5 Ways to Implement a Sensory Diet

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Like a hunter in the wild, you can sense this coming.  Your momtuition (yes, I made that word up just for this occasion) is on full alert.  You see the change in stance, you see the mood shift, or the eyes change ever so slightly and you brace yourself.  Your child is going into a homeschool meltdown! Things are about to go awry if you don’t act fast! So, you quickly grab a sensory event to stem the tide and turn things around so the day can go on to a successful ending!  What are these sensory things you can grab in the moment? Let’s investigate!

  1. Spelling obstacle courses are amazing!  

    Spelling always raised the roof on our sensory events, so I worked hard to get creative on this subject.  I would have everyone stand somewhere random, and if they spelled their word correctly, I would have an activity for them to do like spin for ten seconds, do five jumping jacks, stand on your head, do a forward roll, etc.  This should be customized to your child so that they are stimulated in a way that relaxes their senses.

  2. Bouncing is a fantastic and easy activity to incorporate into your day.  

    We find a yoga ball, or playground ball to bounce on while reading, or doing math. The motion seems to work to keep things moving with less prompting from myself (which I love)!

  3. Weigh them down!  

    If your child is on the ceiling, weigh them down with a weighted lap pad, or blanket.  You can also have them carry a stack of books, or a bag of flour from one place to the next.  Sometimes, I send someone to the pantry with an empty backpack to count cans (up to a certain amount) into the backpack.  They bring that back to me (I have moved to as far away as possible at this time), and we count the out of the backpack and back into the backpack.  Then they go put everything away. These are some easy ways to incorporate a little counting fun into a sensory event.

  4. Go all fine motor on them!  Legos are amazing for the senses and mind!  These bricks work the fine motor skills while the bumps create a great sensory experience!  Legos lend themselves to model building for a historical battle or a scientific concept. They also create a great visual experience for math!  So, I say, get your build on!

  5. Texture Bins!

    Rice is for more than just eating!  

    We have rice bins for each person. You can color the rice if you want, but we just chose different colored bins.  The bin size is up to you, but you really do not need much for this event to be successful. Sifting rice is relaxing.  If you have a raised-edge cookie sheet, you can practice letter or number formation (draw/use rice to create a letter/number that matches the one on a flash card), build a model (2D style), and write spelling words in the rice.  These activities get the work done while satisfying the sensory needs, and creating a relaxing environment.

    Orbeez are so not over rated!  

    Orbeez are the new rice, except they incorporate a wet experience!  That means twice the sensory satisfaction! You can mix a bunch of different colored orbeez into a bin, and have your student sort into bowls by color.  You can have them line them up to represent a math problem they are working on (instead of linking cubes, use orbeez), they can use these to “draw” letters or spelling words too!  The possibilities are colorfully, squishily endless!

    Shaving cream boards!  

    This is an oldie, but a goodie!  You can have your student do almost any type of work on a cookie sheet with shaving cream.  They fill the sheet so it is like a blank, white paper, and begin to write. To erase, they just smooth everything out so it looks like a blank, white paper again.

Launch a Successful School Year!

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Hey there! It’s Onalee again at Yellow Wood! I hope you’ve had a fantastic start to your school year.

You’ve spent hours pouring over curriculum, and made the purchase for the year of a lifetime!  You have worked hard to dust, sweep and disinfect that school room/area. You have trudged through stores with children in tow pouring over and grabbing just the right tools for this year.  Now, you are ready for the best homeschooling year ever! Or are you? (Cue cheesy music here)

These steps are certainly a great place to start and a fabulous way to start moving everyone involved into the mood of getting started with school.  I would not skip any of them! I would add that intentional planning for the completion of curriculum along with a growth mindset are a critical steps that will help you get launched firmly into a track of success!  

I love the curriculum, and the purchase, but the planning, well, it is not as much fun.  I have found, though, if you begin to plan, even loosely, you are setting up a framework for success that cannot be beat!  I have also found that if I planned too closely, I would find my family in an endless string of doctor visits for various reasons.  This would put us so far off track, that I felt defeated and unable to “find my groove.” So, I started planning, but loosely. This helped me avoid feelings of failure, and we always had our “groove” on because we were hitting the goals more steadily.  Here are the steps I followed to plan without going crazy!

