Literacy PK-3

Systems Change


Adding motions to complement learning activates more cognitive processes for recall and understanding. Supplementing verbal information with actions reinforces concepts and engages student Attention. When students use gestures such as pointing with a pencil or air drawing and teachers provide gestural feedback, Foundational Writing Skills are strengthened.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this pre-K teacher uses hand gestures to emphasize important concepts during her lesson. By using two modalities to highlight key information, students use both their Visual and Auditory Processing skills and also have a better understanding of where to focus their Attention.

  • Both teachers and students can use hand signals to communicate or support their learning. Visual gestures that complement spoken language allow for the processing of information in multiple ways, supporting greater retention of information in Working and Short-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Providing a visualization or animation in addition to audio or text activates visual Working Memory and supports deeper comprehension. Developers can also use these visualizations or enactments to capture and maintain Attention on key content.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy