Have you ever heard of synesthesia? I never had until Mom recently sent me some information on it. Synesthesia is a condition in which a person's senses blend together. When one sense is stimulated, a different one responds. For instance, you may hear a color, or see a color when you hear a particular sound. Or you might smell a number or taste your food in colors. Do cucumbers taste pink to you? People with synesthesia usually think other people experience colors or sounds (or numbers/letters) the same way they do, and may be unaware that their gift is unusual. At least three of my girls assign particular colors to letters, numbers, and words, and Alie "sees" colors when she hears certain musical notes, especially chords. "Wednesday" might be yellow. The number 5 is always blue. "Emily" is green. This is very interesting to me, because this sure doesn't come from my side of the family! I'm not sure whether this is a synesthesia thing, but Alison also pictures the numbers 1 through ?? in a particular shape, along with the alphabet, the months of the year, etc.
See these kids' sites for more info (I do the easy kind of research):
I am wondering how this knowledge might help my kids learn. ?? You know, there are auditory learners, visual learners, kinesthetic learners, and maybe even synesthetic learners. I'm sure there is not enough research on this topic yet.
Do you experience this phenomenon?? Try this.