TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 43

How to Use Multi-sensory Instruction to Build Confident Readers with Jennifer Orr

By incorporating visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements into the learning process, we can engage students on multiple levels and create meaningful connections with written words.

Jennifer Orr
CEO, Eyewords

Join us in this insightful episode as we dive into the world of multi-sensory instruction with special guest Jennifer Orr, an expert in literacy education. In this episode, we explore the power of incorporating visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements to enhance reading instruction and support the development of confident readers.

Jennifer Orr shares practical strategies and resources that teachers and parents can use to engage students in a multi-sensory learning experience. Discover how to introduce high-frequency words using specially designed cards that incorporate visual images, auditory cues, and kinesthetic actions. By creating a contextual picture for each word, students can make meaningful connections and develop a deeper understanding of the written language.

In addition to these instructional strategies, Jennifer emphasizes the significance of play-based activities in consolidating learning. Discover a range of creative and fun games that support attention, motivation, and self-regulation. From writing words in sensory materials like sand or salt to building words with Play-Doh, these activities engage students in a multisensory approach that enhances their reading skills.

Don't miss this episode filled with practical tips and resources to empower educators and parents in their journey to build confident readers. Tune in and discover how multi-sensory instruction can transform the reading experience and create a solid foundation for literacy success.

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

Utilize visual multi-sensory cards and resources to  introduce high-frequency words


Tip 2:
Help students understand the sounds within words by mapping them out phonetically


Tip 3:
Create a variety of play-based games and activities that support attention, motivation, and self-regulation

This Episode Features...

Jennifer Orr

Jennifer Orr is a educator from Ontario Canada and has been enriching the learning of children for over 25 years. She has worked with children and educators from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Her vast experience includes classroom teaching k-6, system curriculum and special education leadership roles. She values the importance of building capacity among educators through professional development.

Jennifer is also a published researcher and the founder of Eyewords Inc., a company that develops evidence-based literacy materials.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Terryfic Learning Company, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.  

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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