“Why does my child forget words they have read on one page when they come across the same words on the next page?”

Children easily forget words they have read, when they are not using their visual memory.

Visual memory is making and recording a picture in your imagination, with learning it can be seeing the letters of the word you are about to spell in your imagination or making a photograph or drawing of what you are learning, so that you can recall it later on.

When you remember an image visually, you usually look up and slightly to the left to access this memory. This position is a good access point to enable your child to use their visual memory.

To train your child’s visual memory, sit comfortably with your elbow supported with a cushion and move your child’s reading book up and hold the book about ten centimetres above your child’s eye-line, slightly to their left. Keep a finger under the word they are reading out aloud, so that your child remembers words visually, as well as saying the words.

When you are reading with your child, try this method daily for at least a month. See what a difference it makes to your child’s reading.


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Izzy Harrap. Hornsby Dip. Dip AT. NLP Practitioner. AMT Master Practitioner.

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