Multi-Sensory Learning through the Senses
Many kindergarten students are finishing their first year of school without mastery of the necessary foundational skills for a successful school career. In order to ensure that kindergarten students are successfully reaching mastery, I will implement multi-sensory approaches to learning. Multi-sensory learning involves activating different parts of the brain by utilizing multiple modalities that involve the senses. Students will hear and see as well as manipulate what they are learning through the sense of touch. For example, students will practice reading a word by stretching it out phonetically using finger taps and spelling it by moving individual letter tiles then they will blend the sounds together out loud and read the word while listening to their sound phone. Students may then utilize various writing manipulatives such as Wikki Stix or gel boards to write the word. Utilizing activities that incorporate multiple modalities of learning will allow all students to learn and retain information better and longer than traditional flash card learning which only utilizes one modality. In order to determine if implementing multi-sensory approaches impacted learning I will compare beginning and end of the year assessments as well as this data to last school years to determine if the rate of learning increased and if more students are mastering kindergarten skills. Results from this study will be communicated at the Summit as well as with my fellow colleagues. I will also include updates on the Promising Practices Holler. I hope that other teachers may find inspiration from my project.