Visual Tracking Activity for Kids: Track and Color the Popsicles

Okay, so maybe the popsicles in this visual tracking activity look more like ice cream bars than popsicles at first but hey, I’m sticking with popsicles.  Once kids color all the popsicles in this summer themed grid maze the fruity flavors of lime green, blueberry blue, lemon yellow and raspberry red, all will be well. …

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The Big List of Games for Helping Young Brains – By Cognitive Skill

Games are one of the best ways to help kids improve cognitive skills.  When struggling learners decide that learning isn’t fun (not one little bit), games are a great way to sneak in some extra learning time.  You don’t even have to mention that you’re developing underlying learning skills while you play!   Have you …

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The Science of Reading – Trendy Trap or Trusted Term

As far as trendy educational terms go, the “science of reading” sounds hopeful, promising, optimistic.  It suggests a pendulum shift in classroom reading instruction, one that returns the focus toward data-driven, science-backed strategies that help children become strong readers.     As we know, change is hard.  Complete paradigm shifts, even harder.  No surprise, then, …

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The Comeback Kid of Effective Reading Instruction

Reading instruction doesn’t often grab headlines in mainstream media.  More and more news outlets across the country, though, report on a growing shift in reading instruction in early education.  That’s good news.  Even better is the welcome return of phonemic awareness and phonics, key building blocks of good, effective reading instruction.  Good for students AND …

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Help Struggling Learners Improve Visual Memory – Free Video Training

By the time children learn the alphabet, most can remember what letters look like (visual memory).  They also remember what letters sound like (auditory memory).  For some kids, letter recognition doesn’t come so easily.  As proactive parents and educators, we may need to help struggling learners improve visual memory, as well as auditory memory, deliberately …

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Help Struggling Learners Improve Auditory Memory – Free Video Training

Why should parents and educators help struggling learners improve auditory memory? This free auditory memory video training answers that question, and more.     For instance… What role does auditory memory play in a child’s ability to read and learn? Why is auditory memory development so important? How do we know if underdeveloped auditory memory …

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Kindness Grid Maze for Kids

Many printable activities for kids, and for kids at heart, live here at Inner Pieces Gallery.  Among them are grid mazes.  Among those, you’ll find a few different types of grid mazes.  For the grid mazes that only include images rather than letters, please start here.  The inspiration behind today’s kindness grid maze, however, came …

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