As Albert Einstein put it: “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.”
Visualization is very important to reading comprehension and communication.
Good readers make pictures in their head to go with the words in a book and this helps them understand the story. They make pictures of the people and places described in books. When readers draw on their knowledge and experiences to see pictures in their minds, they are engaging in visualization. Visualizing, also referred to as visualization, sensory imaging, imaging or forming “pictures” or “movies” in the mind, is the process of forming mental images while reading or listening to a story. These sensory images are the movies that unfold in our mind and which makes reading three-dimensional. Images are fluid: readers change them to incorporate new information as they read. These images come from all five senses- and from the emotions they evoke- and are anchored in the readers’ prior knowledge (Zimmermann & Hutchins, 2003).
By vividly visualizing the events depicted by the authors’ words, creative readers allow themselves to become part of the story: they see the colors, hear the sounds, feel the textures, taste the flavors, and smell the odors the writer describes. By doing this, they will live the story as they read, enjoy it more and understand it more deeply (Roe & Smith, 2005).
Visualization is the sensory data that connects a person to language and thought; it is a key element in the process involved in comprehension, expression and critical thinking.
Children who know how to visualize what they hear, read and create are better equipped to understand; and when they learn to describe that imagery they are able to communicate effectively either in verbal or written form.
Sleep’n Sync can help with its new program: Reading Comprehension and Communication Skills-Level I, as it stimulates reading comprehension, receptive language, verbal expression and reasoning skills by making the sensory connections with visual images. This program provides strategies that help your child create visual images from words and sentences that are read or spoken. It also helps them share these images using written or spoken words in order to enhance their communication skills.
Our programs are based on strong scientific research and best practices and are implemented in the convenience of the child’s bedroom while he or she sleeps. Simply choose the right program, download it and start tonight!