Children in upper elementary grades who are struggling most often are missing out on those essential basic skills. As we set out to help them, let's keep in mind that unless we address those missing skills, their troubles will persist. The resources we recommend are designed to target those basic skills and convey them to the students in ways that utilise their learning strengths. Most children who struggle are visual learners, kinesthetic learners, or who need a combination of both approaches. These resources combine 3 powerhouse teaching tools in their design: 1. Visuals, 2. Body Motions, and 3. Story.
Many children who struggle with reading in primary school have in common some difficulty with letters and their sounds.
Alphabet Teaching Cards are perfect for providing a memorable review of basic sounds. Images are instantly snapped in children's memories, tying letter and sound together. Mini-lessons are printed on the back of each card, making it a cinch for the teacher to present new letters and sounds. My older students needed only one careful introduction to letters and their sounds using these visuals and they had them. In particular, kinesthetic learners rely heavily on the hand motions for each letter.
Once you are sure the students know their basic sounds, it is time to move on to learning whole words. Many students who struggle with sounding out words need to learn the whole word first, then learning the spelling patterns that make up all our words. SnapWords® are essentials for children who know their basic sounds but who struggle with reading.
607 SnapWords Pocket Chart Cards provides you with 643 high-frequency words embedded in colorful images. The powerful resources included in this kit will help your students learn sight words quickly and effectively.
The best thing is that it isn't just about learning sight words! If you use SnapWords® Mini-Lessons (included in the kit), the children will not only learn to recognise sight words instantly, but they will spell them correctly, will practice writing with them, will understand what they mean, how to use them in sentences, and they will learn phonics concepts for each word! Imagine how this will boost their reading!
The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns will take the mystery out of words! Children who can't memorise will benefit from this approach to teaching phonics concepts, spelling, and sounds that require multiple letters. The book is entertaining, full of cartoons that help to drive the lessons home, and is funny.
The book is levelled as to difficulty, starting at zero and moving clear through to the most advanced sound spellings in our language. This approach has worked to bring children up to grade level in reading very quickly.
A finite number of sounds make up all the words in the English language. With The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns, students learn to read/spell those sounds that are the building blocks of all words. The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns replaces ineffective memorisation of words, phonics rules, or decoding, with kid-friendly, brain-friendly patterns and visuals. Students are engaged in listening to sounds, finding patterns, and learning through cartoons and story bites. The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns demystifies reading by giving students the tools they need to decode unknown, difficult words with ease.