Parents as Partners
How to Use the Neurological Impress Method to Accelerate Reading Fluency with “Books That Sing and Rhyme”
Providing repeated reading experiences using the Neurological Impress Method (N.I.M.) is a simple, yet powerful, strategy for developing fluent readers. It was originally devised and researched by R.G. Heckelman, PhD in the 1960’s and since has been proven successful for thousands of young readers. This approach of oral read-along practice provides one-on-one language modeling using a fluent reader in a relaxed, non-threatening environment. It is ideal for our “parents as partners” nightly reading at home—especially with the predictable literature of songs, poems, and rhythmic rhyming language.
Your child will already have experienced several shared reading experiences with these books, or with the songs and rhymes in their “I Can Read” notebook. We have used this language to develop oral language fluency, reinforce phonics skills, and teach high-frequency words. Your child may have dramatized the language, danced to the rhythm, or sang and signed the lyrics. You will probably find that your child already has a memorable sense of at least part of the print.
Now you can help train your child’s eyes to sweep across the page, as his finger movements and voice are all synchronized to the words. Your child will greatly benefit from repeated readings of the familiar language along with your voice as a model. Soon he will be able to independently perform the reading with fluency, expression, confidence, and delight.
How to do it:
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