Sight Words with Pictures Build Better Readers

A picture is worth 1000 words
Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension come from two different places in the brain. Brain imaging shows that many children can listen, talk, and read words without having all of the words linking to correct imagery in the right side, reading comprehension, part of the brain. The left side of the brain has the ability to memorize information (download and output) without having actually ‘learned’ from the information on the page. When a child learns to read but does not create accurate imagery, mistakes occur. Low test scores, difficulties with following directions, and low reading comprehension are all indications that the left side of the brain is ‘reading the words’ but the right side of the brain is not creating accurate imagery to link with those words. Sight words add critical information to the picture....
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Reading Sight Words Successfully Requires Visualization and Good Mental Focus

Can you hear me now?
All of us have experienced a “dropped call”….talking to someone on the phone even after the connection has been lost! Imagine continuing to talk (or, even worse, teach) your child after the ‘connection’ has been lost. There’s NO point, right? But, that’s exactly what happens when you are trying to transmit information to a child who is not in Mental Focus.   Mental Focus is having the ability to consciously visualize (pay attention) to words. Mental Focus is the primary skill needed for learning to read sight words and learning how to create reading comprehension. A child who had developed good Mental Focus has the ability to switch from Nonverbal to Verbal thinking. All young learners naturally spend much of their time thinking Nonverbally – physical play, electronic games, and imaginative play all require strong...
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