For years, as a special ed teacher, I watched my students struggle so long and hard to learn their letters and sounds. Using some solid research about reading interventions for dyslexic, ADD and ELL students, and a lot of trial and error, I developed a set of alphabet cards. Each letter has a picture, a sound and a motion. The students rely heavily on the pictures at first, but gradually and naturally wean themselves off of them until they no longer need the visual and kinesthetic cues. I have never, ever had a student who did not learn the alphabet and the sounds… some just take longer. The students who are dyslexic, have attention difficulties or other reading deficits use the cards as visual cues longer than most of my students, so it is a painless and discreet way to differentiate instruction in my classroom. ! I use these cards every day, every year. I have used them with 5 different reading programs with no difficulty. One of my parents told me that her son practiced with the alphabet cards at night and kept them under his pillow. I hope you find this product as useful as I did! Thanks! Lisa Riddle
The following materials are included in this zipped file:
-Power point reviewing upper and lower case letters.
-Large 8x10 size Poster Cards- These cards are made to be posted on the wall, or to be used with a large class..
-Medium 5x7 size poster cards – This medium version of the alphabet cards can easily be used in small groups or in small spaces. When I was a special ed teacher, I often occupied small and unusual spaces around my school. Sometimes I needed small wall posters to accompany the hobbit sized rooms!
-Small Take Home Set-This small set that can be reproduced for each student to take home and practice upper and lower case letters and sounds. Letters without pictures can be printed on the back of the letters with pictures to increase the difficulty when the student has mastered the alphabet with pictures. You will notice that the small cards have the vowel sounds on a separate page in case you would like the vowels to be a different color than the consonants. I laminated the cards, punched holes in them and put them on rings to make them more portable and less of a hassle for parents.
-Small Spelling Cards- These small cards only have the lower case letters and the picture. I use these during reading group and tutorials to help students develop phonemic awareness and as a word work center. I also use these cards to practice spelling and build word families. The vowels are on a separate page should you want the vowels and consonants to be different colors. Also included is a set of letters without picture cues that can be printed on the back when the students are ready to build words without the picture cues. I also had room on the consonant page to include extra letters!