Our All-Star blogger Jacquie from My Blessings Homeschool gives us the scoop on how she teaches creatively with a multi-sensory approach!
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
H is for Hands On: A Guide to Multisensory Teaching
What does multisensory teaching have to do with creativity in your homeschool? Well in order to teach with a multisensory approach it takes a little creativity! There are curricula out that and ‘ll help you with a few but some subjects are a little tricky to teach this way.
As a kid, my favorite teacher was my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Arnold. She loved teaching and using hands on activities to do so. Keeping us involved helped us learn so much more! I’ve learned the same with my own children. When they are involved in the learning they enjoy it much more when things are taught using several of the senses. Not sure where to start with multi-sensory teaching? I’m here to help!
What is multisensory teaching?
Often when we teach we will either read a book or tell a bunch of facts and then the students are expected to answer questions or complete a worksheet based on what they just learned. This technique is great for auditory or visual learners who do well with this type of learning. Many children (and adults too) learn better by doing something. That’s where multisensory learning helps!
Instead of just reading a page and doing a worksheet the student is involved in the learning in several ways. This may be by moving their body is some way, using math manipulatives or crafts. To summarize, multi meaning, many or multiple and sensory pertaining to the senses makes multisensory mean many senses. Multisensory teaching = teaching while involving many senses!
Now for the fun part of how to do this!
This one may be a little trickier but it’s also one reason why I love our My Father’s World curriculum. With history you’ll definitely want quality, living books to learn from for whatever time frame you are studying. From there you can do crafts, games, dramatizations or videos to use a variety or sensorial activities and help kids get a better grasp on what you’re reading about.
Unlike history this one can be quite easy to teach with hands on methods! After you’ve done your reading there’s numerous experiments, field trips, reports and nature studies that can be done! Unfortunately for me, these are some of the things that tend to get pushed aside when we are busy but they are an important way of teaching science so that our children understand what they are learning instead of just reading about it. If you only have time to read though you can have your students draw a picture of something they’ve learned that day or just simply write it in a few sentences if you’re really strapped for time.