Graph Art for Auditory Memory, An Art-for-Brains Activity for Kids

Don’t you love when art activities actually help kids build learning abilities?  That’s why I designed   Graph Art for Auditory Memory, An Art-for-Brains Activity.

 

Do you ever give your children instructions that seem to go in one ear and out the other? True, that may be a simple case of selective hearing. Then again, maybe your kids are giving you a clue that it’s time to help strengthen their auditory memory abilities.

 

You can learn more about auditory memory skills here. You can even grab a few suggestions for auditory memory skills training here and here.

 

What I Think You’ll Love About Graph Art for Auditory Memory

 

This Art-for-Brains Activity helps kids build auditory memory, listening skills and more.  Great tool for teachers, parents, and learning specialists.

1) Anticipating which secret graph art animal will appear feels more like fun than cognitive skills training.

2) This strength training tool builds more than just listening skills and auditory memory. It also boosts:

  • Working Memory
  • Auditory Discrimination
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Fine Motor
  • Attention

3) Besides all of that, it’s versatile!

 

Whether you work one on one or in small groups, teach in a therapeutic learning environment or homeschool, or are a teacher, learning specialist or substitute in a large classroom, Graph Art for Auditory Memory is an easy, sneaky way to help students boost brain power!

 

When used to strengthen auditory memory, I recommend it for grades 2 and above. That doesn’t mean your first grader can’t get in on the fun. Make this a simple graphing skills activity with one of the included alternatives.

 

That also doesn’t mean that your ninth grader will think this activity is just kids’ play. If he struggles to remember a 7-digit phone number spoken to him, Graph Art for Auditory Memory may be just the tool he needs.

 

To learn more, and to find out which 10 animal themed graph art designs are included in this printable pdf, view the listing in my TPT store here.

 

Care for a test drive first?  Visit Graph Art for Auditory Memory – Free Sample.

 

 

Halloween Printables Roundup

I’ve been designing printable fun pages for kids for quite some time now and thought you might like to find the Halloween pages all in one place.  Check out this roundup of Halloween themed printable fun!

 

A roundup of Halloween themed learning powered printable fun for kids from Inner Pieces Gallery.

 

The first part of this list includes printable freebies.  Okay, almost free.  They’ll cost you an email address.  (See the sign up box to the right.)

 

If you don’t mind paying a few dollars for some sneaky yet powerful brain boosters, check out the printable activity packs at the end.

 

Free With Sign Up

 

Printable Paper Scene: HalloweenPaper Scene: Halloween

Not so spooky Halloween creative play.

 

 

 

 

Spider Picture MazePrintable Halloween Treat: Spider Picture Maze

Halloween themed visual tracking activity.

 

 

 

 

Printable Halloween BookmarksPrintable Halloween Bookmarks

Sugar free cut & color fun.

 

 

 

 

Halloween Pencil ToppersHalloween Pencil Toppers

No blog post for this one, but still accessible from the same page as the subscriber freebies above.

 

 

 

 

Products

 

Finish the Monster Drawing – An Art-for-Brains ActivityKids finish the drawing of a friendly printable monster, add their own creative twist, and build visual processing skills while enjoying this fun art activity.

This fun visual closure activity pack includes a link to a free sample.

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Months of Visual Memory Matching Games for KidsHalloween Visual Memory Matching Game for Kids - Printable

Cut and play visual memory games for every month of the year. October, of course, is Halloween themed. You’ll also find a link to the smaller version, Visual Memory Matching Games, THE HOLIDAYS, which includes memory matching games for Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

Profile of a Unique Learner: The Storyteller

Mary’s deep passion for books began at a very young age. Read a story to her once and she was fully engaged. Give her the same picture book a second time and she could repeat the story nearly word for word.

 

How then, her parents wondered, could this highly intelligent child with such a rich vocabulary and unmistakable gift for storytelling make it all the way through second grade still unable to read?

 

The Challenge

Mary is a visual thinker. She has no real internal dialogue, which means that she doesn’t hear her own voice inside her head as she reads or thinks. Instead, she sees pictures. Dimensional, interesting, glorious pictures.

 

With no internal dialogue, you can understand why phonics rules make no sense to Mary. She has trouble associating sounds with symbols. Tell her 100 times that this flat, 2 dimensional letter b says the sound “b” and you’ll be wasting your breath, not to mention increasing Mary’s feelings of inadequacy. Her brain does not register the association.

