Visual Sequential Memory Activities for Kids

In The Importance of Visual Sequential Memory you imagined that you were a child struggling with visual sequential memory skills. Placing letters in the proper sequence to form words was problematic for you. Thus, the simple basics of reading required a Herculean effort on your part.

 

Clearly, that’s not what we want for any child.

 

Now let’s imagine that you are a parent or teacher of students who show no signs of visual sequential memory difficulties in reading or writing.  Are you in the clear?

 

Visual Sequential Memory Activities for KidsMaybe.

 

Keep in mind, though, that letters eventually become words. Words become sentences. Sentences become paragraphs to comprehend and poems to memorize. Numbers must be in their proper sequence if math is going to make any sense.

 

You can see that having a strong foundation of visual sequential memory skills can give students the support they need in many areas of learning.

 

You might also see that some struggles with spelling, reading, comprehension and math may actually stem from weaknesses in this critical learning skill.

 

If you wish to take proactive steps to support your child’s learning, creating a stronger foundation from which to build upon, check out the visual sequential memory activities below.

 

Tip: You can easily use these cards to build auditory sequential memory skills as well.

 

Shape Recall – Practice 3, 4, and 5 shape visual recall.

This is a good place to start for children in grades K-2 or as extra practice for older students. Don’t worry if your 5 year old doesn’t remember 5 shapes well. Your 8 year old, on the other hand, should sail through these. Shape Recall includes one set of student shape cards, multiple teacher decks and instructions.

 

Number Recall – Practice 3, 4, and 5 digit visual recall.

This is a good next step after mastery of Shape Recall cards. Number Recall includes one set of student number cards, multiple teacher decks and instructions.

 

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The Importance of Visual Sequential Memory

As we boost children’s visual memory skills with games and activities, we must also pay close attention to visual sequential memory skills.

 

What is the difference between visual memory and visual sequential memory? Such a good question you ask! An important one, too.

 

The Importance of Visual Sequential MemoryImagine that you are a first grade student. Your teacher asks you to copy spelling words from the board. Easy enough, right? Short term visual memory enables you to write the words on your paper.

bat

ant

cat

 

Great, except that you write the letters of each word out of sequence. Your actual spelling words?

tab

tan

act

 

Uh oh. Looks like you could use a little visual sequential memory practice.

 

Or, perhaps you write each of the words correctly, but you copy only one letter at a time before looking up to see which letter comes next. Look. Copy. Look. Copy. Look. Copy. Phew! That’s exhausting.

 

Either way, your visual sequential memory skills are not as strong as they could be. Translation: You are working so much harder than you need to.

 

How can proactive parents, teachers, and educational therapists help learning become easier for you? Stay tuned for Visual Sequential Memory Activities for Kids.

 

In the mean time, read A Twist on Visual Memory Matching Games for Kids and give the “alternative to the alternative” a try.

 

Left Out Lucie Empowers K-3 Kids

Left Out LucieMarybeth Harrison not only wrote Left Out Lucie, a Mom’s Choice Silver Award winning children’s book, she designed an entire K-3 program around it. I found so many things to love about Left Out Lucie, but first…

 

The Story

Lucie the llama has an experience all too familiar to so many kids. She is always chosen last for the kickball team. Ouch! She doesn’t even like kickball. The moment Lucie discovers what she is good at, she feels transformed. No need to feel left out anymore.

 

What I Love About This Children’s Book

The rhyming text is simple enough for early readers. For those who aren’t reading yet, or who benefit from practicing their listening skills, an audio book download is included with every book.

 

Of course I always love an inspiring message. What I love even more is that the author takes Lucie’s message on the road.  With a fun mix of singing, rhyming and learning, students in her local New Jersey schools learn that everyone is good at something. Through Harrison’s character education program children discuss rules, respect, problem- solving and perseverance, all topics found within the pages of Left Out Lucie.

 

Want to know the author’s favorite part of delivering Lucie’s message to students?  Here’s what she shared with me:

 

I would say that my favorite part of Lucie’s message is that she practiced everyday and found something that she liked to do. When I present to the kids I always give them an opportunity to share what they like to do (soccer, gymnastics, reading, etc…) and we discuss how important it is to practice. I also tell them that everyone is good at SOMETHING!

