Vocabulary levels-grades 1-3
by Achieve Publications
This highly effective teaching is designed to teach visual sequential memory of words, to develop a solid sight vocabulary and to recall the appearance of words for spelling. It is an excellent program to help all children to expand their ability to retain terms for basic subjects such as history and science. Achieve is easy to administer in 10-15 minute sessions. Statistical results of this program have been outstanding with students improving 60% in their visual recall letter span after completing just the first four levels. Levels I-IV increase visual memory from a 3 to a 13 letter span. Levels V & VI increase the span to a 16 letter level. Achieve was designed for developmental and/or remedial use.
Researchers have estimated that eighty (80) percent of all learning takes place through the eye (Ferrald & Schamber 1971) with visual memory existing as a crucial aspect of learning.
Students who have not developed visual memory skills frequently experience difficulty in remembering or recognizing words previously taught and visualizing the appearance of words for reading, writing and spelling. As a result these students fail to develop a good sight vocabulary, and frequently experience serious writing and spelling difficulties. Achieve was designed to develop visual memory by teaching students how to note the details of words, view words in terms of common word parts or syllables, and then recall what they have seen.
Scientists have revealed that in our short-term memory we can hold approximately six units of information. They have also concluded that the more related to each other the bits of information are, the more likely that they are to be retained as a single unit of information (Hittleman 1979). For example, the letters y a p p h will be retained as five separate units of information while the rearrangement of these letters into meaningful units, or syllables happy will cause them to be retained as two related units making up a meaningful whole.
ACHIEVE: A Visual Memory Program offers a systematic approach for the vision training of memory that has long been sought after by concerned classroom, reading and special education teachers as well as home schooling parents everywhere.