Dyslexia was mentioned at the end of 2014 for us. I met with the learning support teacher the next day and even though term 4 was about to end she kindly downloaded a number of the resources she had created over the years to help children learn to read. I wasn't going to wait to til the start of 2015 to help my child.
I spent the next week pouring over websites and talking to people. All the research pointed me towards Multi-Sensory Learning and Teaching.
In it's very basic form multi-sensory teaching means helping a child to learn through more than one sense. Most teaching techniques are done using either sight or hearing (visual or auditory).
With the attitude of starting somewhere was better than not starting at all I decided that over the holidays we would work on Mr 7's sight words using this approach.
Mr 7 loves to build and is competitive by nature so I harnessed these two attributes and made them into a game to help him develop his sight word knowledge
Build a Sight Word Wall
You will need:
- Old blocks
- A permanent marker
- List of sight words
- Write the sight words on the blocks
- Player 1 selects a block and reads the word. If they read the word correctly they keep the block and use it to start constructing a wall
- Player 2 selects a block and reads the word. If they read the word correctly they keep the block and use it to start constructing a wall
- Continue taking turns until all the blocks are used
- Start with words your child has already embedded in their memory to give them a sense of success and then replace 1/3 of them with new words.
- Make sure you look at each new word, talk about it, trace over it and read it before playing