Neuroscientists have learned that brain neurons that fire together, wire together. When we teach using multiple senses simultaneously, neurons in the brain fire at the same time and wire together to create neural networks. These neural networks allow the brain to store and retrieve information much more efficiently.
When children are taught to read using all three pathways to the brain—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic—they are able to learn more effectively than when they are taught through only one pathway. The more senses we involve, the more learning occurs. So even if a child tends to prefer one modality, it is still important to teach through all three pathways.
When teaching to multiple senses it isn’t necessary to figure out whether the child has a particular learning preference because the best way to teach is to involve multiple pathways to the brain rather than target just one pathway.
Eyewords evidence-based multisensory reading program and resources are a tremendous benefit to young learners and struggling readers. Eyewords Multisensory Sight Words create context for abstract words by embedding meaningful pictures into words, providing related auditory cues and corresponding kinesthetic actions. These cuing systems, along with segmenting and blending words phonetically provide a differentiated and comprehensive approach to the learning of high frequency words. The visual, verbal and kinesthetic input help learners form a stronger memory trace, deepening their association between the word and its meaning and enabling them to sight read words more quickly than with phonics instruction alone.