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Handwriting
Social Skills
Monitoring Progress

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.

-Mother Teresa

Letter Formation - Writing Practice

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/letterformation/ Added: 10 Aug 2016 Contributor: claire thomas Resource type: Simulation

A nice visual game to reinforce how to form letters. Exercises include follow with your finger, press and follow & free draw. You can change the size of the letters, lower case, upper case, numbers and the writing speed.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to form and name individual letters using various materials

Suggestions for use: Use the animation on full screen to introduce and reinforce letter formation. Get the class to follow the letter formation on the board. Then get one pupil to press and follow while class still follow with finger. Then, pupils can practice free drawing with the animation independently. Monitor and check.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Sky Writer - Handwriting Demonstration Tool

http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html Added: 10 Sep 2010 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Demonstration / Tool

A tool for letter formation. Watch the sky writer form a letter and follow it your finger. Excellent for demonstration on IWB.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Handwriting Without Tears

https://www.hwtears.com/files/Letter%20Formation%20Charts.pdf Added: 17 Oct 2016 Contributor: Siobhan Doyle Resource type: Guide/notes

Tips and tricks to help pupils learn how to write with nice memory rhymes so that all pupils are using the same handwriting style when beginning to write.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • develop a satisfactory grip of writing implements
  • learn to form and name individual letters using various materials
Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Pencil Grip Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP5htYZ5jjQ Added: 17 Oct 2016 Contributor: Siobhan Doyle Resource type: Audio / Video

Song with verbal cues and actions to help pupils learning to write. The video has simple catchy instructions to grap a pencil correctly.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • develop a satisfactory grip of writing implements

Suggestions for use: Video is a teacher reference but teacher can use technique with class.

Asset type: Video
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Train Your Hand Handwriting App

http://www.bestappsforkids.com/2015/train-your-hand/ Added: 04 Jul 2015 Contributor: Damien Diver Resource type: App/software

Train your Hand is a Handwriting app that allows children to practice the early stages of writing. Children can follow the dotted lines to create each letter and for each one they do correctly they get a reward.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to form and name individual letters using various materials

Suggestions for use: This can be used with a child that struggles with their handwriting or as a supplement for a pencil and copybook.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution Creative Commons
Cost: 1
Special Needs:

Handwriting Worksheets

http://www.senteacher.org/Worksheet/17/Handwriting.xhtml Added: 10 Jul 2008 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment / Tool

This generator produces pre-writing and early writing support sheets. Learners must over-write and copy a number of shapes and line patterns.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Free Printables: Handwriting Patterns

http://www.senteacher.org/wk/hands1.php Added: 16 Apr 2008 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Assessment

Teachers can print a selection of sheets to support early handwriting and pre-writing skills.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Techniques to Improve Handwriting Ability.

http://blog.maketaketeach.com/strategies-for-improving-handwriting/ Added: 10 May 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan / Primary Source

A simple conversation began on twitter whereby a truly caring and compassionate teacher sought for techniques and strategies to help a pupils handwriting ability. Lehinch National School recommended this great find which goes back to basics. Basics are not basics for all children and some need more help at grasping the basics before slipping through the system. With dedicated practice and perseverance, the response to intervention (RtI) techniques which include letter size differentiation, raised line paper, using stickers to ensure spacing between words, direct instruction on case sensitivity, using multi sensory by writing in sand/shaving foam/paint, handwriting without tears app, handwriting practice worksheets and letter rehearsals.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
1-2
English

Strand: Writing

Suggestions for use: As the twitter conversation progressed, a need was highlighted. Practice of handwriting cannot be left up to the English teacher alone. In this case, the English teacher allowed the pupil to sit their exams using an iPad so that assessment was accurately depicting the pupils ability. Secondly, the teacher emailed all the corresponding teachers who work with the pupil to gather ideas and strategies collectively. The form teacher had an essential role as the form teacher checks in with the student daily on a 10 minute basis. Ultimately, for handwriting to improve, everyone in the pupils educational environment needs to sing off the same hymn sheet and become advocates for the pupil to become persistent with the challenge they are facing.

Directly instruct students to be aware of using case sensitives.
Practice writing letters using guided worksheets. Try using different size lined paper or coloured paper. Practice writing letters in a multi-sensory environment to relieve the monotonous factor.

