Koosh Ball by Hasbro Keep busy hands busy while reading doing homework. Make great fidget toys to help students focus their nervous energy.
While there are several types of “phonics phones” they all do the same thing—allow a student to hear themselves as they read. It gives the student the practice necessary for out loud reading without others hearing them. In doing this, they learn to self-correct pronunciation, correctly follow punctuation, add expression and develop vocabulary.
- Hear Myself Sound Phone This ingenious, fun-to-use phone lets children hear themselves talk…so kids can really focus on every sound they say! Perfect for exploring letter sounds, phoneme blending, sound manipulation and more, the molded plastic phone is sized just for kids, with a lightweight, easy-grip handle – LakeshoreLearning.com.
- Phonics Phones are made of polished, furniture-grade pipe. When students read aloud, the device allows them to hear themselves much more clearly when they practice. They are able to work on word pronunciation and improve their phonics skills by using the phones. With fittings manufactured to allow the sections to be turned, students can practice either individually or with a partner – candlfoundation.com.
- WhisperPhone Make learning fun for older children and adults! WhisperPhone offers voice amplification to promote learning while providing a discreet design for every-day use. The adult WhisperPhone is a great tool for speech training, literacy, vocal training, performing arts, and learning new languages – whisperphone.com.
- The TOOBALOO is a phone-like device that allows children to hear themselves clearly while speaking softly into it. The design of the TOOBALOO magnifies their voice allowing them to hear their sounds and words distinctly – learning-loft.com.
When students see letters or words improperly, their comprehension suffers and they may skip lines, change the order of the letters in the words, or know a word on one page and not on another. Using colored overlayshelps eliminate (light) wave-lengths before they reach the retina and the brain. This provides some students with the filter they need to properly read text.
- Colored Overlay Sheets – howtolearn.com/
- Super-Safe Color Viewers – lakeshorelearning.com
- Multiple products – amazon.com
Multiple Intelligences // Learning Styles
A lot of people have begun to recognize that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Learning styles describe the many ways that people learn. Everyone has a mix of learning styles. Some people may find that they have a dominant style of learning, with far less use of the other styles. There is no right mix. By recognizing and understanding one’s own learning styles, you can use techniques better suited to you. This improves the speed and quality of learning.
- Many reference books are available to assist parents in determining their child’s learning styles as well as their own – amazon.com..
- Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ – washingtonpost.com.
Discover your student’s method(s) of learning! Learning Style Tests on line
Learn to Write Raised Line Writing Paper
Learn to Write Raised Line Writing Paper is assistance for tactile learners and visually impaired learners.
These handwriting papers begin with clearly defined writing spaces and perceptual cues that fade in successive Stages as the student gains mastery. The thick, colorful baselines are raised, providing not only visual cues, but also tactile cues. The links go to paper for the very beginner, to paper that gradually takes the student to traditional notebook paper, and to a spiral bound notebook for the older student who requires tactile feedback.
- Mead Raised Ruling – Amazon.com
- Raised Line Paper Assortment – Amazon.com
- Raised Writing Paper Spiral Notebook – Amazon.com
- Stage Write Raise Line – Thepro.com
- Raised Line Writing Papers – Teprocom
Pencil grips for both right and left handed writers
Encourage proper pencil use, positioning the hand and fingers in a tripod grasp. Develop pre-writing skill, promoting eye-hand coordination and visual recognition. Small modifications can result in improved performance.