Daily Goals

I set daily things we needed to do, first.  Daily goals are important and give us direction and guidance for the smaller tasks that need to get done, well, daily.  I found using a planning system like Yellow Wood’s Assignment Planner worked really well for us. Next, I would set a weekly goal and a monthly goal, that consisted of a number of lessons we needed to complete/subject each week, and each month.  Hitting any of the goals was fine, hitting all was a cause for a celebration day (think visit to the park/museum and movie/game night complete with ice cream)!

When I did this, I had our days planned, but if we didn’t make it to the end of that list, we shifted incomplete assignments over to the next day and tried to hit the weekly goal (a number of lessons we needed to finish for the week).  Sometimes the week would go wild! So, again, we shifted incomplete assignments so the next week was realistic, but held the original and now incomplete assignments in it. Remember that I had a number of lessons we needed to hit for the month?  At this point, that became our new goal!

What if I miss a goal?

In the moments of a goal not hit, I taught my children the mantras “I think I can,” “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” and “we do because we can, we can because we do!”  This shifted the importance from missing that goal, to a regrouping towards hitting the next goal. In allowing for more than one goal to be hit, I left room for success and a growth mindset that led to a “can do” learning moment for everyone!

Celebrate your small wins!

One last thing, make sure you are ready to celebrate the little successes.  This does not necessarily mean you need a prize for every sentence written, or word read.  A shower of bubbles never hurt, though. Also, the Yellow Wood Assignment planner does leave room for you to circle an honest evaluation that celebrates all levels of student work.  In order to add to that, and help to create the growth mindset even more fully, I would review the work completed at lunch (sometimes these smaller checkpoints allow us to see how we are doing and adjust to finish strong), and celebrate with a high five, and an “I am proud” statement.  If things are not rocking, after I celebrate the wins, I would ask how we could plan to be even more successful after lunch. Having your child engage in this kind of thinking allows them to see that they did do some good things, and they can do more - they just need a plan to do so. In this mindset, they can grow in their achievements.  

The Super Planner

The Planner for your Unorganized Learner!

Looking for the perfect student planner for your unorganized learner? We’ve got just the thing for you! If you’ve followed us for a while, you probably know that we have a cottage school at Yellow Wood in Lexington, KY. Over the years we’ve tried out quite a few different ways to assign homeschool work for our students. Many of our students struggle with organization, task initiation, time management… sound like executive functioning weakness? So, we have found that just writing down home assignments, or expecting students to write them down and remember all the pieces, is a bit unrealistic. We strive for our students to feel confident and successful in their home assignments, while being challenged in their work. This can be difficult to accomplish if a student feels overwhelmed or confused before they’ve even started the assignment!

This year we may have landed on our best planner yet! And you know what’s even better? We are selling this assignment planner it in our PRE-SALE at an amazing price. Head over to the store by clicking below to get this amazing tool at the special price!

You can use it to help your school student organize their homework, or for your homeschooled student to organize the day’s plan. It is versatile and breaks down the information into bite sized chunks so the burn out over reading homework won’t take over!

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Here are some important aspects of the planner that make it so functional and approachable:

1. Set goals like a pro!

One aspect we didn’t want to miss on our planner is the idea of goal planning. As an adult I’ve learned a lot in the past couple years about the importance of setting goals, whether you reach all of them or not. Many times setting goals is very overwhelming for a student, especially if they struggle with executive functioning. We break it down and ask students to set and monitor goals throughout the week. They don’t have to be big goals. Small goals for the day, like “I’ll work for an hour before taking a break”, “I’ll try out the pomodoro method”, “I’ll do math first to get it over with”, or even “I’ll practice riding my scooter for 15 minutes as a break” - They don’t have to lofty. In fact, we remind students that these goals should be S.M.A.R.T! Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Keeping these things in mind will help students find a bite sized goal to start with, and then begin to dream big and meet those goals! Goal planning is an extremely important skill for adulthood, college planning, and career goals. Knowing what you want to accomplish and how to get there will fuel your students to reach the goals they make.

2. Where did that book go?

Another aspect that may overwhelm students when looking at homework is trying to figure out what they need to complete the assignment. “Where did I put that?”, “What worksheet??”, “oh, I need glue and scissors… where did I put those?”... the list goes on. By listing out next to the assignment exactly what is needed to complete the assignment, students can grab what they need an get to the real work!

3. This is taking FOREVER!

We also have a slot for noting how long an assignment took. Students who do not have a good sense of time will feel like they’ve worked on something FOREVER when in fact it was maybe 10 minutes. Or, they are anxious to make it just right, so they’ll focus all their time on one task and get behind in others. By tracking their time, students, parents, and teachers can all stay on the same page with how long something took so that they can make adjustments and help the student spend an appropriate amount of time on each task. It’ll also help students begin to take ownership of their time and build up an internal sense of time.

