Figuring out what motivates your child is a common problem that every parent faces at one time or another. I know for me, I often felt my kids should just be self-motivated to do their best on their homework. But, then I remember, they were kids. And then I remembered how it was when I was growing up. I often rushed through my homework to just get it done. I’m betting you are a lot like me and didn’t always do your best either.
We read from top to bottom and left to right. We form letters in specific directions. Even writing your letters correctly involves directionality. Starting letters at the top and moving down is easier and faster and coincides with how we read. Yet, kids left to there own often start writing letters from the bottom up. These are often the kids that haven’t learned the top down orientation of reading, starting at the top of the page and reading from left to right.
New Year celebration activities can be perfect for taking a little bit of time to reflect on the previous year and talk about wishes for the New Year. What do you want to do more of? What do you want to avoid? This day has always been a day to gather with those who are included in your family. Here are 5 new year celebration activities for your family and friends to celebrate with.
There are so many ways you can improve math skills while having fun on Halloween. Math concepts keep getting refined as you get older. However, these activities can be used at any age for fun learning and review. Remember, sorting and categorizing items is critical to learning math concepts. Classifying is the action of putting objects into sets based on common traits. You can even chart your results.
Most teachers assign spelling words homework at some point. The assignment may be to use their spelling words in sentences or to write a story using their spelling words. Both of these assignments can be daunting for a lot of kids. Read to find out what you can do to make these assignments easier.
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President’s Day Activities Improve Learning Skills – February is the month with two President’s birthdays. First, Lincoln’s Birthday was February 12th and then Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd. We celebrate both birthdays on President’s Day, February 20th. George Washington is the first US President. He became president after the Revolutionary War. This is the perfect time to do a few craft activities in commemoration of these two US Presidents.
Try a few educational Valentine’s Day Activities for kids to improve auditory processing skills and overall learning skills.
10 fun family activities to do over the holidays. These activities not only bring fun to the family but they also improve learning skills too. Activities vary from game night (with suggested games), to movie night, to special decorating activities.
3 things parents should be looking for when they are picking out educational fun games for their kids to keep them engaged?
Think about which skills you would like to enhance…reading? language? vocabulary? math? spelling?
Can you play the game over a number of years…will this be a game your kids will enjoy over the long term?
When I first heard of Bonnie Terry’s 5 Minutes to Better Reading Skills program, I assumed it was only for beginning readers. Not so! It’s for everyone! My kids from 3rd to 6th grade are already benefiting from it and we’ve only been using it for a week. Their reading speed, confidence, and comprehension are going up by leaps and bounds!
Auditory processing is critical to learning whether it is learning to speak, read, write, follow directions,and math. We know that kids with reading problems usually have weak auditory processing skills. If a child has problems with auditory processing, it is often because of a weakness in phonemic awareness.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to spend time with your family. I’ll be with my kids, grandkids, and husband. This year we’ll be celebrating at our house. My children and 3 new grandchildren will be here. I’m so excited! We are getting ready with some simple Thanksgiving activities that will get both the kids and adults engaged in a great time. That makes for a happy mom and grandmom!
Reading fluency is the speed and accuracy of reading without conscious attention to the mechanics of reading. In other words, a fluent reader has the ability to retrieve and read words automatically. Efficient readers are fluent readers. Multiple studies show that slow single word reading leads to both poor comprehension and frustration.
Auditory processing skills are foundational skills for both reading and spelling. Phonemic awareness and phonics are the first steps in learning to read as well as spell. Both phonemic awareness and phonics depend on the auditory system. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds – phonemes – in spoken words. Phonics is the ability to accurately relate an auditory sound with a visual symbol. This is exactly what we do when we spell.
Children that struggle with rapid naming, dyslexia, or learning disabilities typically perform more slowly on tasks that deal with the speed of processing. So, when helping a child with dyslexia or learning disabilities, we also need to help them improve their processing speed.
Phonics is different that phonemic awareness. We often think of phonics skills and how we may need to improve them without actually understanding what phonics skills are and how they differ from phonemic awareness.
Number Sense is your sense of what numbers mean. What value does a number represent? Which number is bigger or smaller? Making comparisons is also part of number sense. Learn what number sense is and activities you can do to improve this sense.
Three brain-based auditory processing disorder activities for kids of all ages. These activities improve learning skills while you have fun. Auditory processing is one of the three avenues we learn academic skills from. Remember, we learn by hearing (auditory processing), seeing (visual processing), and doing (tactile/kinesthetic processing). That being said, APD – an auditory processing disorder was found to be present in 43.3% of those that struggle with learning (2009 The National Center for Biotechnology Information). Read on to learn the behaviors that indicate your child may have difficulties with auditory processing.
Whether you have inattentive type ADHD, hyperactive type ADHD, or the combination type ADHD, sleep problems often impact you. In fact, studies show that 50% of those with ADHD have signs of sleep deprivation at least a few nights a week.
Spelling Practice Is Impacted by Visual Processing Areas. Many students have difficulty with weekly spelling practice because they don’t remember well. The visual memory associated with visual processing impacts your ability to spell. Kids that have poor visual memory may have difficulty with the ability to store and retrieve information that has been given with a visual stimulus.
The school year is well established, in fact, it is half over. How can parents make the most of the rest of the school year and give their child the homework help they need? Let’s re-evaluate how things are going in school. For example, is it a good year or a frustrating year? Are your children spending time every night on homework? Is it taking up the whole night?
Reading activities and games are a great way to help your kids improve both their reading skills and their love of reading. When learning becomes fun, in a relaxed atmosphere kids do better and their skills improve. Learning is a lot more fun when you are playing a game.
Setting goals and priorities are the first steps to accomplishing what you want to do. When you set goals, it increases your motivation to take the steps to actualize them. The best way to do this is to write your goals down and then to identify and write the steps you need to take to make them a reality.
Quality family time can be the backbone for the learning experiences your children will build from. Make sure to take this opportunity over the holiday break to bring the family together for positive learning experiences.