Visual Mnemonics as Cognitive Super Glue
The value of mnemonics for teaching letter-sound relations to kindergartners is supported by evidence.
—National Reading Panel Report, 2-125
Research and experience indicate that Visual Mnemonics are an efficient (and fun) method of helping students remember the relationship between the sound of a letter and its visual representation. A Visual Mnemonic is like “cognitive super glue,” magically and quickly pairing together “Sounds” and “Spellings” to one another with a lasting bond. Below we offer a webinar and an article that explores the origin and effectiveness of Visual Mnemonics. Enjoy!
Research-Based Tools and Strategies Proven to Help Beginner Readers
Presented by Eyal Rav-Noy and Tzippy Rav-Noy, Co-Founders of Capit Learning
Researchers have long known that phonemic awareness is highly correlated with individual differences in children's word-reading skills. Training students in phonemic awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge is recommended in both the United States (NRP, 2000) and the United Kingdom (Rose, 2006). But why do some students struggle so much when learning their sounds? How can teachers help their students remember their sounds? Does the research recommend a particular method for teaching these foundational reading skills?
In this webinar Eyal Rav-Noy and Tzippy Rav-Noy, Co-Founders of Capit Learning, discuss the National Reading Panel Report, an evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction. They share three tools the report recommends for early readers that often are overlooked by many teachers, researchers, and curriculum developers. Learn about these research-based tools that will increase your young students’ phonemic awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge. Learn how to easily integrate the tools into your existing lesson plans and classroom.
This webinar is designed for Pre-K through grade one teachers, transitional kindergarten teachers, reading specialists, and ELA coordinators. School librarians and special education teachers also will benefit from this recorded session.
The Value of Visual Mnemonics for Teaching Letter-Sound Relations
Why do Letters make the "sounds" they Do? Why does the letter “s” make the sound /s/? Why does the letter “L” make the sound /l/?
A visual mnemonic helps establish an objective association in the student’s mind between the Sound and Spelling, unburdening the student’s memory, and easing the learning process. Read the article to find out why.
CAPIT Pronunciation Guide
Students who don’t pronounce sounds correctly will have trouble “hearing” how sounds blend together to form words (NRP 2000, 2-104). /kuh/ + /a/ + /tuh/ does not make the word /cat/. It sounds more like: kuhatuh. Students who pronounce sounds correctly avoid this difficulty.
Our Pronunciation Guide provides sound files so teachers can hear how each sound should be pronounced and share it with their students. We also provide short video clips detailing how each sound is formed. The Pronunciation Guide is available to all CAPIT Teachers.