4. Mooooom! I Need Help!

Another important feature of our planner is the section for “parent help”. Here, students can mark of they needed help, so that rather than getting stuck and waiting on mom or dad to be free to help, they can move onto the next task. When mom or dad become free, than can quickly glance and see what needs to be worked on together. See how that can help?

5. Mark that homework complete!

It is incredibly satisfying to mark something completed. Students or parents can use this section, depending on the maturity of the student. We often ask our parents to check over homework and mark it completed themselves.

Tips for Homework SUCCESS

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Whenever I look to a new school year, I think about curriculum, and I think about mapping the year out, starting dates, holidays, and oh yes, homework.  It is the dreaded “H” word! No matter how or where you are schooling your dear ones, they will, inevitably, have homework. You may feel some or loads of push back on getting that done too!  In order to help our children best succeed in this area of schooling, you may need a little creativity, a TON of consistency sprinkled with patience and grace everywhere!

Please know that intrinsic motivation is a very difficult skill to teach, but it is absolutely essential to the success of getting homework done without constant nagging, pushing and bribing by yourself!  Intrinsic motivation is that ability to get things done because the person wants the internal reward of satisfaction of a job well done, or a sense of accomplishment. With any skill, this can come naturally to some, while it may never be fully developed in others.  Remember, that is okay, and taking your student from where they are to any new height in this skill is a win for everyone (look for a blog post on the how to help build this skill soon)! One way to get started is to look at the why with your student - why would they benefit from this?  What can they get from doing this homework? If they can answer those questions, and stay focused on them, it can help move that homework along.

Another key aspect to getting homework done is the amount of positive energy, words, thoughts, you name it, that surrounds the task!  Homework can feel like the equivalent of cleaning a public toilet for your student. It is dirty, and yucky, and not at all appealing.  The brighter, and more positive spin you can put on this, the more likely you are to get it done and before you know it, that public toilet cleaning mindset has become a quick and painless counter wiping type of mindset!  So first, change the name. This is no longer homework. Here are a few other things you could call it:

  • Evening learning

  • Bonus skills

  • Practice Papers

No matter what you call it, make sure it is fun for your child, and brings a little smile or laugh from them.  Next, be a cheerleader when you can, and a firm standing wall when they are pushing on you to get out of this job.  Cheer them on to get them started. If they begin to refuse, have in mind two options for them so they can make a choice, and then stick to the options.  Saying things like “I love that you want to go to your friend’s house to play, but you have Bonus Skills to complete. You may complete the skills and go play, or you may choose to not complete them and sit here with me,” lets children know that they have a choice in the matter, and gives them the power to decide what they really want.  Knowing those are the only two choices is also motivating to many.

In the moment, try to remember the power of yet and the noticing!  When we use the word yet, we leave the door open for something else to happen.  When your student hears that word, they can feel empowered to change the course of the task/action/behavior.  Sprinkling this word in, can also bring an announcement to your child and yourself. I use this when I feel frustration or anger coming on.  I announce that I am not angry or frustrated yet, but I am getting to that place. Then I notice what I can do first, and what they could do to help change emotional environment.  This warning is usually enough to help my children take on a new behavior/action plan and it helps me remember that it may be time for me to move towards a de-escalation behavior so I don’t get into the anger or frustration zone too far.

Sometimes, homework can become overwhelming, and motivation is not the problem.  Some children need to have a very clear, tangible, simple goal plan. This is a great time to begin to show your student the power of a planner (look for Yellow Wood’s planner to be released soon!), or a “to-do” list!  At Yellow Wood, we have found that many students need more than what a traditional “to-do” list has to offer. They need a detailed list they can cross things off of that includes a space where they have help seeing what materials they need, if they were struggling with the assignment and need help to complete it, and maybe some notes on how to help themselves get this done.  We have included a free printable for you to use or modify for use in your schooling.  However it looks, a list of things to do has been proven time and time again to organize the brain, and improve completion rates in people of all ages.  It may take a few trials, and re-visits to get comfortable with this list, but remember, change is sometimes just what we need to keep things interesting enough to get it done!  Also, remember that people love stickers, markers, and other tools for recognizing completion at all ages!

