As a Reading Intervention Teacher in a coastal elementary school I work with students who are struggling with reading. They have the desire, interest, and motivation to become strong readers, but they are part of that 20% of people who struggle to learn to read. When something is so hard and frustrating, it's often difficult to stay focused. Many of my students wiggle in their seats, lean on the table, or let their eyes gravitate to anything but the book in their hands.
There are tools that can help these students with their focus.
My students and I are using tools and strategies to help keep us focused, to stop our fidgeting, and to obtain that goal of reading at grade level. For many of these students, especially the 1st generation Mexican immigrants, the ability to read will make their academic success more of a reality than just a dream.
By creating an engaging environment with flexible seating options, structure, and a variety of ways for students to learn and practice new skills our students will become life-long readers.
Students who need to wiggle love sitting on exercise balls and are better able to focus.
Students crave structure and by knowing how much time is left for an activity feel more comfortable and in control, a very visible and child friendly timer will help them build stamina and regulate their attention. Hands-on activities allow students the ability to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways and build fine-motor skills. By using puzzles, unifix cubes, follow along letters, and sequence cards students are able to practice the skills they've learned in a fun and engaging way. Learning vowels and vowel sounds is a key to reading success. The vowel owls sorting set is fun way to help children build a flexible understanding of vowels and their importance in words.
The students in our Reading Intervention Program have a unique opportunity to learn in a small-group setting. Multi-sensory teaching and learning have been proven to support all students, but especially those that are struggling the most. These materials will make the biggest difference to these students as they will be able to practice their new skills in a way that engages and supports their learning differences.
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