Teaching Young Readers to “See” Words

November 08, 2018

It has been described as “seeing a movie in your mind.” A strong reader mentally associates words on a page with a richly flowing story in his or her mind. This makes reading meaningful and enjoyable, but not everybody has this skill.
At a recent workshop at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, teachers learned how to help students who have difficulty matching words with imagery. A presenter from Lindamood Bell, an instructional program aimed at helping students who struggle with reading and comprehension, provided participants with a variety of tools, including lists of the most frequently used words in the English language.
“Students need to be able to recognize these words instantly,” she said.
The workshop, titled “Seeing Stars,” focused on helping students make those vital imagery-language connections. The two-day workshop was offered through the Curriculum Center of PNW BOCES and is one of the center’s many professional development opportunities in the area of literacy.