Did you know there is an invented spelling writing connection towards the road to independent reading during early childhood including Kindergarten?
Meet Caldecot author Tad Hills of How Rocket Learned to Read. I also have our favorite games and books to learn the alphabet.
First of all, I want to confess that I am not a board game person. I do occasionally get forced into playing board games with my kids so I am familiar with some of these games but it’s always a balancing act to play with them as I am asked to modulate my play: “Play hard against me, mom, but not too hard. You’re playing too easy against me.”
The iPad is turning out to be a great communication tool for autistic children. At West Prairie South Elementary School, the iPad was introduced to help non verbal children communicate at the suggestion of their superintendent. The full article by Lainie Steelman is here. Here are some key paragraphs:
Ananth Pai is a third-grade über teacher at Parkview/Center Point Elementary school in Maplewood, Minnesota. He uses online games to teach and it’s a rousing success as measured by test results. Pai says that in a matter of four months, the class’s reading and math scores went from below average for third grade to mid-fourth-grade level. His site is here. This would be great for home schoolers, teachers, and parents for want online educational games for home supplementation.
Best Phonics Workbooks: Explode the Code (at Amazon.com)
Best Phonics for reluctant read aloud readers: progressive phonics (www.progressivephonics.com)
Fun book series for reluctant read aloud readers: You Read to Me and I’ll Read to You
It’s a very well done app that does a thorough job of introducing letter sounds, simple words and individual lower case cursive letters. This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one. There is just something about the voice and the encouragement. At the end, for example, the game tells you, “Keep practicing!” I love that about this app!
I had my youngest try out Flip Phonics; his conclusion was swift and final, “I hate it!” It’s tough to compete with Angry birds. My middle child who reads nicely flipped around the app and made up words. It’s not a bad app, just don’t let your children know about Angry Birds and you will be all set.