 

The same cognitive strengths that give this learner the gift of storytelling also makes reading a struggle.  Find out why, and how to help.

 

Perplexed, her parents want to know how Mary can read ten dollar words like hippopotamus without a second thought, yet simple words like cat stop her every time.

 

The reason? Mary uses her strong visual skills to memorize the unique visual patterns of larger words. She then matches the pattern with her mental image of, say, a hippopotamus and instantly recognizes the word.

 

Since cat looks very similar in shape to bat, or sat, or mat, memorizing its shape does nothing to help her. Remember, short words like cat are only “simple” if you have the ability to sound them out. Mary does not.

 

The Good News About The Storyteller

Mary has always been inquisitive, creative, and curious. As a visual thinker she tends to think and process information much faster than her verbal thinking peers.

 

Because she relies heavily on auditory input for information, most of Mary’s teachers are delighted by her active engagement during class discussions.

 

Her love of books and stories all began when her parents read stories to her out loud. This allowed her to strengthen her natural mental movie-making skills that, in turn, continue to feed her imagination. Tea parties were extravaganzas. Family and friends now become characters in her dramatic stories.

 

Is she the next Steven (or Stephanie) Spielberg in the making? Or the top saleswoman in her industry? Perhaps, but she’s also a gifted artist. With a keen understanding of perspective, her drawings are vibrant and full of depth. She has multiple talents and high-value skills that many of her reading peers simply don’t have.

 

Reading Help for The Storyteller

Clearly not all gifted storytellers struggle with reading. However, non-readers who resemble Mary’s storyteller profile become strong readers with a number of educational therapy techniques. I’ll list just a few of them here.

 

Auditory Discrimination

While we do want Mary to maintain her incredible visual talents, we also want to train her brain to develop an internal dialogue. Rhyming games are just one way to do this. You can check out my Auditory Learning Pinterest board here for a few ideas.

Clay Work

Creating letters and words out of clay transforms them into 3D objects. This perfectly taps into the way The Storyteller sees and learns. For more information about clay work I highly recommend Ron Davis’ book The Gift of Dyslexia. Clay work is especially helpful for troublesome sight words that have no clear visual representation. Can you visualize the definition of the word “the?” Neither can the visual thinker. Clay work helps create that visual connection.

Visual Tracking

Some struggling readers like The Storyteller find themselves reading random words from different lines on the page. Suddenly they read a word from 2 lines above or 3 lines below the line they are reading. Building Visual Tracking Skills THE BOOK targets this issue plus helps students build visual discrimination skills at the same time. Find this printable activity book in my TPT store here.

 

I’ll have more unique learner profiles for you in the months to come. In the meantime, you might like the first in the series, The On Again Off Again Student.

 

 

Quick Quote: Jack Canfield on Comfort Zones

Quick Quote: Jack Canfield on Comfort Zones

 

Graph Art for Auditory Memory – Free Sample

Are you looking for a fun way to help students strengthen auditory memory and listening skills? You can take Graph Art for Auditory Memory for a test drive with this free sample page. (Stay tuned. The complete 10-pack is still in the works.)

 

Graph Art for Auditory Memory.  Kids will love this free  printable activity to strengthen auditory memory, listening skills and even more cognitive abilities. Plus they get to color this friendly giraffe when they're finished.

Important tip: Students should already have a basic understanding of rows, columns, and graph coordinates. The included Instructor Script does provide a quick refresher. However, to really focus on building auditory memory and listening skills, let’s not make this your student’s first exposure to graph concepts.

 

This 4-page pdf includes:

  • Instructor Script
  • Blank 20 x 20 Grid
  • Coordinates for Graph Art Activity 1

You read the coordinates out loud. Students create our friendly little giraffe here. Plus they get to color their graph art when finished.

  • Answer Key

 

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Profile of a Unique Learner: The On Again Off Again Student

An Example of The On Again Off Again Student

Ed came to work with me to strengthen his reading and learning skills. As with many students I worked with over the years, Ed was too bright to qualify for special education services but continued to fall further and further behind in class.

 

One benefit to working one on one with students is witnessing the steady progression of skills week over week. That didn’t happen with Ed.

 

What happens when your child or student excels in class one day and struggles the next? Learn how this on again off again student turned the switch on for good.

Ed’s progress was inconsistent at best. One week his reading sounded fluent and strong. The next week his words were slow, choppy and oddly muffled.

