A visual-spatial learner is a student who learns holistically (all at once) rather than in a step-by-step fashion. Pictures, whether printed or imagined, play an important role in the learning process. Because the child is processing primarily in pictures rather than words, ideas are interconnected, and the child must not be rushed and should be judged on how well he/she can put into words what he/she sees.
When you use SnapWords™ for learning high-frequency words, the brain snaps a picture of the word and easily recalls it later when the child no longer sees the image.
Is my child a visual learner?
As a parent, you naturally want to provide the best learning experience for your child. You’ve doubtless heard a lot about the various learning styles and how they might impact how your child learns, but you also might wonder how much of it is relevant to your situation. If your child is sailing through learning reading and math, likely not much of the learning styles discussion would impact you and your family. However, if your child is struggling with learning the basic skills, looking at learning styles might be important. In particular, visual-spatial learners tend to face learning difficulties because traditional curricula are designed for a different type of learner.
What are the strengths of the visual learner?
Common Strengths of Gestalt Learners:
- Learns best through movement
- Will focus on whole picture
- Needs emotional relevance to self
- Needs to see and hear the whole image/sound in order to learn
What are some good teaching strategies for visual learners?
Many visual learners must see the whole picture before they can make sense out of a single detail. They have to see each detail fitting into the whole and see the relationship between all the parts. Any detail not located within the map – not related to other details – becomes a serious distraction. When presented with details they don’t know how to deal with, visual learners can come to an abrupt, stammering halt. They appear to be absolutely dim and incapable of grasping what seems amazingly simple to their sequential peers. Thinking in whole pictures is actually a wonderful ability – it is just not appreciated in traditional lessons.
Are there many children who learn best through pictures?
The same applies to different types of learners. We have come to the point in our society where every child seems to need a label and one that details specifically how he learns or doesn’t learn. We have visual learner, tactile learner, dyslexic learner, autistic, and many many other labels. The implication is that each of those types of learners requires a specific set of directions for how to teach them successfully. In doing research, however, and as I have read the experts in each of the most common areas of disability, one element keeps on showing up: the fact that so many of these non-traditional learners learn best through pictures and hands-on lessons.
Helping visual learners with reading comprehension.
One of the constants in classrooms across the country is the sight word list. Every teacher has a list and one of her important tasks is to get her children to learn all the words on the list. I remember paying a lot of attention to sight word acquisition when I was in the classroom; after all, we had testing every quarter and a big component of each test was sight word recognition. The children who had become very fluent in instantly being able to call the words as they flashed before their eyes scored highest on their testing. Those children who preferred to think a bit, to make sure they were saying the right word, or who needed to look for clues to help them remember, well, they scored lower. At any rate, it was something we all focused on quite a bit.
Why is a multisensory teaching approach best and what does one look like?
What does it really mean when we say multisensory? The accepted, traditional teaching techniques typically used in the classroom meet the needs of (left-brained) sequential learners. Concepts are introduced in a step by step sequence and are practiced and reviewed using drill and memorization; children must also show evidence of their learning in a particular time frame. This is all very good for children who are left-brained or sequential learners. The problem is, of course, that while the approach to teaching is great for those children who are sequential, every learner is taught this way and this traditional approach is ineffective at best for all the non-sequential learners.
Free games and activities for teaching sight words
We have free samples of many of our sight word games and other resources available for download on our website. Try them out with your students before investing in the complete resources!
Try before you buy: FREE SnapWords™ to download
We have free samples of our sight word cards available for download on our website. Try them out with your students before investing in the complete resources!
List of sight words for kindergarten (and up) to download
We’ve created an index of which sight words are in each of our lists so you can compare to which words your child already knows or your district requirements and see which lists would be the best fit for you.
Testimonial:“I just have to say how thrilled I am with the Snap Word cards! I just figured out my homeschooled 6-year-old daughter is a right-brained and visual learner. We have been using sight word flash cards for about a year with the curriculum we are using and she was just "not getting it". The words were not soaking in. We would drill the flashcards over and over and she'd memorize a few of them, but when I would show her the same words in the context of a reader, she would act like she had never seen the words. I was starting to get so frustrated and then I happened upon your website and saw the Snap Word cards. I ordered all of them and I just can't believe how quickly my daughter is now "getting it"! It's as if a light bulb has been turned on in her head! We are already! almost through the first set and usually I just have to show her the side with the drawing only once and she has it! I am AMAZED! And now, she is picking those words out in the books we read together. It's as if her mind takes a snapshot of the drawing side and then it's easy! Even later in the evening when we're reading books and she sees one of those words, she will actually say the little saying on the back of the card and I can tell she is visualizing the card and and then the word appears in her mind. AMAZING! Thank you so much. I am so glad I discovered the Snap Words cards!”