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Poor short-term or working memory is one reason why children may appear inattentive.

Working memory for a person is like RAM for a computer. It's the information you hold in your mind "at your fingertips" as it were. With poor working memory you might have forgotten the first three digits of that phone number before you heard the last four. Your child might have to read and re-read that math problem because by the time they've got to the end they're forgotten what they're supposed to do.

Recent research suggests that working on any area of memory has payoff in other areas. So, for example, working on visual memory seems to help auditory memory too.

Most of the titles below explicitly work on either visual or auditory memory. The publisher provided grade recommendations are for typically developing children. If your child struggles with memory you might need to start with material below their current grade level. If you have a highly capable child with memory as a relative weakness try starting with grade level material. You can adjust up or down from there as needed.

We've also included some titles which work on specific skills which have a high memory component like learning to read or learning vocabulary.
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Usborne Very First Words Very First Words

Age: 9 months and up
Pages: 18

Very young children want to learn. They want names for everything. Very First Words is a bright and lively picture word book for the very young, with over 100 objects to spot and name. A great resource for supporting language development.

Our Price: $8.99
Visual Perceptual Skill Building Book 1 Visual Perceptual Skill Building Book 1

Grade(s): PreK-1
Activities: 208
Pages: 200

Builds visual, motor, and critical thinking skills for reading, writing, and math!

Our Price: $19.99
The Complete Book of Sight Words The Complete Book of Sight Words

Grade(s): pre K and up
Pages: 576 (perforated, color)

Learning to recognize common words that don't follow regular spelling rules--and can't be “sounded out”--is an important step to becoming a strong reader. The engaging activities in this workbook teach 220 of these essential words in a structured format that encourages independent work. Fun games and puzzles keep children's interest level high, unit tests review and reinforce new vocabulary.

Our Price: $19.95
Listen! Hear! Gr 1-2 Listen! Hear! Gr 1-2

Grade: 1-2
Pages: 31

Listen! Hear! is a series of two books with sequential activities designed to improve concentration levels and listening vocabulary.

Our Price: $7.95
Visual Perceptual Skill Building Book 2 Visual Perceptual Skill Building Book 2

Grade(s): 2-3
Activities: 232
Pages: 200

Builds visual, motor, and critical thinking skills for reading, writing, and math!

Our Price: $19.99
Look Listen Think Look! Listen! Think! Gr 2-3

Grade: 2-3
Pages: 32

Exercise students' thinking with these well-crafted reproducible activities that develop critical skills in visual discrimination, memory, and listening comprehension. The activities include concentration games, finding the missing item, recalling a series of digits, and visual recall. These activities are especially useful in developing test-taking skills and are a useful tool for assessment and training.

Our Price: $7.95
Think-et Green Think-et Green

Age: 8 and up (due to small size of pieces)

A portable set of trinkets with ideas as to how to use them to build creativity, memory, analytical thinking and more while having fun. Six different sets of trinkets are available.

Our Price: $9.99
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Book 1 The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Book 1

Grade(s): 3 and up
Pages: 48

It might seem like just fun but these puzzles build essential non-verbal reasoning skills in an enjoyable, non-threatening way. The connect-the-dot bar is raised even higher with this new 'Adventure' series. A simple story line that follows a boy around his home town looking for clues is a continuing theme in Adventure Book 1. New dot-to-dot variations are introduced.

Our Price: $9.95
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Book 2 The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Book 2

Grade(s): 3 and up
Pages: 48

It might seem like just fun but these puzzles build essential non-verbal reasoning skills in an enjoyable, non-threatening way. The connect-the-dot bar is raised even higher with this new 'Adventure' series. A simple story line that follows a boy around his home town looking for clues is a continuing theme in Adventure Book 2. New dot-to-dot variations are introduced.

Our Price: $9.95
Listen! Hear! Gr 3-4 Listen! Hear! Gr 3-4

Grade: 3-4
Pages: 31

Listen! Hear! is a series of two books with sequential activities designed to improve concentration levels and listening vocabulary.

Our Price: $7.95
Red Herring Mysteries 1 Red Herring Mysteries Level 1

Grade(s): 4-6
Activities: 64
Pages: 69

Develops students' inferential and deductive thinking skills for more effective reading, listening, and logical thinking. The activities also encourage creative brainstorming and flexible thinking.

Our Price: $14.99
Look Listen Think Look! Listen! Think! Gr 4-5

Grade: 4-5
Pages: 32

Exercise students' thinking with these well-crafted reproducible activities that develop critical skills in visual discrimination, memory, and listening comprehension. The activities include concentration games, finding the missing item, recalling a series of digits, and visual recall. These activities are especially useful in developing test-taking skills and are a useful tool for assessment and training.

Our Price: $7.95
   
 
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