Category: Roundups

Phonological Fun for Kids

What the heck is phonological awareness, anyway?  And why should I care?   If you’ve never heard the term phonological awareness, or if you’re confused about how it differs from the similar term phonemic awareness, don’t worry.  As a former reading instructor even I still get the two terms mixed up sometimes.  They are often …

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Fine Motor Activity Fun Roundup

Developing strong fine motor skills allows children to write, draw, cut, sculpt, tie their shoes, zip, snap or button their coats, and control their fork, knife, spoon, or chopsticks (preferably without decorating the walls with spaghetti).     Coordinating the small muscles in their hands and fingers lets kids communicate through sign language, dance the …

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Auditory Memory Activities for Kids

Auditory memory – it’s what allows us to remember what we hear.  Sounds of letters.  A person’s name.  A phone number.  What would happen if we couldn’t remember these things (besides sheepishly avoiding the person whose name we just forgot)?   In my experience, many students who struggle to read also have difficulty with any …

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Visual Memory Game Roundup for Kids

One way to help children become successful learners is to nurture their development of strong visual memory skills.  We need visual memory skills for basic tasks such as recognizing letters (differences between b, p, and d, for instance), reading, spelling, math and the list goes on.   Visual memory skills also set the foundation for …

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Helping Children and Parents Heal – A Roundup of Resources

Ordinarily this would be the time I roundup and share a number of educational resources with you.  In the wake of events in Connecticut, however, I’ve come across a number of helpful resources for parents that seem much more important at the moment.   Consider it a roundup of roundups that offer support, guidance, and …

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Sensory Play Roundup

When I was a child, play dough was by far my favorite sensory play activity.  Why?  Okay, true confession time:  I didn’t like to get my hands dirty.  I wasn’t one of those kids who loved rolling or digging around in the dirt.   Sure, finger painting was fun, as long as the paint stayed …

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Educational Toy Roundup

Today’s educational toy roundup brings you 10 online places to discover learning enrichment tools and toys for kids.  This list, in no particular order, is by no means all inclusive.  I am also not affiliated with any of the links below. If you’re looking for your child’s next birthday gift, preparing ahead of time for …

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