‘Yo-Yo’ Your Child to Reading Success?
Successful reading skills rely upon many brain development skills such as movement and exercise.
Q: When should you start exercising for reading success?
A: At birth
All reading begins with visual input. The brain then processes this input for a variety of academic abilities.
The following listing includes some of the many brain processes that relate to reading success and YES, YOU GUESSED IT…Why a Yo-Yo?
- Enhance the relationship between vision and movement/ Eye-Hand or Visual-Tactual Coordination: This aids in reading with the need for the eye to chase or track words across the page.
- Gross motor/muscle movement development/hand, arm, eye coordination
- Laterality: As your child does simple up-down “elevator” movement with their yo-yo, have them recite their ABC’s or spell words…now have them walk while yo-yoing and reciting ABC’s…
- Enhances visually guided movement
- Develops concentration
There are many different tricks to do with a Yo-Yo which makes it a fun activity to be enjoyed outdoors or indoors. CAUTION: Parents, monitor your child with this activity as Yo-Yo’s can cause injury and property damage! For very young children, just let them hold and feel a Yo-Yo. If developmentally appropriate, they can trace the circle shape onto paper or in sand. Let them unravel the string and try to wind it up again. Tricks will be down the road for younger children!
Is Anybody Hungry?
Create your own Yo-Yo cookie treat or sandwich for lunch! Just take two round cookies like vanilla wafers, or ones of your choice, or waffles cut into rounds, and put a layer of prepared icing from the store in between the cookies or ice cream between the waffle rounds!
Use a round cookie cutter and cut two round bread shapes. Fill in between with your favorite luncheon meats, cheese, or PBJ! What fun. Be creative. Can you come up with your own food ideas shaped like a Yo-Yo? YUMMY!
Buckaroo Buckeye encourages your child to build their skills for reading success by Yo-Yo! Be careful and have fun.
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Kristin Anderson Cetone, Reading Specialist & Author