spellingSpelling Extension

Age range: 3rd to 5th grade or use with younger children if pictures for visualization do not seem to be working.

Purpose: Words are just a digit span of letters. Digits are the lowest association of memory to a dominant learner. Research tells us that by age nine years, our digit span is fully developed and the average person can remember 7 digits at one time. This is a phone number. However, we don’t usually remember these 7 digits in a string. We remember them in chunks. 123-4567. We also oftentimes use rhythm as we say them. So the same strategy needs to be implemented with spelling.

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mathSymbols: Math Strategy 1st – 5th Grade

PROBLEM: The child doesn’t differentiate between symbols or interpret them as having different functions. For example: He adds everything on the page, even though the page is made up of (+) and (-).

WHAT TO DO:

1. Using a crayon or marker, circle all the “-” on the page and all the “+”.

Visual learners do best with rhythm, movement and visualization. Color increases visualization and works a like picture.

Next, have the child perform the computation, saying each problem out loud. You can incorporate touch math if the child is familiar with the concept. www.touchmath.com

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math2Visual Challenges: Math Strategy 1st – 5th Grade

PROBLEM: A typical elementary math curriculum textbook will present as many as five concepts in one chapter.

On a single page, the presentation can be overwhelming from a visual tracking perspective: boxes, text, numbers, rules, etc. Many times the child’s processing rate and accuracy can be reduced just by changing the presentation of information.

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