5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Follow Directions

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Does your child have difficulty following directions? Now, I don't mean the strong-willed child who understands what you said, but wants to exert his or her own independence. But, the child who is fairly compliant, but just seems to not understand what you say or starts to follow a direction and then gets lost in … Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Follow Directions

A Brain Game to Improve Your Child’s Working Memory, Attention and Visual Processing Skills

Check out this game for developing working memory, sustained attention, and visual memory skills, plus more!

I was on Amazon recently looking at games to help my sons with their visual processing skills and ended up down a rabbit trail as I often do.  And I stumbled upon a 'brain game', developed by a developmental optometrist, that said it would help improve visual processing, sequential processing, pattern recognition, working memory, and … Continue reading A Brain Game to Improve Your Child’s Working Memory, Attention and Visual Processing Skills

12 Gift Ideas for Children to Build Language and Listening Skills

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Does your child or a child you love struggle with language or auditory processing skills? Our language skills are important to express what we feel, what we would like to happen, and to describe situations.  They involve understanding the meaning of words, how they are associated with each other and how to put them together … Continue reading 12 Gift Ideas for Children to Build Language and Listening Skills

14 Gift Ideas for Children with Visual Processing Difficulties

Visual processing games Qwirkle, Set, Blink, Spot It

Does your child or a child you love struggle with visual processing skills?  These are skills that our brain uses to make sense of what we see around us.  They are critical to learning in all areas of life, but are particularly important to learning math, reading, and writing.  There are some fun ways to … Continue reading 14 Gift Ideas for Children with Visual Processing Difficulties

Mystery Words: A Simple, But Powerful Following Direction Exercise

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Do you have children (or work with children) who need to work on following directions?  This is a critical skill to functioning in a classroom and in every day life, yet, it can be challenging for many children. Some children just need to work on focusing on what is being said and processing longer directions. … Continue reading Mystery Words: A Simple, But Powerful Following Direction Exercise

Animal Matching Cards for Teaching Gender, Young and Group Names-FREEBIE

Download these cards for you children to learn and sort animals by gender, young, and group names.

I created these cards to go along with our Charlotte's Web unit that Little Fish, grade 2, and I are enjoying.  He sometimes has trouble linking information together appropriately when learning, which results in some strange associations when he goes to retrieve the information.  For example, when I updated his language testing this year and … Continue reading Animal Matching Cards for Teaching Gender, Young and Group Names-FREEBIE

Getting Your Children’s Brains Ready to Learn

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Children (and adults!) need to have good attention, memory, processing, and comprehension skills to fully learn information.  Unfortunately, many children have weaknesses in these areas or come to a learning situation not quite ready to use these skills.  Does that describe your child?  It describes mine!  There are a variety of activities we can do … Continue reading Getting Your Children’s Brains Ready to Learn