Hi everyone! Welcome to my second week of Friday Foundations. I’m taking the time each Friday to share tips and resources with my fellow OG instructors. I thought I’d share some photos of multi-sensory activities I incorporated into my lessons. Keep in mind, NOTHING I do here is a silent activity, The child is always saying the letter, sound, word or sentence out loud. They’re hearing it, seeing it, touching it, and reading it. Engaging multiple senses and making powerful new connections as you work is the beauty of multi-sensory instruction. These are easy to implement and set up in you OG routines. Feel free to add questions and or thoughts at the end of this post.
- Play dough mats for phonogram practice: After I introduce a new phonogram card, I have the student make it on a play-dough mat. I only do this for my level 1 students, most of the time. Then I have them press down on the playdough saying, “J jam j.” They do this all the way down the shape of the letter.
2. Handwriting practice: Many children need this quick practice with letter formation. I’ll take out different colored dry erase markers for students to rainbow write over their letters. For older children, I make sure this is cursive practice. Cursive is highly beneficial for the dyslexic reader to learn. Read more about the benefits here.
3. Elkonin boxes for sound segmentation: I like two color counters to identify vowels and consonants. I don’t always have a word card with this activity. This student was reviewing words for consonant j. When we go to the S.O.S. portion of this lesson, he was able to use that strategy more effectively. Click here to read my previous post about S.O.S. (Simulataneous Oral Spelling).
4. Circle Rhyming Words: Rhyming is challenging for dyslexic readers. This is a great way to build in that extra practice. After I’ve introduced the new words, I’ll start by saying “_____ rhymes with _____.” While I’m saying it out loud, I’m circling one word, drawing a connecting line to the rhyming word and then circling it.