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Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 06/17/2024

In our latest blog post, Sliding Into Summer, we talk about some ways to combat the summer slide and have your kiddos learning all year long. While they won't be getting the constant instruction and reminders from teachers, there are ways you, as a parent, can be consistent and constructive at home.

First is to keep a regular schedule as much as possible. The routine might look different than the school year but setting expectations and structure to their day is key to keeping them on track.

Second, try to offer a variety of learning options. Whether you're shelling out the big bucks for camps and classes or getting resourceful at the library, it's important to keep their young minds engaged. Maybe not all the time though as boredom is productive too.

Third, encourage their creativity. As much as it pains me for my kids to destroy the basement making a pillow fort castle, I have to just let it happen. (I do draw the line at glitter slime, though.) Crafts, cooking and cardboard cities are perfect ways to keep their imaginations at work.

Lastly, if there was significant progress during the school year or your children require remediation in any subject, it would be wise to consider private tutoring or resources through your school. To learn more, read our latest blog at www.koolminds.com/blog/summer-slide


Let's talk about the 'Summer Slide,' which is simply a playful way of referring to learning loss over the Summer months. To learn more about this silly side effect of Summer, check out our latest blog post, "Sliding Into Summer." Check the link in our bio or click here https://www.koolminds.com/blog/summer-slide


While Summer is fun for most, it can be a slippery slope when it comes to education. Learn more about the summer slide and how to combat it this year!


Remember the Abacus. Our oldest form of manipulative is a block of wood with some beads on it and it has been effective in teaching math methods for hundreds of years!
Now most of us don't have an abacus lying around but we can make a number line. A quick trip to the junk drawer will probably find you some coins and a ruler. The clock, which ultimately runs our lives, is most likely hanging on your wall. Manipulatives are all over the place and they are the easiest way for Dyscalculics to "work the problem." Physically moving the pieces and explaining what they're doing not only helps you or their teacher see how they're thinking but it's literally building neural pathways in their brain. Now do you see why you should remember the abacus?


Subitizing might not be a familiar term to many of us but when it comes to recognizing Dyscalculia, it's an important one. Subitizing is the ability to instantly recognize an amount with actually counting the items. This is a skill that most dyscalculics struggle with and why you'll often see them counting on their fingers. To learn more about Dyscalculia, click the link in our bio to read this month's blog! https://www.koolminds.com/blog/remember-the-abacus

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 05/15/2024

Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability which affects a person's ability to understand number based information. Number based information is pretty much how the world goes 'round... time, distance, speed, money, quantity. It's in every aspect of our lives!

To learn more about Dyscalculia and why it's important to spot it early, read our latest blog post.


X Marks the Spot is an exercise we use in our Cognitive Skills program to help build Visual Spatial Awareness. Once the student has memorized the picture chart from previous lessons we'll move on to a blank chart where the parent or instructor points to a spot and the student will recall the picture from that spot. Another variation is the instructor or parent naming the picture, then having the student mark the spot it should be with a dry-erase marker.

Check out Jackie and JJ working the program at home! She's a proud mama 😊


Here are some fun and easy ways to work on improving visual spatial awareness skills with your child at home:

- Building an obstacle course in the backyard with household items is a fun way to challenge their bodies and minds to navigate their environment.

- Creating and building together with guided instructions helps children develop spatial talk (over, under, on top, beside, etc)

- Simply using descriptive language when you're out and about is a very simple way to build this skill. Instead of saying 'They're over there, " try specific or directional language like "Your shoes are to the right of the front door."

To learn more about how you can practice at home, read our latest blog by clicking the link in our bio, or click here https://www.koolminds.com/blog/visual-spatial-awareness


Visual Spatial Awareness is a crucial skill to be able to understand space and relationships and accomplish everyday tasks at school and home. It determines how we recognize size, volume and the positions and shapes of objects in any given space. It could be as simple as knowing how much space is left in the glass, how soft to pet the puppy, or where to start writing on the page.

Those are simple problems, but ignoring signs of low positioning in youth could lead to bigger problems as your child develops. Situational awareness, public safety, driving and work performance could all be affected. Just think of trying to walk across a busy street and how many factors are at play... how far away is the car that's coming toward me? How fast do I need to walk to get across safely? Then think about how that changes when you're driving and it gets a little more complicated. You know that phrase, "Shoot the gap!" in which you're driving across several lanes of traffic and trying to find the perfect moment to get across? Well your Visual Spatial Awareness is at play there factoring in speed, distance, volume and timing all at once just to be able to cross the road. Calculate wrong and it could be an issue, to say the least.

For more information about Visual Spatial Awareness, check out our latest blog through the link in our bio or visit https://www.koolminds.com/blog/visual-spatial-awareness


For Visual Spatial Awareness issues, here are some common signs and symptoms you might notice. To read more about this cognitive skill, visit the link in our bio to read this month's blog post, or click here https://www.koolminds.com/blog/visual-spatial-awareness


Here are some cool tools to help with tracking troubles!

