Multisensory instruction can help kids learn information more effectively because kids learn in many ways. Some learn best with information they hear; and some when they see it. Others when they are learning and moving; and others when they touch something. A multisensory approach means learning through more than one sensory system at the same time. Therefore, when designing instruction, it is important to include different senses to give kids more than one way to make connections and learn concepts.
Multisensory lessons engage students on all senses at one time. They are impactful because no matter the learning strength of each child (be it auditory, visual, tactile, or kinesthetic) it targets the learning strengths of all students at one time. It allows us to teach once and reach all our students. Therefore, all kids can benefit from multisensory instruction.
All learning happens through the following senses which act as pathways to the brain. These are the primary pathways to a child’s brain:
Auditory – Children who are strongly auditory learn best through the sense of hearing. These students need to hear themselves speak what they are learning.
Visual – Children who are strongly visual learn best through the sense of sight. These students need visuals that show the meaning of what they are learning.
Tactile – Students who are strongly visual learn best through the sense of touch. These students must have the opportunity to use their hands to learn.
Kinesthetic – Students who are strongly kinesthetic learn best through body movement. These students must move to focus and learn.
Are you wondering if this works? The best answer to that question is asking “do you learn better by one of the 4 modalities”? Most people will have at least one preference and most always can name one modality that is not their strength. What is yours?
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.