Mastering Tricky Wording: Free Follow Directions Summer Fun Activities

 Following Directions Activities

It’s easy to forget how challenging it can be for children to learn the complexities of the English language.  Following a parents’ directives, interpreting the needed steps to complete a homework assignment, understanding multiple choice test questions, and discerning a teacher’s instructions are just a few examples of how young learners need to be able to understand and navigate the subtleties of linguistic cues.  For many children, learning to follow directions is a complex task that requires instruction, and the mastery of this skill involves vocabulary development, mental flexibility, attention to details, listening skills, receptive language skills, and verbal reasoning.

What Happens When Kids Have Trouble Following Directions?
When kids have trouble following directions, they often encounter the annoyance and frustration of others.  In fact, a true misunderstanding can even result in ridicule and punishments that can leave the child confused and dejected.

How Can We Teach This Needed Skill in a Positive Way?
The two most important things to do is to be patient and to make the process fun and engaging.   Playing games like “Simon Says,” or creating a scavenger hunt can help to teach this needed skill, but finding the time to do this can be difficult.  However, if you would like to develop this skill through printable, game-like handouts or workbooks, I am offering free samples of my Following Directions: The Fun and Easy Way publications.  Just click here to learn more.

I hope you found this post, ideas and materials helpful.  If you have any thoughts or further ideas, please share them below this post.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to,,  

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