Your students will love practicing blending and reading simple sentences using this fun and engaging tool!
Being a special education teacher, I have designed this activity to benefit ALL learners: visual, kinesthetic, auditory, even unique learners such as students with dyslexia (1 in 5 students have some form of dyslexia). (2009, dyslexiahealth.com)
The font that is used is called OpenDyslexic. OpenDyslexic was created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia.
Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around.
The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping. (2015, opendyslexic.org)
Additionally, letters have visual cues to support students as they are sounding out each word:
-Consonants are black
-Vowel sounds are red
-Long vowel sounds have a line above them to indicate the long sound.
-Silent letters are grey.
This activity can be used independently or in small groups during centers (I have mine use a text-to-speech app on the iPad if they cannot figure out how to pronounce a word).
*Centers or as a small group activities
*Independent activities (bring it to your desk)
*RTI (individual or group intervention)
*Homework (make copies and send home with students)