Strand: Writing

Asset type: Document
Rights: All rights reserved
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Writing Stories - Themepage

https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/writing-stories/ Added: 30 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Reference

Writing stories theme-page is a collection of resources that can be used to tap into the children's creative writing and storytelling interests. Activities and quizzes too to test grammar.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
English

Strand: Writing

Suggestions for use: Teacher should refer to the individual resources when planning lessons on spelling activities. Teacher can refer to the resources individual descriptions and suggested uses.

Asset type: Online Resource
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Handwriting Worksheets

http://softschools.com/handwriting/alphabets/ Added: 03 Nov 2016 Contributor: Karl Meehan Resource type: Guide/notes

Choose from a large variety of handwriting worksheets or generate your own. This website provides easy to print lower case and upper case letter worksheets to aid in the development of letter formation.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • become aware of lower-case and capital letters and the full stop
  • begin to develop conventional spelling of simple words
  • copy letters and words informally as part of class activities
  • develop a satisfactory grip of writing implements
  • see the teacher model writing as an enjoyable experience
  • understand the left-right, top-bottom orientation of writing
  • write and draw
  • write letters and words from memory

Suggestions for use: These worksheets can be printed for individual work as part of a whole class activity. They may also be used as a reinforcement activity for children who are struggling to develop correct letter formation.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
Special Needs:

Handwriting Made Easy

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/...iting+-+Storyline+output/story.html Added: 02 Nov 2016 Contributor: Norma Bourke Resource type: Demonstration / Guide/notes / Audio / Video / Lesson Plan / Presentation / Project / Tool / App/software

Online resource to help teach children correct letter formation. It contains individual videos modelling formation of each letter in upper and lowercase as well as guidelines on the 3p's and 4s's of good handwriting. The resource can be used by teachers in the classroom and can then be accessed by children and parents at home for reinforcement.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
English

Strand: Writing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • confer with the teacher and others on the quality of presentation
  • decide whether or not to re-draft a piece of writing
  • realise that first attempts at writing are not necessarily the finished product and learn to undertake second drafts in order to improve writing

Suggestions for use: In class demonstration of letter formation, support for children at home

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

No-One needs a smile as much as a person who fails to give one.

101 Ways to Teach Social Skills

http://www.socialskillscentral.com/...ys_Teach_Children_Social_Skills.pdf Added: 30 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Reference

101 activities to help teach students about social skills. The book is divided into 9 sections: communicating, non-verbal communication, being part of a group, expressing your feelings, caring about yourself, problem solving, listening, standing up for yourself and managing conflict. Activity sheets and be printed and used to aid the teaching of the social skill.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
SPHE

Strand: Myself & Others

Strand unit: Relating to others

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • distinguish between verbal and non-verbal behaviour and know how they are used in performing social functions
  • express and record experiences, opinions, feelings and emotions in a variety of ways
  • listen, hear and respond to what is being said by others

Suggestions for use: A nice read for teachers who have students that struggle with social skills development. Read the 9 sections and print activity sheets to aid your planning of SPHE lessons on social skills.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Do2Learn - Social Skills

http://do2learn.com/SocialSkills/overview.htm Added: 30 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Reference

Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
SPHE

Strand: Myself & Others

Suggestions for use: Print out picture and word cards to use on a regular daily basis, particularly useful with special needs students at any age-group,
Read up on details of certain disabilities.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Autism Games

http://www.autismgames.com.au/game_memotion.html Added: 06 Oct 2015 Contributor: Ashley Molloy Resource type: Game

Games for children with autism online

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
SPHE

Suggestions for use: Resource

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Grace App

http://www.graceapp.com/ Added: 16 Aug 2015 Contributor: Emma Sweeney Resource type: Audio / Video / Tool / App/software

Grace App is a communication tool designed specifically for children with Autism to allow them to communicate effectively and independently convey their wants and needs.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Oral Language

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • choose appropriate words to name and describe things and events
  • combine simple sentences through the use of connecting words
  • experiment with descriptive words to add elaborative detail
  • initiate and sustain a conversation on a particular topic
  • talk about past and present experiences, and plan, predict and speculate about future and imaginary experiences
  • use language to perform common social functions

Suggestions for use: Really this can be used from Infant age right through adulthood but my specific experiences are with Infant age children.

