Is Seeing Believing? Reading Skills vs. Brain Skills

MagicThe brain loves to play tricks on our minds using our eyes, ears, tongue, lips, and teeth.  These are all parts of the body that are necessary for us to develop reading skills and reading comprehension strategies.

Visual discrimination is a brain process that helps our reading skills.

  • It helps us to identify a letter.
  • It helps us to capture a sequence of letters and hold them on our screen in our mind until our brain tells us the word those letters say.
  • It helps us to identify one image from another.
  • It helps us with spatial awareness and relationship.  Is the letter going from top to bottom, or bottom to top?
  • It helps us to identify shape.  Is it a line or is it a circle?
  • It helps us to identify direction: is something facing right or facing left or facing down, or facing up.
  • It helps us identify size: is it big, small, tall, or short?
  • It helps us interpret action:  is something coming toward usor going away?  Are those kids skipping or running?  Are those two dogs fighting or playing with a toy?
  • It helps us to identify patterns and sequence.  Is that a man, dog, and child?  Are the letters in this word in the correct order: The ‘a   c   t’ is drinking milk?

And MOST IMPORTANTLY:  all of these skills contribute to the critical thinking skills required for problem solving, comprehension, and understanding.

JUST FOR FUN:  Together with your kids, answer the questions with each image below.   Did your brain play tricks on you?



Is this letter facing forward or backward?







What is this a photo of? Hint: it is something very common in today’s world. It doesn’t like to play with cats!






What is this common household object? Is it taller or shorter than the object above?






What is this device? Is it standing upright or falling over?






Is this the letter ‘Y’ or a pair of scissors?







Is this spoon facing left or right? What shapes do you see in this spoon?




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