Children learn in various ways, the most common being through the visual and auditory modalities. However, adding a third modality will greatly enhance the child’s ability to memorize and ultimately to read and to do math.
This is especially effective where the child has a learning problem and battles to read or spell. Using this, also adds to the child’s ability to memorize, store and retrieve information taught in class.
Furthermore, when a child struggles with reading in the initial phase, they are already letting you know that the visual and auditory approach does not work for them. The teacher will then best apply a multi-sensory approach
Tactile methods mainly imply fine motor coordination when learning, however not excluding gross motor coordination, like walking and dancing. The child must touch, manipulate and order objects that can be touched and felt.
Tactile learners cannot sit still for long periods and can fidget a lot. Their hands must always be busy during a lesson.
The skin is our biggest organ and very suitable for learning purposes. Feeling their way through new letters, words and digits can open the world of learning for them. Once they have grasped a new concept through touch, the transfer to more scholastic methods like writing happens easily. Having said this, it also implies that pencil grip and sitting and writing position must be in place. The same applies to reading. The distance between the eyes and book must be correct.
Children without learning disabilities will also benefit from this method used by Tactile Toys for the simple reason that instead of using only the visual and auditory modality to learn, they use a third modality namely the tactile modality to memorize new information. The more modalities that are used, the better the child’s ability to memorize, store and retrieve information. At a later stage analysis and thinking strategically will happen.
Learn by doing
Feeling letters enables the child to learn through analysis and synthesis by building a word, starting from very short words and gradually lengthening the word. This method works very well for children with learning problems.
Ideally the child should “read” with his/her forefinger by tracing over the letter a few times. A second letter can then be added like a plus t will make at, while the child is still tracing over the letters. Subsequently a third letter can be added. Now the child can read bat, cat, fat, etc all by tracing. At this stage he/she will be able to read without tracing and will be able to write the letter. This can be repeated with every vowel and later digraphs.
A carefully graded reader, which consists only of the words already built, is available.
Children without learning disabilities will also benefit from this method for the simple reason that instead of using only the visual and auditory modality to learn, they use a third modality namely the tactile modality to memorize new information.
Tactile Toys is aimed an initial learning in the early years. It can be used with equal success in the classroom and with home tutoring. It is a high quality and eco-friendly product which will enhance and strengthen the process of learning to read and doing mathematics.