One other thing to remember with homework, if you are assigning it.  Make sure it is purposeful. Giving 20 practice problems is counter-productive to most learners.  If you chose 5-10 really good, really purpose-filled practice problems, you would be more likely to get them completed (because who doesn’t like looking at those lower numbers?), and the learning would be stronger because the practice was more pointed at the skills that needed help.  If you are not the person assigning the homework, this is not something you can change, and that is okay.

One more thing that can help homework move towards completion is to think of this as a bonding time with your student.  Here you sit, one on one with them, either arguing about doing the task, or you can talk with them about favorite numbers, nouns, verbs, names for purple elephants, whatever the homework relates to - maybe you set up forts and hold a nerf war because it is about a famous battle, and then write answers to the questions, but talk with them and creatively make time for bonding and fun.  This time can be beautiful, if you can find a way to bond with your student.

Homework is an essential component of learning and must get done.  Try to remember these key points while you are working through it:

  • Remain positive about the task

  • Make a list that allows for the recognition of completion

  • Remember the power of the word yet and a good noticing

  • Get the tools ready to cross off the to-do list that will best motivate your student

  • Keep it purpose-filled as possible

  • Remember this can be beautiful bonding time - not every time, but sometimes

Make it a personal goal to really enjoy your school year: curriculum, curriculum map, students, homework and all this year!

The ULTIMATE Resource for Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

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At Yellow Wood, we are PASSIONATE about helping families find success in their homeschool. Educating your own children can be challenging enough without adding learning difficulties and special needs into the mix! That’s why our mission is to provide the support you need to homeschool and feel confident in doing so!

Over the month of June, we’ll be announcing some pretty stinkin’ exciting new resources for our homeschool families! We’re compiling the very best resources for struggling learners so that you’ll know exactly what curricula and options are best for you! You can rest assured that the resources we share are truly awesome for struggling learners, because many of them are what we use in our cottage school in Lexington, KY! This month you’ll get an insider’s look at how we do what we do. Here’s the plan:

First we’ll go through our favorite curriculum for each subject! You can see a few posts below, and we’ll be adding to them throughout the month!

Then, We’ll talk about how to integrate social skills, life skills, and executive functioning into your homeschool day. These skills are VITAL to success and often parents feel overwhelmed on how to make them a priority! We’ve got you covered.

Another important piece of the puzzle is cognitive skills! Since this is our wheelhouse, we’ll share how we can support you in building up brain skills. We’ll also show you some awesome techniques to try for strengthening math and reading while also strengthening the brain! Here are a few suggestions for math to get you started! 

Possibly the most exciting part, we are going to help you put all the pieces together! Our goal is to provide you a roadmap for creating a homeschool experience that supports your struggling learner!

Can’t wait? A great starting place with us is our Jump start and Trail Guide programs! We do all the above, plus provide a super individualized experience. We walk with you through choosing curriculum, deciding on the best techniques for teaching your child, and what cognitive exercises to focus on each month so that you can ensure SUCCESS for your child!

Jump start gives you a “snapshot” of your child’s skills and some basic suggestions on curriculum. Trail Guide goes a step further by offering detailed plans and suggestions on a monthly basis, with monthly support meetings to keep you on track and moving forward!

I’m SO excited to walk through all our curriculum and resources at Yellow Wood with you! Don’t miss a thing by signing up for our email list!

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Jump Start is a great starting point for all new Yellow Wood families! We begin with an in-depth evaluation of cognitive skills, academic skills, primitive reflexes, social/behavioral needs, and executive functioning. This evaluation is completed through parent questionnaires, placement tests, and an evaluation with the student (either in person or online) in which we play games, do some exercises and movement to gauge the skills listed above.

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The “DIY” version of our Schoolhouse program

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This option includes everything listed in our Jump Start program, PLUS...

Parents have coaching sessions with a Yellow Wood tutor every 4 weeks. During these sessions, you’ll discuss goals, troubleshoot challenges you’re facing in your homeschool, discuss progress and next steps. We then create a 4-week “goal plan” that includes lessons for Success Training and a general outline of work to be completed in your classes too. These lessons are NOT scripted lesson plans, but instead are daily, weekly, or monthly goals to complete for each subject.

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Dyslexia: What You Need to Know!

 
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I’m so excited to be chatting with you today about Dyslexia, because this learning disability is what began my journey toward creating Yellow Wood. It was my first experience with a learning disability that directly affected me. I have 3 younger siblings who are a good bit younger than me. When I was in college, my two youngest sibs were in elementary school and were diagnosed with Dyslexia. Since I had been homeschooled through high school and had my heart set on being a teacher, I was so excited and determined to help my mom navigate the waters of teaching kids with Dyslexia. It soon became my passion, though at the time I really was just stabbing in the dark trying now things that may help. Through this process eventually I found cognitive therapy and received training.

