Showing posts with label dyslexia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dyslexia. Show all posts
Thursday, 19 April 2018

R Controlled Vowels Decodable Stories

When a vowel is followed by an r, the r changes the sound that the vowel makes.  The vowel is called an r-controlled vowel.  Sometimes it is referred to as a “bossy r” because the r “bosses” the vowel to make a new sound.  When the “a” is followed by r, it makes the sound you hear in “star” or “car”.  When the “o” is followed by the r, it makes the sound you hear in the word “horn”.  The “ir”, “ur” and “er” make the same sound /er/ as in the words “bird”, “burn” and “her”.   I teach my students /er/ most often comes at the end of words like in "runner" and "faster". But unfortunately the r controlled vowels don't follow strict rules and this makes the activation of the visual memory so important. Since "er" "ir" and "ur" all say the same sound then students must use their visual memory to remember which phonogram to use. For Dyslexic students this is often a huge challenge. That is why I am offering this free Anchor Chart to help. I have also created 10 decodable stories to practice these tricky sounds. In addition, all my stories have the kinesthetic component of writing in the cloze passages. I have found these extremely valuable for my dyslexic students. 





10 Fun Stories in Color and Black and White


Cloze passages are so helpful for comprehension

                     Go to my store for these helpful stories Here






Wednesday, 18 April 2018

AY and AI Decodable Stories

Vowel Teams can be tricky! Some letters, when placed together make the long vowel sound. For example, when the letters “ai” appear together, they make the long a sound as in the word “bait”. “ay” also makes the long a sound as in "play".  When children are learning to spell words it’s important for them to know the most common placement of the digraphs in the words. The “ay” is most often used at the end of a base word and the “ai” is often in the middle. 


I am currently working on Vowel Team Stories to help my students get more practice with these tricky teams. All my Decodable Stories are aligned with the Fundations Curriculum, but are suitable for any Orton Gilligham Curriculum.

All the students I work with are struggling readers so they need lots of practice with vowel teams.

               I made this Free Poster to help introduce my students to the AI and AY vowel teams






And I have written 10 Decodable Stories to practice Reading and Writing  with this vowel team.








Every Story is in Color and Black and White with Fill in the Blanks for Comprehension and Fluency.






I hope you find these resources helpful!




Thursday, 8 February 2018

Sound Drills and Phonogram Study To Help with Your Orton-Gillingham Program

It is extremely important when children are learning to read that they understand phonogramsIt may seem difficult at first, but phonograms are actually simple to understand and easy to teach.


 A phonogram is a letter or combination of letters that represent a sound for example ck is phonogram that says as /K/ as in sock.


Onk is a phonogram which says /onk/ as in /honk.




Oi/ is a phonogram that says/ oy/ as in coin. 


The word phonogram comes from Greek and is literally translated as the written symbol for sound.

All children benefit from knowing these important sounds on sight. This is especially true of struggling readers.

Most words are learned through blending together sounds. Most words are not the learned best by rote memorization.

 Usually students learn phonograms through flashcards doing sound drills daily but flash cards can be boring.
That's why I've created to products to help with the study of phonograms. 

I have a fun PowerPoint and a Smart Board presentation. This will be a growing bundle, so buy it now at a reduced price. You can get the Smartnotebook Presentation Here and the Powerpoint Here

Currently there are over 40 slides available.Included aredigraphs sounds (sh, ck, ch, th, wh)Welded Sounds ( am, an, all, ank, ink, onk, unk, ang, ing, ong, ung)R controlled sounds (ar, er, ir, or, ur)and vowel teams (ai, ay, ee, ey, oa, oe, ue, oi, oy, au, aw, ou, ow, oo, ea, ew)


 I'll be adding more sounds as time goes on. I hope that you enjoy this product
Sunday, 4 February 2018

Encouraging Young Readers Sale

Hi I want to spread the word about some great literacy material for young or struggling readers.
I finally finished my level one pack of decodable readers with cloze passages. It took about a year to finish this resource so to celebrate and get the word out I am having a Buy one get one free sale.
Buy any product in my store and leave feedback and get another product of equal or lesser value Free.
Just contact me after you purchase an item and leave feedback and I will send you another item from my store FREE https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Smart-And-Special-Teaching










Friday, 17 November 2017

How to Increase Reading Fluency in Children

Improving Reading Fluency and Comprehension with Cloze Passages




As a reading therapist, my ultimate goal with each student is to help Students become fluent readers. When I first started teaching reading, I struggled to find enough good reading material for my students who struggle. We would get through the curriculum and my struggling students still needed more practice. The I started looking for other things for my students to read. The problem is that many of the things they're out there labeled as easy to read Level 1 readers or I Can Read books my students were not able to read.  That is when I started creating reading passages that would be easily decodable by my students.

