Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hands on CVC words!

We have been working on CVC words focusing on those with an |o| as a vowel.

I have a fun Spelling game which we I bring out when a new sound is being introduced.  It is nice because it covers all the vowel sounds in CVC words but in a simplified way.  This means that Matthew can sound out the words using the picture prompt and not have to focus too much on the word, but the consonants are there to guide him. Each card contains one, maybe two of each vowel sound to that by the time that particular sound is covered, it is already familiar.

Matthew's teacher works a lot with worksheets and printables so I try to bring in the 'game'/ concrete side of teaching.

We used little picture cards (these are from my CVC Bingo set) but any appropriate pictures will do, to determine the CVC words and then build them with letter tiles.  The dyspraxia makes writing words more challenging so I find building the words helps me to determine whether or not he is able to recognise the sounds in the words and be able to blend them into a word.

We also used my CVC Bingo Boards but not as a Bingo game.  Instead, we turned all the pictures (with the words on them) upside down and took turns to choose a picture, turn it over and then each find the word on our card.  There are a few varieties to the game, like picking up word cards and matching to the picture, but I thought matching word and picture to words would be best for us at this point.

Matthew likes to complete a task and would struggle to understand why the game comes to an end when a player gets four in a row.  So, we played until both of our boards were complete and not with the usual Bingo rules.  Each Bingo board contains all 16 of the CVC words covered in the product so that meant we finished at the same time, which was also nice because he does not like to lose ;)

Sensory options are always a treat for him so we used kinetic sand after having a good play, formed the words with recycled bottle tops with foam letters.

I would love to hear about some of your ideas to teach Hands on CVC words.  Leave me a note in the comments with what has worked well for you.

Friday, 25 May 2018

A Beginning of a New Chapter

This year has been crazy!  I can't believe it is nearly June.

The reason why I have been so busy is that at the beginning of the year I took on a new adventure.  After being out of the classroom for just over 4 years I decided to leap right back in into a totally different kind of post.

The taught of going back to work has been on my mind for a while and although I think I had probably forgotten why I stopped in the first place (there was not time in the the day for my own children after all the prep, sport coaching and grading) I still kept my eyes open for the 'perfect post!'

Then one day I saw it advertised on Facebook - of all places!  I emailed the employer, went for an interview and got the job - yippee!

So you might be wondering what exactly it is that I committed my self to...  I am a facilitator to a first grader.  He struggles with concentration, dyspraxia and had been assessed and found to be highly functioning autistic.

And so it has been five months and we are loving working together.
This opportunity has given me a chance to use my special needs training and think out of the box when assisting with all forms of learning.

Many of my posts to come will be focusing on our journey together.  Watch this space!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Learning the Alphabet with Digital Task Cards

With my daughter starting to read, my son has become more and more interested in learning the alphabet and heading in her direction.

You may have heard about Boom Learning™.  It is a platform for Digital Task Cards.  You can read about it here.  I decided to create a set of Alphabet cards for my son to play around with.

They have worked really well!  The variety of activities included in the deck has kept him engaged and encouraged him to complete the deck.  The different activities required him to select, move and type in answers.  The repetition of the sound and letter built his confidence with each card.

Each deck includes the following activities:

  •   Finding the picture that starts with the letter
  •   Matching Upper and Lower Case letters
  •   Finding Upper and Lower Case letters
  •   Finding pictures beginning with the letter
  •   Sorting pictures according to their beginning sounds
  •   Building a 6 piece puzzle of the letter and corresponding letter.
  •   Completing words by typing in the letter.
You can try out Letter C for FREE here.

And view the bundle here.

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