Today was Lachy’s tenth day in his SSP intensive program. As usual, he is an eager participant for his learning journey. That definitely makes his efforts easier. His positive attitude definitely lends itself to his mind being open and engaged in his learning.
As we worked through his program today, I felt it was important to try to enhance his learning with manipulatives. Usually, Lachy doesn’t really like Playdoh (this is a sensory issue), however, I wanted to try to get Lachlan to roll the Playdoh (this can be a difficult task in itself) and then manipulate it over his speech sound pics to then trace with his fingers. He then enjoyed ‘squishing it together’ when we were reading for our next sound.[embed_video link=https://youtu.be/5EcKONwq2LA]
How did this affect his learning with this? It allowed me to extend him slightly when we were doing our poster work, as it gave him the ability to visualise, and then copy the shape. When he was looking on his poster and writing his sound pics, he got them all correct.
He did however, write his letters from right to left. This makes sense to me as he is left handed, but is something that I am going to have to work with him on. Lachy does his duck hands from left to right (I no longer have to remind him of that), but he tends to write from right to left without his lines and numbers. (So, Miss Emma, this also demonstrates that the duck hands, lines and numbers assists in sequencing for these little people).
When we were looking at our visual pictures, we completed our duck hands, and/or tapped the speech sounds which corresponded with the sounds coming from our mouths, and today we didn’t get the additional ‘ngh’ sound. So that is yet another area he has improved in.
As we are working on our Duck level words, Lachy can correctly identify and read in a variety of different text types (packaging, posters, books, signs) the, i, a, and now is. We looked at ‘in’ and ‘it’ but I am just introducing one at a time.
So, before we head to the weekend, where I am preparing for our pupil free days, and school, Lachy has made great gains since he started. I will continue to work with him during the term, and hopefully daily with this to enhance his knowledge and understanding in this area.