Having two kids with sensory/learning difficulties has taught me one thing: Everyone learns differently. We have found "multi-sensory" techniques work best for us.
From www.EarlytoLearn.com: Multisensory learning happens when more than one sense is used to acquire and retain information. Learning is typically categorized into three modes or types: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.
My kids are kinesthetic learners.
Kinesthetic learners acquire information best when it is presented in a way that can be touched and experienced- hands-on. They succeed best by participating in field trips, science labs, using manipulatives (blocks, felt, props), and by being actively involved in some type of activity.
So WC and I have been using our Leap Frog Word Whammer to work on our 1st grade spelling lists. I lay out all the letters and give her a word and let her find the letters and build the word.
This is a pic of WC doing the little dance we do when the Word Whammer tells her she made a word "super-duper excellently". We do a little "scratching" and do some rapper-type moves. Well, as rapper-type as these two southern girls can get.
I am pretty sure this is discontinued, but it looks like there is a newer version.
Sadly, this little gem only has space for three letters. But I've ordered some Unifix letter cubes for us to use on longer words.
And I guess I'll just have to sing the song myself!
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