Studies show that only 30% of the population learn visually, therefore, it is important that caregivers and teachers use teaching methods that engage all or some of the remaining senses.
The most effective teaching method for all children, particularly those exhibiting signs of a learning difficulty, is a multi-sensory approach. In fact, this is imperative for dyslexic students. Multi-sensory teaching is exactly as it sounds, utilizing all the senses to relay information to students.
Sapphire is a prime example of how a child can benefit from this type of teaching approach. Her auditory processing and speech/language skills are impaired. It is important, therefore, she utilize all of her senses, particularly touch and movement. Her brain responds best to tactile and kinetic memories. The multi-sensory approach enables the child to use their personal areas of strength to help them learn.
I was recently given the opportunity to test drive the bumpy books teaching tool and to be honest I didn't hesitate to jump on it.
The Bumpy Books manual is a teaching tool that helps you teach your child to read. Phonetic awareness is the first step in learning to read.
The book allows the child to learn using the multi-sensory approach. The child or student is given the opportunity to feel, see, hear and say each letter in the book.
Most importantly this is a teaching manual that eliminates the stress and frustration felt by caregivers who may not "know where to begin" when teaching a child to read.
The book was developed by Ann Edwards who is a licensed Reading Specialist and certified member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators but more importantly a MOM! (In fact a mom of 6!!!)
Sapphire, Opal and myself give this book Five Stars!
In fact, I plan on ordering several copies to give to my nieces and nephews who are entering Kindergarten this fall.
I would recommend this book for children ages 4-7 and for children struggling with reading and language development.
I feel the price tag of $25.00 is unbelievably reasonable considering the resources you are given when you purchase the book.
I am encouraging all of my readers to go to their website and learn more about how you can purchase this wonderful teaching aid. Click Here for a video description of how bumpy books can help your child learn to read and here to see all the press coverage this great book is receiving.
Now here is the exciting part!
Ann Edwards has graciously given me the opportunity to give away a bumpy book to one of my "Three Jewels In My Crown" readers.
Here is the super easy way to get your hands on this unique book.
1. Share with me- What is your child's favorite book to read?
2. Let me know what book you read last. Maybe I'll check it out and suggest if to my fellow Book Clubbers(not sure if Book Clubbers is an actual word but it's my blog so I can use it if I want) :)
For additional entries you can leave me a separate comment letting me know that
- you follow Three Jewels In My Crown
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- follow me on twitter and/or tweet about this giveaway
This contest is open to all residents of the United States and Canada. The contest will commence Sept 1, 2010 at 11:59pm est. Come on back here on September 2, 2010 to find out who the lucky winner is. The winner will be chosen via randomnumber.org
GOOD LUCK and happy reading everyone!