Our students need the combo of auditory (hearing the sounds the letters made) and visual (seeing them while hearing them) . 💥So, I start EVERY SINGLE SESSION (Virtual or in person) with a game of trivia...if you watch my stories, I post these often! . Why? . 🔠Structured literacy must be multisensory aka targeting more than one sense! And while this utilizes more energy from the brain 🧠, it’s key to work toward reaching the goal for the child to become automatic and accurate! . How do i do this? . 1️⃣The student is presented with his/her “sound chart” as pictured. . 2️⃣I say to the student as they hold their dry erase marker or zoom annotate drawing tool, “circle the letter that says _____, _____, and _____.” . 3️⃣Wait time is well spent time. So now the child scans the sound mat and circles the correct letters to represent the sounds I gave. . 4️⃣Reverse it! The student becomes the “professor” and says, “Genny find the letters that say _____, _____, and _____.” I listen and circle it as I was directed. . 5️⃣Repeat another round of it (steps 2,3,4) . 🌠This “trivia exercise” taps into their knowledge base, fires up the literacy neurons, and sets the stage for engagement and fun...all things necessary to then carry out the remainder of the lesson. . PS - the Sound chart remains by the child’s side the entire time...! . 🌟Tell me - How do you start your sessions? Find ways to engage the child authentically?
Say and Trace
When correcting a student who is stuck with reading, the script is, “SAY AND TRACE.” 🤏🏼📝 Model it enough times for the student on the paper so it becomes habitual and then learn to decode each sound and blend together independently. 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼swipe left for VIDEO👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 💛Spelling is even tougher than reading for the majority of our kids, so my go-to script is “FINGERSPELL...Fist (syllable) to fingers (phonemes).” 👊🏼➡️👍🏼 .💛 It’s so important for kids to be able to identify the number of syllables in the given word you want them to spell THEN break each syllable down into its individual sounds to assist with spelling on the paper. .💛 Again, if you model it and practice it countless times, the child will be able to do it independently. .💛 This can still be done virtually! This can be done but teachers and parents EVERYWHERE. .💛 Anything can be done if we think it through, trust the process, and believe in time the answer will come