This very simple exercise was critically important in readying the brain to learn. The images the children created originated in the right hemisphere of their brains, and they when they put words to what they had drawn, they were accessing their left-brain - the whole activity strengthened the links between the two.
Just like a tiny seed grows into a mature tree, one hardly noticeable trait, if encouraged, can flourish into a character quality that will ensure a child's success as an adult: imagination.
Whether you're a classroom teacher, a parent working with their child at home in the evenings, or a full-time homeschooling parent, this approach may be exactly what your student needs. Writing is a great and worthy vehicle for learning to read! I found great success with this method of teaching reading.
Our teachers are required to cover an increasing amount of content and to boost test scores on a rising number of standardized tests. But if we are teaching to the test, are kids missing out on things far more important than a test grade?