaching methods?
Lessons taught using multisensory teaching methods use two or more of the teaching modes simultaneously to teach your child. You use a several ways to teach information to your child or to allow your child to express what he has learned.
When teachers teach in two or more ways, their teaching becomes more interesting to the kids. When students can express their learning in a variety of ways, they can choose their best skills to show what they know. This is multisensory learning and teaching at its best!
Multisensory teaching is ideal for kids of any learning style. Multisensory learning has the best outcomes when teaching includes learning activities that use your child’s strongest learning style(s). This is one reason kids who are homeschooled learn at a faster rate than kids in traditional school… They benefit from MORE multisensory learning that is geared to their own needs.
“Albert Einstein said, ‘Learning is experiencing. Everything else is just information.'” We must use our senses while we’re teaching and learning. We have an innate need to see, touch, taste, feel, and hear the things around us. We use our senses to study the new objects so we can understand them better. (Wesson, 2002, paraphrased).
Using your child’s senses for multisensory learning just makes sense!
Each learning style has unique learning strengths and needs. Your child has his own unique learning needs! When you figure out your child’s learning style, then you can teach your child better.
If you want to learn more about the proven nature of multisensory learning, the “Benefits of Multisensory Learning” study is worth reading.
Explore each of the learning styles in the upcoming pages. They will teach you how to design your child’s multisensory learning lessons. Press the “Forward” button to move ahead in this tutorial!
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