 

I love the rhyming aspect of my book and I also enjoy the fact that the characters are animals. I think the story is relatable for anyone as we all can remember a time when we may have been “left out” at one time or another. Lucie solves her problem and is able to share her talent with kids on the playground. Hopefully, Lucie shares a positive message to anyone who hears her story.

 

Please check out all of the great stuff happening over at www.marybethwritesbooks.com, where Left Out Lucie is more than a book. It’s a movement!

 

Paper Mosaic Puzzle Craft for Kids: Hot Air Balloon

Puzzles are always a great way to strengthen visual skills. This variation of a paper mosaic is just as much puzzle as it is art project.

 

Paper Mosaic Hot Air Balloon

 

Instead of merely filling a shape with random bits of paper, children boost a few extra learning skills with this fun printable paper mosaic.

 

  They tap into their creativity from the very first step, coloring the hot air balloon and background. I’ve included a blank template for kids who wish to draw their own picture.

 

  They practice scissor skills when carefully cutting out each square piece of the puzzle, 72 pieces in all. Of course if your child is not ready for this step, please offer assistance.

 

  They strengthen visual discrimination, spatial awareness, and logic and reasoning skills when reassembling the image.

 

  And, they exercise their fine motor skills (and attention, and patience) when gluing each piece of their paper mosaic in place.

 

Will they actually feel their learning skills stretching and growing? Probably not. Let’s keep that our little secret.

 

You are welcome to enjoy this free printable with your children at home or with your students in the classroom.

 

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #4

Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids - Teacher Tip #4

Introducing Ginger…

 

a homeschooling,

Spanish teaching,

Montessori mom extraordinaire.

 

She offers tip #4 in this teacher tip series, answering the question:

 

What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?

 

 

Maria Montessori firmly believed that cognitive skills must be purposefully developed before attempting to apply them to academic work.  She developed an entire system of education with unique materials to accomplish this.

 

One such material is the metal insets.   This is a set of ten blue shapes with a knob inside a pink frame, used for design work.  Children use colored pencils to trace selected insets and frames onto their paper.  They then learn to color in the design with diagonal strokes, within the lines.

 

Not oMontessori metal insetsnly is this art, it is direct preparation for writing.  Pencil control is improved with the tracing, and the filling in of the design is equivalent to the pages of stroke practice in handwriting books.  It also develops spatial awareness as the child chooses which insets or frames to use, and reinforces geometry concepts that are initially taught with the geometry cabinet.

 

The insets can be purchased, pulled from the geometry cabinet if you have it, or even made from mat board or cardboard.  This very engaging work begins in Primary, around age 4, and continues through the elementary years.

 

Ginger is a public-school educator turned homeschooler with a passion for enabling parents to educate their children in both Spanish and English.  You can learn about Montessori theory and materials, get book recommendations, see her homeschool in action, and download free resources via her blog, School en casa.

 

How to Help Children Strengthen Visual Tracking Skills, and Why

Over the years I have offered a number of free visual tracking activities for kids.  For a review of why visual tracking is so important, and how technology today may actually interfere with children’s development of this necessary learning skill, take a peek back at this printable freebie,

Track the Smiley Faces.

 

Visual Tracking Skill Builders for KidsSure, offering one free exercise here and there is nice, buuuuut…

 

…offering children a variety of fun ways to strengthen their tracking abilities AND giving teachers and parents easy skill-building tools for the classroom, home, or even the family road trip, well, that’s even better.

 

So that’s what I did.  I went back to my design workshop and created Building Visual Tracking Skills – The Book.

 

This printable resource, delivered in pdf format, includes five categories of visual tracking activities for kids.  Each category includes 10 targeted activities, instructions, answer keys, and skill-building fun that extends beyond visual tracking.

 

•    Mazes

•    Line Tracking

•    Grid Mazes

•    Image Tracking

•    Letter Tracking

 

Building Visual Tracking Skills – The Book is a good fit for students in grades 1 and 2.  It’s also a great tool for Educational Specialists, Special Education Teachers and Occupational Therapists helping older students build a multitude of visual skills.  I designed the images specifically to appeal to all ages.

 

Want to learn more, including how much you’ll save with the complete book?  View this item in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  And yes, non-teachers are welcome, too!

 

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