 

Some days he actively engaged in our cognitive based training exercises. Other days his eyes drifted away aimlessly. Every once in a while his words even drifted off mid-sentence.

 

Based on a hunch (and my experience with other On Again Off Again Students) I started asking Ed what he ate for lunch just before our sessions. Patterns started to emerge, especially on those days he behaved as if he were mildly sedated.

 

Chocolate milk. Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Green grapes. Doritos.

 

While that may not seem terribly unhealthy as far as kids’ lunches go, I made a suggestion. Food allergy testing might uncover potential blocks in Ed’s learning. Ed’s mom was more than willing to follow through. What she discovered from the allergist blew her mind.

 

“He’s allergic to the most obscure foods! I never knew that a person could be allergic to garlic, or black pepper, or tomatoes of all things. Paprika? C’mon!”

 

These ordinary, everyday foods seemed healthy enough, yet they were silently wreaking havoc on Ed’s ability to think clearly.

 

The Good News About the On Again Off Again Student

Once Ed’s mom dedicated herself to removing the innocuous items from his diet, we quickly started seeing steady progress in our weekly sessions. Not only did Ed’s reading skills soar up to and beyond his grade level, his academic success grew so much that he no longer needed my services.

 

Without the attacks on his brain chemistry holding him back, Ed was free to be the bright, confident learner he always was.

 

At first mom was baffled, then amazed, then incredibly grateful.

 

“He’s a completely different kid!”

 

Does your child resemble the On Again Off Again Student? Even if she doesn’t experience learning challenges, please consider becoming a proactive food detective, not just for her but for the entire family.

 

You may have heard that some of the most common allergens/sensitivities are sugar and dairy.

 

Yes, parents, it is HARD to eliminate sugar and dairy from the family diet. It is even harder to grow up feeling inadequate because your very capable brain is bogged down by invisible chemical chaos.

 

I’m not a doctor or nutritionist so I leave you to explore the food angle on your own. Through my work helping students overcome learning challenges I’ve seen firsthand what dedicated families can do. When they change their mindset, then change their pantries, they can completely change the trajectory of their children’s educational experience. If you can do the same for your own child, do you believe the effort is worth it?

 

The Profile of a Unique Learner series continues, so stay tuned. In the meantime you can continue engaging your own brain with this short series of Cognitive Quick Tips.

 

Finish the Monster Drawing – An Art-for-Brains Activity

You may have seen art based fun pages like this before in one of your child’s many activity books. You’ll find finish the drawing or complete the picture activities intermingled with other skill-building pages. Have you ever wondered what skills they actually strengthen?

 

I designed Finish the Monster Drawing specifically to target the skill of visual closure.

 

Finish the Monster Drawing, An Art-for-Brains Activity.  Not just friendly, these printable monster drawings help students build visual closure skills and much more. A great art lesson for Halloween and all year round.What is visual closure and why is it important?

 

While I’ve mentioned visual closure skills before, let’s take a closer look.

 

Visual closure allows us to visualize a complete object or word when parts of that object or word are missing.

 

Take the word “and” for instance. “And” is a sight word. We see it everywhere. If every time we come across that word we must first decode the letter “a,” then the “n,” then the “d,” then assemble it into a recognizable word, our reading speed and fluency will suffer.

 

“And” is just one of many sight words. Can you imagine how much effort our students with poor visual closure skills are putting into reading? No wonder they become so frustrated.

 

If you notice a child struggling to learn sight words, or mixing up words that have similar beginnings or endings, your observation may be a clue to that child’s underdeveloped visual closure skills.

 

Disguised as a fun art activity for kids, Finish the Monster Drawing is well suited for students in first grade and above. The age range for fun is, of course, unlimited here.

 

Additional Skills Strengthened

 

Anyone who wants to improve their drawing skills, or learn how to draw monsters (the friendly kind, that is) will enjoy this 10-pack of monster themed drawings. 10 pages for right handers. 10 bonus pages for lefties.

 

Call it a happy side effect of having fun, students also reinforce important foundation skills such as:

 

  • spatial awareness
  • visual discrimination
  • visualization
  • fine motor

 

Note: In order to make this a true visual closure activity, students must visualize their finished monster before even picking up a pencil. Please refer to the included instructions.

 

Care for a test drive? Visit Finish the Monster Drawing Free Sample.

 

Ready for the full $4 worth of fun? Find Finish the Monster Drawing, An Art-for-Brains Activity in my TPT store today.