Do you have a student who struggles to remember basic concepts? Maybe your child suffers from a learning disability like dyslexia, dyscalculia, or ASD? Learning disability or not, we all sometimes have a child that can hit a skill that JUST WON’T SINK IN. I personally can’t remember 9×7 to save my life! We hate to stop progress all together because just one thing won’t seem to take root in their mind long-term… so what’s the solution?
For my dyslexic student, many basic elementary skills are too abstract to “stick” long-term right away. She can sometimes need to review concepts for years before they really sink all the way in. Because I desire for her to have a full and broad feast of education set before her, I can’t just put a halt to progress until she gets everything 100%. Sometimes our students need a helper (as do we!).
We have found great success with utilizing basic cheat sheets or a “Helpful Resource Sheet.” With an often overwhelmed working memory, recalling multiplication products, differentiating between a verb and noun, or remembering exactly what “standard form” is can be frustrating for your student. We’ve found that the use of cheat sheets allow my daughter to move toward growing in independence in her school work which boosts her confidence and helps us both avoid frustration. A GREAT benefit is that she tends to RETAIN the information from the cheat sheet once she’s looks at it a number of times to find the answers to whatever has her stumped. This was a fabulous, unintended benefit that I will totally take.
I created this cheat sheet for her when she was in the first grade. We slowly moved away from needing it, but I ran across it and cleaned it up to share with you! I was certain others could benefit as well. I might also be sticking it in her work station this year… just in case. Here’s what’s included in this FREE, 3-page PDF download:
- Lists of Months, Days, and Years
- Definitions of basic grammar terms like noun, subject, verb, etc
- Print and Cursive alphabet, upper and lowercase
- Example of date format
- Writing Checklist (with examples) for proofreading work
- Place Value Chart
- Examples of Standard, Expanded, Word Forms, and Tally Marks
- Math symbols, their meaning, and key words to identify function
- Multiplication Chart
If you’d like to grab it, head over to Life, Abundantly today to get it for free!
Erin is a joy-chasing homeschool mama to 4 babies, ages 13 down to 1. She married her grade-school sweetheart 15 years ago, and lives to love him well. Her abiding love for Jesus Christ, and her heart to encourage other women toward him dictates her days. Her tag line is: Jesus in. Joy out. Erin writes about homeschooling, taking hard moments captive for Christ, and loving her family well at Life, Abundantly.
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