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Today, I discuss how I use errorless learning and visual learning strategies when teaching my special needs daughter, Bethany
Some people learn best when the material they are expected to learn is presented in a highly visual manner.
They need lots of pictures, diagrams, and videos in order to remember what they’ve been taught.
People that learn best this way are called visual learners.
As a result, I am always on the look out for and creating visual learning materials to teach her just about anything she needs to learn.
Since she is learning at the PreK- first grade level, most of her lessons are presented using pictures paired with printed words or simple sentences.
I have found that Cut and Paste, Flash Cards, educational puzzles, diagrams, drawings and Matching Games are great strategies to use for teaching Bethany sight words, science concepts, math skills, and well, just about anything, really.
Visual learners who can read may benefit from writing down the information they are expected to learn.
Using written social stories and schedules, graphics, images, charts, outlines, story maps, diagrams are all great ways to make lessons more visual, as well!
Using color cues, framing, and symbols to highlight key information may also be helpful for those who can read.
Essentially, errorless learning is a method of teaching which presents the lesson in such a way as to not allow the learner to make a mistake.
I created a color sight word matching game by writing the color names in black on one side of the paper and on the other side I wrote them in their respective colors (as a fail proof hint) so that Bethany can successfully draw a line to match up the words correctly.
I also created Bethany an errorless learning book to help her learn animal names!
I use this strategy when teaching Bethany because I don’t want her memory imprinted with incorrect information.
I don’t want errors and wrong answers to be what sticks in her memory!
Errorless learning strategies are perfect for students like Bethany, who feel a great need to succeed and always be correct!
This educational method has seriously reduced Bethany’s anxiety and fear of failing when learning new concepts!
Errorless learning makes learning a positive experience and helps motivate the student to keep learning new concepts!
Check out the videos below to see some of the visuals and errorless learning materials I use and created when teaching my daughter, Bethany!
Books that I have, use, and highly recommend!