Guided Reading Strips - They look like a bookmark with a colored transparent strip and function like a highlighter, helping readers stay on track and focused.

Slide Readers - These are unique reading guides that feature a hide 'n slide window that lets you see one word at a time! This smart reading tool can be very helpful for individuals who have difficulties attending, focusing, or with visual overstimulation, and/or visual perceptual challenges.

Read-n-See/Trakkers - This innovative reading guide helps readers focus on a single question, specific paragraph, or portion of a page. The cut-out portion of this reading window helps readers focus and keep their place by showing just one line at a time.

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 03/12/2024

Sensing there may be a tracking issue with your child? Or maybe you just want to work on developing this specific skill. Here are 4 fun ways to work on Visual Tracking at home. Be sure to check out this month's blog for more on tracking and how it can affect the learning experience. Click here to view... https://www.koolminds.com/blog/tracking

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 03/07/2024

An estimated 25% of students have an undetected vision problem affecting their academic performance. Common signs include poor reading comprehension, complaints of words floating or moving on the page, and losing their place while reading, writing or copying. To learn more how about visual tracking, check out our latest blog post https://www.koolminds.com/blog/tracking


Check out March's Blog topic... Visual Tracking! Learn what it is and how it can affect the learning process for so many students. Click the link in our bio to learn more or visit https://www.koolminds.com/blog/tracking


Amy Call of KoolMinds Idaho states in our latest blog post, "Some of my favorite changes that we see right off with students is their confidence. By completing difficult tasks, they see that they can do hard things, and quickly realize that they are smart and capable learners."

Don't forget to check out our February blog highlighting our Twin Falls and Boise locations. Interested in licensing our program in your community? There's info on that too! Click here or visit the link in our bio...


Experience the joy at KoolMinds Idaho! With two locations in Twin Falls and Boise, they are ready to help boost your child's confidence in ways that will serve them for years to come!


"At KoolMinds we don’t go over homework, or just teach a concept and then move on. We teach kids how to learn, and how to be effective learners for the rest of their lives. The exercises are fun and engaging, and I love that when the parents get involved it builds relationships as well."

Read more about Amy and Eric's experiences as KoolMinds licensees in our latest blog. Click here or view the link in our bio https://www.koolminds.com/blog/licensee-profile-idaho


Check it out! Starting in February, we will be offering Small Group Reading and Math Remediation programs at both Boise and Twin Falls locations. Click the link to learn more! https://www.koolminds.com/form/consult

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 12/22/2023

This month's blog talks about the differences between our Cognitive Skills program and Occupational Therapy. The biggest distinction is that our program focus on building skills for learning, while Occupational Therapy focuses on building skills for living. Click here to read the full blog https://www.koolminds.com/blog/cs-vs-ot


Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours!

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 11/14/2023

There are plenty of simple ways to practice Figure Ground perception! Here are just a few ideas to incorporate this crazy concept into your everyday life. For more information about figure ground, click https://www.koolminds.com/blog/figure-ground to read our latest blog post.

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 11/06/2023

Do you see the black vase? Do you see the white faces? Can you differentiate between the two? Welcome to the concept of Figure Ground. Our latest blog post addresses this as of the 10 key cognitive functions we focus on in our cognitive program. This concept was founded in Gestalt psychology in the early 1900s, but the way it applies in the modern ADHD world is much different. To learn more, visit https://www.koolminds.com/blog/figure-ground


Happy Halloween to our KoolMinds families! Stay safe, have fun and show us your costumes in the comments!

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 10/19/2023

Recognizing the emotional havoc dyslexia can inflict is a huge part of understanding it. Being able to tap into the emotions of your student or loved one and empathizing with them will not only bring you closer, but it will have a profound effect on how you move forward in treating dyslexia and in our ability to raise awareness for this SLD. The good news is that despite their struggles, dyslexic people are pretty amazing! As evidenced by the last slide, you'll see many famous people who have had learning challenges but as we all know, the stars are just like us. Start a conversation with your friends or family this week and open up! You might just find some unknown common ground and a resource for your family. For more on dyslexia awareness, be sure to read our latest blog post. https://www.koolminds.com/blog/dyslexia-awareness

Photos from KoolMinds West Idaho's post 10/09/2023

If you haven't heard,October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and we are all about spreading the word! Be sure to read this month's blog at https://www.koolminds.com/blog/dyslexia-awareness to learn more about this specific learning disability, how to spot it, and how you can help bring awareness.


Amidst the excitement of Dyslexia Awareness Month, we have today - Dysgraphia Awareness Day - which is perfect because those two learning difficulties can often go hand in hand.

Dysgraphia is a learning disability which is specific to writing. Common signs and symptoms are awkward pencil grips and body positions, inconsistent letter and word spacing, illegible handwriting and the avoidance of written tasks. You might also see poor spelling with missing letters or words, trouble copying from the board, and students generally struggling to get thoughts down on paper.

With remediation and accommodations there are plenty of options to help your student. For more information, visit www.koolminds.com and learn how we can help!

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