Kids who are smart but struggle to learn often have underlying weaknesses in their working memory. Here are some simple games that can be played at home to improve memory.

Working memory is the ability to hold pieces of information in your mind (remembering) while using those same pieces of information to perform some task (working). A child’s level of working memory has a major impact on academic success. Low working memory results in poor academic success.

Learn more about working memory and how it affects learning here.

Thankfully, working memory can be improved.

Last week I attended a mind-blowing online conference from Dr. Carol Brown from Equipping Minds.

She has developed a program backed by research that uses the increasingly complex use of simple games to build working memory and strengthen cognitive skills.

Homeschool, private, and public school parents, educators, and therapists are implementing the Equipping Minds brain training games with their students using a deck of cards and common household items! You can play with your family, friends, and grandparents at home and online.

Other Learning Skills Helped by Playing Games

Playing these games with a deck of cards can increase:

Processing
Language
Memory
Thinking Skills
Attention
Executive Functioning, and
Social Skills

Household Items for Memory Games


Playing Tic-Tac-Toe on Two Game Boards


Correcting Errors When Playing Games


Games to Build Thinking and Executive Function Skills


The following handout has more games, explanations, and a schedule to follow.

These videos were recorded for a local homeschool group. You can follow the Equipping Minds YouTube Channel for more videos from Dr.Brown.

I’m excited to introduce Dr. Brown to you. She has a HUGE heart to help our kids who struggle. Does your family play games? How could you implement these game ideas into your home or homeschool?