Asset type: App
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Cost: 1
Special Needs:

Social Skills Resources

http://autismteachingstrategies.com/free-social-skills-downloads-2/ Added: 30 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Reference

Free Autism social skill teaching resources on communication, relationship and emotion skills. Resources include PDF non-verbal prompts, all about me signs, hands on activities for keeping conversations, teaching levels of formality and teaching cause and effect.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
SPHE

Strand: Myself & Others

Strand unit: Relating to others

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • listen and respond to the opinions and views of others
  • practise care and consideration, courtesy and good manners when interacting with others
  • use verbal and non-verbal behaviour to perform social functions

Suggestions for use: Teacher can use the resources to gain ideas from or download the PDF documents to print out the cards.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Doubt is only removed by action, if your not working then that's where doubt comes in.

- Conor McGregor, 2016

Seesaw

http://web.seesaw.me/ Added: 27 May 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Tool

This website has been recommended at this years' Digital MegaMeet. It is a free platform to document what your pupils/students are learning each day. Teach pupils digital literacy skills of taking pictures, uploading and saving to their digital portfolios. Students have the option to self correct homework on their digital image. They can record their own voice to add self personalized reminders and advice to themselves on their work. Excellent tool for monitoring and reviewing your SEN pupils development throughout the year.You will have pupils saying "Are you going to show my parents my work?" Parents become involved and in the loop thereby building supportive educational relationships to support the pupils challenges and strengths. Pupils will take ownership of their work as their portfolio grows and parents review it along with teachers. (All portfolios are password provided but the teacher can provide a QR code to parents to see their own child's work only)

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How it maps to the curriculum

Asset type: Online Resource
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Letter Sound Progress Checklist

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/18699/18380.pdf Added: 18 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

An excellent guide to learning your pupils learn the sounds to letters of the alphabet. Provide parents with the checklist so that they can also help and support their children through their learning.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Reading

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • learn to isolate beginning and final sounds in written words

Suggestions for use: Print the checklist and see the attached related resource for videos and ideas to help your pupils conquer each of the 10 points on their checklists. Reward with a sticker star.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Progress Monitoring Flip Book

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com...Monitoring-for-IEPs-and-RTI-1979772 Added: 02 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Reference

Perfect for year heads and class teachers to support pupils social behaviour in school. Pupils can monitor their own progress by asking the teacher to reflect on the pupils behaviour in the current class. Parents should sign the flip book at the end of each day along with a discussion on pupil progress. (Note: you must register but registration is free)

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
JC
SPHE

Strand: Myself

Strand unit: Growing and changing

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • acquire the ability and confidence to identify, discuss and explore a range of feelings, especially those that are difficult to express
  • differentiate between needs and wants and recognise and explore the concept of delayed gratification

Suggestions for use: Print out the worksheets and allow pupil to create into the flip book as part of a reflective task. Explain the process of the monitoring book in a positive manner aiming for pupil agreement. Explain that you know the pupil is having difficulties and that they are trying their best to be good and do what is right. Explain that everyone makes mistakes but it is what we do after the mistake that is most important. Explain the purpose of the flip book promoting student control in change and the book is there to guide student. Rule of the flip book is that it must be signed by every adult hat the student feels is important to them...First being teacher and parent. Student will reflect on learning experience in a positive way if everyone involved in the pupils learning experience encourages positive behaviour and attitude towards the flipping book. (Flip book should not be given as a punishment with no choose, it is most successful in the long term with positive portrayal)

Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: Print out the worksheets and allow pupil to create into the flip book as part of a reflective task. Explain the process of the monitoring book in a positive manner aiming for pupil agreement. Explain that you know the pupil is having difficulties and that they are trying their best to be good and do what is right. Explain that everyone makes mistakes but it is what we do after the mistake that is most important. Explain the purpose of the flip book promoting student control in change and the book is there to guide student. Rule of the flip book is that it must be signed by every adult hat the student feels is important to them...First being teacher and parent. Student will reflect on learning experience in a positive way if everyone involved in the pupils learning experience encourages positive behaviour and attitude towards the flipping book. (Flip book should not be given as a punishment with no choose, it is most successful in the long term with positive portrayal)

Key Skills: Staying Well Managing Myself

Asset type: Audio
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Class 123

https://class123.ac Added: 10 Aug 2015 Contributor: sarah best Resource type: Other

classroom management app

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
Supplementary Resources

Strand: Useful Websites

Suggestions for use: classroom management/behaviour

Asset type: App
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

World Book Web

Children's Reading

Within the search facility in WorldBook Online you can search any topic and refine the results based on the child's reading ability using the Lexile Measure Search Facility. When an article is open click on the contents book on the top right of the screen and this will display the Lexile measure. This is a useful tool especially when the class are undergoing project work. 




SESS - Special Education Support Service.

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