Last year I shared a lot about the importance of Preschool Development and helping young kids develop their own internal order. One of the ways we help our children and grandchildren accomplish this is through visual cues that help them move along independently. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from you, our parents and readers, that the Bedtime Chart is quite a hit, and a demand for the Morning Chart has arisen!
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This morning I woke up to my usual stream of new ideas and a long “to do’ list, excited to start my day. But as I moved through my morning routine I realized the residue of yesterday’s creative activity was driving me crazy. I paused, looked around and saw that there were literally piles of chaos all over the house. Some of it mine, some my husband and adult kids, some from an energetic grandchild. Now there are days when the momentum of creativity and busyness sweep us along and the piles don’t matter – but there are also days when we all need to stop and tidy up. This is especially important for visual tactile people, who tend to leave signs of their creative thought process all around them, much like Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the stores we shopped at for holiday gifts have replaced the stocking and wrapping paper with rows and rows of plastic containers. This seems to imply we have so much stuff – we need to buy more stuff – to put our stuff in. The good news is, with all this plastic for sale, its a great time to organize our kids ‘stuff’. When our kids were young, we spent some time before the holidays cleaning out the old to make room for the new. Together we decided what was old, broken and ready for the trash. We reorganized and tidied up the keepers and donated some old toys as seed for the new to come.
Not Really. I’m not even sure what a gamer is. But I do know he found a few games on his IPad this holiday season that have captured his attention and and sparked some interesting conversations.
First let me say, Bill and I own plenty of technology and don’t really understand or know how to use most of it. We have smart phones, IPads, IPods, laptops, and fancy things on our television but barely tap into the depth of their capability. I’m sure the computer in my car could get us to the moon – and back – but I’m still surprised when my car channels the voice of the person on the other end of my phone call. And just who is Siri?
We have a kindergarten boy in the family and he loves building things and making things. His Christmas gifts included a lot of hands on activities and plenty of Lego’s. Brayden loves to build, take apart and rebuild the Lego sets he already has, but the addition of several new pieces have already brought hours and hours of time spent in detailed assembly work. As much as it seems we’re living in Legoland, we’re excited by his passion and interest, knowing it’s reflective of his strong spatial skills. Building these colorful three- dimensional puzzles is also a powerful way to focus his boundless creative energy.
Sometimes you just have to draw it out!
It had been a very busy day at our house, with a big dinner and lots of activity. Four year old Brayden was full of energy and in need of something constructive to channel that energy into. I suggested he get his markers and paper and do some drawing. He considered it and quickly appeared with markers and paper in hand, asking “what should I draw?”. We talked over just enough ideas to spark his imagination and as you can see, it was a very fruitful evening.
This is Herman. He’s a very bright, sweet little nine year-old boy. At home he’s curious, creative, helpful, insightful and an excellent big brother. He’s in second grade and does well in school, but his work doesn’t quite reflect who he is or what he’s really capable of. And yet it’s been hard to say why not.
I have been driven for many years, in all I do, to find ways to help children be more confident and successful. Writing Being Visual was a long, labor-intensive process, especially for me as a visual learner, but I truly believe that when we understand the way our visual kids think, can help them be more successful. When I hear from parents that have read and applied visual learning techniques, I am enormously grateful to be a part of this important conversation.
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