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By Dr. Heather Wittenberg
Learning to read is a huge milestone for your child, making it possible to learn about any subject under the sun. And so we dutifully read, read, read to our kids, hoping that one day the skill will “click”.
I’ve got a great shortcut. Summer’s the time for fun and games, so you can sneak in a ton of learning — that is, if you understand a little-known fact about child development.
Your child has a unique sensory style — we all do. Think of all the senses and how your child responds to each one. Understanding your child’s sensory style will help you create fun lessons that are more likely to maximize learning. One of my kids never forgets a song, and so we sing important lessons with her. Another one hates noise, but loves pictures and visual learning — and so we do a lot of drawing and play-acting with him.
Once you understand your child’s sensory style, the next step is to boost reading time with these fun tips!
Combining sensory learning with reading will create powerful memories that will last a lifetime. Have fun!
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A licensed child psychologist, Dr. Heather partners Group provides valuable, and always humorous, insights on our blog.