The first summer after my training, I worked with my sister, who was 12 years old at the time, intensively. When she was younger, she struggled to learn the alphabet, did not read fluently, and had a very strong tendency to switch letters when writing and reading. When we began working on cognitive skills at age 12, her working memory was extremely weak. She had low confidence in her ability to read and was struggling to keep up with her school work despite a desire to do well and learn! She hated to read. It stressed her out, and rightfully so! When cognitive skills are weak, tasks like reading and math are extra daunting because the brain has to work 5x as hard!

The first thing we noticed was she stopped switching her letters as much. Her confidence grew and her retention of reading skills skyrocketed. Fast forward a few years and she is an avid reader who LOVES reading for fun. She is much more confident in her academic skills and works hard to be a great student. The difference is phenomenal.

So, if you’re reading this and have a struggling learner at home, you may be wondering, “How do I help my OWN child overcoming challenges like Dyslexia?” I’ll tell you! First, you’ve GOT to find the underlying causes! Every child is different. There are a variety of factors that affect the ability to learn to read. Some include working memory, visual processing and tracking, visualization, and developmental aspects like crossing the midline and primitive reflex integration. Today we’ll walk through what Dyslexia is, and then talk about a few of these factors and how they can cause symptoms of Dyslexia!

What is Dyslexia?

First, I think it’s important to mention that Dyslexia is an umbrella term that simply means the student struggles with reading. There are many symptoms and reasons for this learning disability, and no two students are alike. Some symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with phonemic awareness. Decoding words, or matching the sounds with written letter combinations can be extremely difficult.

  • Struggles with sight words.

  • Trouble sequencing or memorizing the alphabet

  • Difficulty learning to read or put sounds together to make words

  • Tendency to switch letters like b and d, n and u, while reading and/or writing

  • Difficulty with left and right

Ok, so now let’s chat about the underlying issues for the symptoms listed above. Like I said, it can be a variety of things that cause the difficulty. But, we’ll mention a few main weaknesses!

Working Memory

Working Memory is the post is for your brain. In order to learn new sounds, new sight words, and hold onto the story line in your head, you HAVE to have a good working memory. Kids at kindergarten age should be able to hold onto 2-3 items in their working memory. As they age, this number should increase to 7 or so by age 18! So, if working memory is weak, students will struggle with learning more complex words, sequencing words or decoding words, all because they cannot hold onto all the steps and pieces in their working memory! You can learn more about working memory and grab a free activity at the button below!

Visualization

Visualization is the ability to see images and symbols in your mind. It is crucial to learning the alphabet and also for spelling skills!!

Primitive Reflexes

There is a specific primitive reflex, the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, that is connected with Dyslexia. Symptoms of this retained reflex include switching letters, trouble copying from the board, difficulty with visual tracking, and more! You can learn more at this blog post all about it!

The best news about all this is that the skills listed above can be STRENGTHENED! At Yellow Wood we are passionate about helping kids OVERCOME learning challenges. Reach out to us. We'd love to help!

 

Want to learn more about how to OVERCOME Dyslexia? Catch the re-play of our chat about Dyslexia in the "Inspiring Struggling Learners" facebook group! 

Help! My Child Can't Remember Anything!

 
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4 Reasons why your child

may be struggling with

long term memory!

As a mom guiding your child’s education, whether at home or in school, helping them memorize for projects, presentations, and tests can be quite a feat. Teaching young children to read and understand math facts can also be a daunting task. When you run into roadblocks as your child struggles to memorize and use information, it’s easy to become frustrated or overwhelmed!

 Sometimes the struggle is remembering things from one day to the next. Other times students will study and study, just to draw a blank when they get to the test! Aside from just not being able to remember things, there are several potential causes for memory difficulties and memorizing for tests. If your student is driving you nuts with their inability to recall spelling, sight words, memory work, or concepts, here are a few potential things that may be stirring up trouble behind the scenes:

  1. Anxiety

  2. Visualization

  3. Working Memory

  4. Long term memory recall

1. Anxiety

Have you ever gotten super nervous and totally blanked? When I was a child, this was a serious issue for me. I would forget lines in a play, lines of a solo, terms for a test… etc. It led me to be extremely nervous about situations that required me to have something memorized or where I was under the spotlight.

