Last year an education consultant showed me a Far side comic of a man sitting on the edge of his bed staring at a note taped to the wall that read in large letters:
It reminded me of how helpful notes can be to children who struggle with memory problems or organization or neurological disorders. [Well, for that matter, most teenagers and many women over 40, too!] My teenagers could tell you of the various notes I’ve taped around the house for years (some reminding me to have joy or to trust or to be patient or to not judge–and some to them to remind them to do a particular chore, take a shower, or put on deodorant).
I came across this childhood family photo (child will remain nameless) that reminded me of Gary Larson’s comic.
It should be titled: First underwear, THEN your pants. Or for my British viewers: First pants, THEN your trousers.
Click here to view a photo of someone’s tribute to Gary Larson’s comic.
Click here to view the actual comic image.
Notes and pictures can also aid children who have visual-perception issues. Here is an article with some tips on this.
Notes can also aid children with ADD/ADHD with executive function disorder.
If you have a visual-spatial student (or if you know you are a visual-spatial learner), you may be interested in reading about the use of pictures in note-taking.
Click Here for another great, joy-filled picture: Joy and Cowboy Boots
For a great illustration of how note pictures can say it all…but how important that the note speaks to the right age-group…
Pictures often do speak louder than words. Read this blog and view this picture that speaks the word Forgiveness.