Visualizing

I’ve heard so many people say, “I’m a visual learner.”  The fact is, many people are-including our own kids!  I think out of all the comprehension strategies, this one is my favorite.  I loved reading a chapter book to my Kindergarten class and asking them to close their eyes and describe what they saw in their little heads.  To me, visualizing makes the text come to life.

Visualizing helps kids to experience the text in ways that make it personal to them.  No two people will hear the same text and envision it the same way.  Visualizing also helps readers remember what they’ve read because it attaches a vivid picture to the written word.  Mental images can change as we read through the text (much like our predictions can change), creating a “movie in the mind”.

 

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