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How Neuroscience and Sight Words Will Help Children Learn

>PRWEB.COM Newswire

Manhattan Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011

Recent neuroscience studies and research are showing just how important sight words are to the process of learning how to read.

Sight Words make up 50-60% of all English words a child needs to be able to read. Shockingly, these essential words are taught using rote memorization only.

“These sight words are ‘essential’ to reading and learning,” says Melanie West, educational psychologist and co-founder of Picture First Learning. “However, the meanings of these words are seldom explored in the K-2 curriculum.”

Rote memorization without building comprehension and meaning leaves many students unable to “think” with these words.

The latest research in neuroscience shows that when a brain comprehends a word, the brain actually “experiences” the word. For instance, when the brain reads the word “jump,” the parts of the brain responsible for causing our bodies to physically move become active.
Without meaning and comprehension, students aren’t able to “experience” the words and therefore aren’t able to “think” with them.

This can cause many learning difficulties later in their school career. “Studies such as these,” says Melanie, “are beginning to show that a ‘rote memorization’ approach to learning how to read may have devastating effects on a child's long term reading comprehension skills, creative thinking, and problem solving abilities.”

About Picture First Learning
PictureFirstLearning provides sight word flash cards, worksheets, and books for K-2 students. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, CA, was founded by Melanie West and Suzanne Kisly Coburn of The Right Side of Learning, Inc. To find out more about PictureFirstLearning and the Sight Word products, visit

About Melanie West
Both an accomplished educational psychologist and mother of four, Melanie West has devoted her life to helping children succeed both in school and in life. Over the past 15 years, Melanie has helped thousands of parents understand their children’s behavior and learning, allowing them to resolve even the toughest of problems.


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