This is a game we play to strengthen auditory memory (processing, storing and recalling information presented orally), This is an important skill for our children to develop in order to become fluent readers.
In this game, the leader calls out a sequence of three shapes. After the shapes are called out a second time, the leader says “begin”. Each child has his own set of shapes from which he must choose the correct shapes and then put them in order.
Note: It is important that children BEGIN with ONE and END with THREE. (We read from left to right, and it would be a tragedy if our children have reading troubles later on because we are not “fussy” enough to make them do it the correct way.) This is a habit that these students have to form, and a simple reminder will suffice. “Remember, the first shape goes in the number one box!”
I have seen vast improvements in these students from earlier this year. In the beginning, many of them would only remember the first shape in the sequence, and a few would consistently order them from right to left. Now they are much more accurate (consistently), and they just LOVE to have their turn as the leader!
Wendy Joy Yohman
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