I also wanted to find a way for my students to be able to really connect with the material. I wanted them to have a multi-sensory experience and not just have the words "float over their heads". That's when I decided to add cloze passages to all of my stories. I love cloze passages for the following reasons:

Help with comprehension:


When words are missing from the story and children have to write them in they have to connect to the story enough to know what word is coming next. In fact, some reading comprehension assessment tests use cloze passages to test students comprehension levels.



Make it multi-sensory


Reading cloze passages allow students to have a multi-sensory experience when they reading are reading. Writing is the kinesthetic expression of reading. When I have a student write a word in a  cloze passage. I have them say the word and write the word. This gives them an auditory experience, a visual experience and a kinesthetic experience.



Fun Fluency

Any good teacher knows the key to helping students master material is to give students enough practice with material until they become fluent. Cloze passages are just another way for students to. practice. The students read the story the with me. Then after they read the story they have to read it again in order to be able to do to cloze passage. I usually get students to read a passage 3 or 4 times by the time we're through doing a cloze passage.

Fun and Easy Centers

Also I love to laminate cloze passages and stories and put them into a center after I've done them with students to give them more practice. Kids really love it anytime they get to write with a wipe off marker. It's a fun experience and it makes for a fast and easy Center for me.

Great For Intervention

These passages are also great for an intervention time. If you have volunteers who come in to read with your students or if you take small groups of students out to do intervention time. Cloze passages are excellent for this instruction. It's totally no prep and it's completely effective. I use this technique with my dyslexic students and it works very well!
You can pick up these Blends and Digraphs Passages here at my store and follow me because I am adding more sets weekly and they are half off for the first 48 hours.
If you need CVC Practice go here and If you need Silent E practice or Glued Sounds
Happy Smart and Special Teaching!


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Activities for Reading Fluency with Visual Dyslexia

Improving Visual Memory

I have  worked extensively with students with visual dyslexia. These students often have good phonemic awareness, and can "sound out" words,  but can not visualize these words in their minds and so continue to sound out the same words time and time again. These students must have help to retrain the brain to see these words and phrases in their "mind's eye." If the students can not get these words from the short term memory to the long term their reading rate is extremely slow. This leaves them frustrated. 

Sentence Pyramids

One activity I use to help students with this are Sentence Pyramids. They help with repetition in a fun way. I have students read one word or phrase and then try to vizualize that word with closed eyes and “air write” the word or phrase.

Sentence Flip Books


These work on the same principle. Have the student read one sentence at a time and then flip the page and try to write it. For some students , they may need to just write one or two words and then flip back and read again.  The goal is to help them retain more and more word pictures and not to "sound out."  "Oh, wait" but you might think but " sounding out" is good. Indeed, it is an important skill but these are words they already know the sounds for. In fact, they have decoded them perhaps hundreds of times. They need to get beyond decoding to fluency.

Sentence puzzles

I included sentence puzzles in this fluency pack to aid in fluency and visualization. Have the student put together the puzzle, read it, and then turn over one piece at a time and have them "air write" what they saw.
I have a sample pack of these materials available for Free here. The whole pack has 25 sentence pyramids with stories, flip books, and puzzles to make essential practice fun.
You may purchase this megapack here.

Sentence pyramids Powerpoint


I tutor students online all over the word. So I need great multimedia presentations to keep kids attention while we work on needed skills. I created a Sentence Pyramid Powerpoint to keep my students engaged. This powerpoint will reveal one phrase at a time and kids love it. You can buy it here.

Strengthen Symbol Imagery


Strengthening symbol Imagery is essential for all struggling and beginning readers. Without good symbol imagery skills students reading rate and spelling accuracy is curtailed. I base my learning activities for symbol imagery based on  Seeing Stars by Nanci Bell. This is an excellent resource for any teacher or homeschool parent will a student with weak symbol imagery ability. Please follow my blog and my store for more great materials for struggling readers and writers. Lots of freebies in every post.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Floss Rule for Spelling and Reading



Do you use the Floss Rule? No, it isn’t for your teeth. The Floss Rule is an extremely helpful memory aid for spelling words with a double consonant ending. The FLoSS rule is one of the first spelling rules I teach to dyslexic students to help them understand when to double the final “f”, “l” and “s” consonants at the end of certain words. It is often taught in first and second grade.    
When a /f/, /l/ /s/ (or /z/) is heard after a short vowel at the end of a one-syllable word, it is spelled with a double “ff”, “ll”, “ss” or “zz”.    Feel free to download this free floss rule poster for your classroom.

I created 3 resources to aid beginning or struggling readers with this helpful rule. First, I created a set of decodable stories with matching close passages.



Then I created a fantastic  Word Work activity packet filled with lots of no prep and low prep  printable activities that will help with reading and spelling.





My struggling readers need lots of practice to gain fluency so I made the activity packet with lots of variety to keep their attention and keep them learning. This packet is a great Response to Intervention addition to your classroom. This packet includes lots of picture and word cards for a fun "write the room" activity.

Lastly, I made a great Smart Notebook Companion Activity Presentation which correlates to the printables so you can easily use them together.






Use the floss rule as another great opportunity to improve your student's literacy skills.