Below shows is a critique of the initiatives; looking at how successful they have been which Which students did this work for? What else do I/we need to do?
Elkonin boxes (Sound boxes)
- Learners applying this learning in their writing, if come across a tricky word I see learners clapping out the CVC
“I get to hear the sounds and put them in either 2 or 3 boxes”.
“When I see these words in my book I think in my mind about how they would fit into a sound box”
“When I am stuck in a word and there are two or three sounds in that word I know how to sound them out.”
When I have trouble sound out a work I can picture the boxes in my head”.
“I know how to chunk my words and now to use my blends.”
“Putting words together, helps me get the sounds, and i don’t guess.”
- I had a cohort of 19 in my reading group. 16 of these learners gained the confidence to independently use sound boxes 3 learners are still unable to independently chunk out their words and can not hear the sounds being blended or segmented.
- Learners struggling on level yellow for more than 6 months.
- Learners that started school at 6 years old.
- Learners not retaining the information, a way in to support Dyslexic tendencies and hearing processing delays.
- Using prompt cards to help these learners. All learners benefiting from prompt cards and taking them home. Connecting regularly with parents explaining ways to support their child.
(click link for larger view) Readers Prompt Cards Blog post link
- Use the classroom blog as an avenue to connect with parents and learners about their reading, include Epic and Study ladder links.