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Some people have good memories. Lucky them! I have an awful memory and I was always in trouble for forgetting to bring things to school. Here is a useful way of remembering all the things you have to take.

Go to a supermarket and ask them for 5 identical cardboard boxes. Wine boxes are about the right size. Now stack them up on top of each other, all facing the same way and stick them together. You should have something that looks like very tall, thin, bookshelves.

Paint them. These are going to stand in your hall, near the front door, so you will need to paint them a suitable colour to blend in. Make large stickers to go at the back of each 'shelf', saying Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc.

Now simply put anything you have to take with you in the right box for the day. If you have a music lesson on Tuesday, put your music book in the Tuesday section. (If you are using your book during the week, put a reminder in the Tuesday section.)

If you have a geography trip on Thursday and you need your wellies, pop them in. Homework that has to be handed in on a particular day goes into the right section as soon as you've done it.

Now all you have to do as you rush out in the morning, is to check the Memory Shelves and collect whatever you need for the day.

1 Comment(s)

Sally Bruce wrote:

Thank you for that - I hope everyone finds it as stimulating as you do! The important thing, from my point of view, is to get the word out to the world that dyslexia is not a disability, but actually an ability that mostly isn't catered for in our schools.

I have worked with so many fantastic thinkers during the course of my specialist teaching career and almost universally, they have found education - particularly in the primary sector - to be a frustrating and diminishing experience. It is nothing short of criminal that these kids are so badly failed by so many teachers, who seem to view them as 'the enemy'.

Surely it must be the teacher's responsibility to find the appropriate strategy to reach and stimulate a child and not the child's responsibility to adapt his thinking to narrow and unnatural constraints imposed on him.

What a shame that such an idea might be considered fanciful.

on 14 July 2008 at 18:21

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