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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
The SESS website has resources related to teaching of pupils with special educational needs.
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