Anchor Sight Word Retention with Simple Movement Exercises
This article provides information on how you can use movement to anchor sight word retention. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider. None of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
When someone asks you a question, what do you normally do? Many times, you look upward as if to “search” for the answer to the question.
When we need to recall details, our natural response is to channel our visual system and the upper centers of our brain to remember what was stored there both in our long-term and short-term memory.
So how can we help our kids better remember and recall details (for example, sight words) while anchoring learning so it will “stick” in their brain?
The answer is movement! Kinesthetic learners learn best through movement activities and exercises that stimulate the brain for higher learning. They take in information best while involved in projects.
Activities like role playing, jumping, balancing, throwing a ball, standing and balancing help engage a child in real life activities that anchor learning. Many kids learn best, especially those with learning challenges, when we anchor different subjects to movement so we can “awaken” the brain.
How Movement helps Sight Word Retention
Sight words, for example, are retained much better when the child begins memorizing the words with some type of movement that also incorporates sensory play. Movement stimulates cognitive development and can help a child store sight words in their long-term memory for when they need to use them. Each time we move, we open the door for learning.
Because sight words are accessed through our visual system, we can use activities to stimulate this area of the brain so the child can retrieve the information while they are reading, spelling and writing.
Remember when we were asked a question and we looked up to retrieve the answer? That is our visual system hard at work.
To engage a child’s body, brain and visual system all at the same time, we want to use movements that encourage the child to look upward. When we place a sight word on the wall above the child’s eyes, we are supporting their visual system the next time they are asked a question or need to remember a particular sight word.
Sight Word Retention Exercises
We have developed a helpful chart for you to follow with some recommended suggestions on simple exercises your child can do to activate the brain for learning sight words. Here are a few tips before you get started.
Tips and Tricks
*While performing exercises, place sight words on a wall above the child’s eyes if possible
*Have the child say the sight word before they begin the activity
*Complete the movement once per letter
*Have the child say the sight word again at the very end
*Repeat the exercise (Child can complete activity 3 to 5 times per sight word)
Example: If the sight word is “play,” have the child say “play” and do one jumping jack per letter. A total of four jumping jacks. Ask the child to repeat the word “play” again when they are finished. Repeat the activity three to five times or move to another word and start from the beginning after three or four words.
Sight Word Movement List
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