How to Help Wiggly Kids Love Reading
I have always had a special place in my heart for the wiggly kids. These kids are often extremely bright and move from one task to the next. They are eager to learn, but are hard to engage with traditional workbook methods and seat work. These are children who teach us all to have fun when we learn. If we embrace their gift, it gets us up and moving. And we all laugh more. When we fight their gift, everyone is miserable. It is also these wiggly kids that can teach us about the solution to another crisis plaguing the United States: obesity. If we would stop telling them to "sit still" and rather join them in motion, we would all be healthier.
We all learn best when using a combination of hearing, seeing, doing, and speaking. Each pathway for learning engages a different area of the brain. When we teach with multi-sensory methods, these pathways build synapses between one another. In addition, since everyone has weaknesses and strengths, all students can use their areas of strength while strengthening their areas of weakness.
Reading the Only Passionate Curiosity blog post, "My Baby Can Read. Also, Logic of English is Awesome" made me smile not only because her wiggly son is reading at 4.5, but also because he is loving reading. This is because the activities are engaging him physically as well as mentally. Reading education does not need to be sedentary. Rather, reading education should be active and playful. Kids should jump to the phonogram sounds, find them in treasure hunts, read words and act them out, zoom cars at phonograms, and much more. Learning should be as fun as play. For learning, like play, is about exploring our world in freedom. In this way children learn to love to read!