Fast forward to adulthood, I’ve come along way with this type of anxiety. I believe the main reason why is that my Moro reflex was not integrated, which causes, anxiety and other “fight or flight” symptoms in response to stress! When I began Yellow Wood, I received training in primitive reflex integration and it literally changed my life. I went from being a nervous person in almost every aspect to being able to speak in public confidently. Isn’t that awesome?

Curious what these primitive reflexes are? This is a topic I’m super passionate about and you’ll find more info at these blog posts:

So, memory recall when under pressure can be majorly affected by anxiety! If this sound like your child, I encourage you to look into primitive reflex integration or another anxiety reducing techniques like yoga!

2. Visualization

Visualization is the ability to see images and stories in your mind. Many times when a child struggles with memorization, it could because they are not able to see a picture of what they are trying to remember! ABCs are MUCH easier to memorize if your child can picture each letter in their order rather than relying solely on auditory (singing the song!). When visualization is weak, kids may also struggle with memorizing and utilizing sight words, or memorizing math facts. Visualization is also a key component to reading comprehension - the ability to make movies in your mind of what is being read. When trying to memorize something and put it in your long term memory, it will be much easier to do so if you have a picture or image associated with it.

3. Working memory

Yet another key component to great memorization skills. This is actually a different type of memory that can cause difficulties that “look” like long term memory issues. I have seen many students who struggle with learning to read, keeping up in class, and other difficulties due to working memory deficiencies. You can check out this blog post all about working memory to learn more!

4. Memory Recall

The last potential cause for poor long term memory I’d like to discuss is poor memory recall. This happens when you have something filed in your long term memory, but you aren’t able to access it quickly or efficiently. For example, you know that your child probably knows quite a few animal names. But, when asked to list as many as they can in a minute, what happens? Many students who struggle with recall will have great difficulty with this activity. You ought be be able to list 30 or more animals in a minute with ease if your memory recall is working the way it should be!

Ready to build up your student’s Long Term Memory? First, choose which area listed above sounds most like your student:

Is it anxiety, working memory, or visualization that is causing the memory hangups for your child? We've got an amazing workshop series just for YOU! Learn more about this unique parent workshop program to give you the TOOLS to guide your student towards success.

Or, do you think memory recall is the culprit? I’ve got a free activity for you so you can start on your journey to SUCCESS today! Just fill out the form below and you'll receive the activity in your inbox!

30 Day Challenge - Preschool Success Training

 
 

As you may know, I am a mother of three amazing kids, ages 4 and under. My oldest has some special needs, so my weeks are typically sprinkled with therapy appointments, specialist appointments, etc… not to mention my other two kids and running a business! You might think that since I run a business and write a blog about strengthening brain skills, that my son has the most amazing mom and I do all sorts of brain training with him each day. Ha! Let me tell ya, I am down in the trenches right alongside the moms I work with. It is not easy to stay on top of life AND Success Training.

So, as a way to motivate myself and my fellow moms, I have created a 4 week preschool Success Training challenge. I’m excited to try this out with my 2 and 4 year olds, and I’m SO thrilled to have you join me on the ride. If you have a child from ages 2-6, this challenge is for you!

During this challenge, we’ll tackle some key skills for school readiness with a movement and game based approach! You won’t find worksheets in this challenge! Instead you’ll find instructions for movement, games, and activities to encourage brain development and skills like:

  • Midline, primitive reflex, and vestibular integration
  • Sensory integration
  • Core strength
  • Handwriting skills
  • Attention skills
  • Working memory and long term memory
  • Visual and auditory processing
  • Letter and number visualization
  • Sequencing
  • And more!!

This is NOT an academic skills challenge. It’s a way to introduce play based learning and brain development into your day in a unique way! The skills taught in this course are meant to help build academic skills by strengthening the underlying skills needed in order to be successful in school.

How do the skills listed above help with academic success? In SO many ways! Here are a few examples:

Beginning readers need to be able to…

  • sound out words (phonemic awareness and auditory processing)
  • read the words correctly (visual processing and tracking)
  • hold the sounds together to make a word (sequencing and working memory)
  • remember the word when they come across it again later on the page (working memory)
  • stay focused through the page (attention skills)
  • remember what they read so they can put the story together (working memory and comprehension)
  • create a movie in their mind of what they are reading (visualization)

Wow, that’s a LOT of brain skills for beginning readers! Can you see it’s so important to make sure your child has a strong foundation in these skills?

So, if you have a child just getting started with academics, or if your child is struggling in math or reading, don’t delay!