Why does Action Words use actions?
Look at the word, say it, remember it.
The child's brain uses the sight and auditory pathways to send a word to long term memory.
By adding an action we add in one more pathway to long term memory. the kinaesthetic (muscle sense) pathway.
Muscle memory is a very powerful pathway. We don't forget how to swim, ride a bike, knit, write etc.
By linking all three pathways we make it more likely that the word will be remembered and we'll create a mental word bank.
Why is there an emphasis on fun?
How do I start?
Choose a time that's fun for both of you. Cut up the words and pictures and lay them face up. It's important that your child feels in charge during these first steps. Make them the boss. This reduces stress and the need to get it right first time. The activities can be done one per night and should only take about five to ten minutes.
Introducing new words
Child : Points to any picture or word.
You: Do the action (and say the word) or say the word (and do the action) they have pointed at.
Continue until your child has pointed to each word and picture at least twice.
Child: Picks a picture, does the action and says the word if they can remember it.
You: Find the word, say the word.
Child. Says a word.
You: Find the word, do the action, say the word.
Child: Finds the picture to match, does the action, says the word.
Child: Asks you to match each word and picture, saying each word and doing each action.
You: Match them but get some wrong so that your child can correct you.
Child: Matches each word and picture. Doing the action and saying the word
Use some or all of the Action Words learned so far. Lay them face up.
Child: Quickly matches any known words and pictures, demonstrating the action and saying the word. Put these to one side.
Use the words that are left.
Make your child the teacher.
Child: Picks a picture, demonstrates the action and says the word.
You: Pick up the matching word (sometimes pick up the right word, sometimes the wrong one, children love correcting adults!)
Continue until all of the words have been matched.