Friday, 10 April 2015
I is for Investigation, Interests and Illuminated letters
Investigation - For many children with special needs there is no immediate diagnosis as soon as they start school but teachers will start to investigate problems that might start to occur in their learning and socialising in the classroom. Notes will be taken, observations made, changes put in place, talks with parents, carers, the SENCO (special needs co-ordinator) and then if thought necessary the next level of professionals - school special needs advisors and then on to school psychologists. This is not an automatic fix by any means and these processes can take years and investigations will continue to take place to help the learning of that child.
Interests - knowing what a child is interested in is an important way to help motivate children that find learning difficult. Giving a worksheet a car/dinosaur/handbag twist can make even the most reluctant child reach for one :) I also like to set homework that allows children to bring in their own likes and interests - I remember as a child how much I liked to write and draw about things that interested me so why wouldn't today's children? Unfortunately, for so many children these days the squeezing of the freedom in the curriculum does not allow them too much choice so it is important to tweak and fit it in where you can. I have been lucky designing activities and work packets for my special needs groups as this allows me to tailor many of these to the interests of the children involved. Many of the books used in our literacy sessions are chosen with that in mind.
Illuminated lettering - something I have always been interested in ever since I was a child looking through history books was illuminated letters.
There was something very appealing in their simple but detailed style and when I became older I learnt calligraphy and decorated manuscripts as part of my art submission pieces.
My first piece of cross stitch when I was an adult was a gift to a friend's baby of a framed cross stitched illuminated letter of her first name. Unfortunately, I have no photos of any of my own work but if you want to find out more about the art of illumination a simple short illustrated guide can be found here by Amy Bruce: http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/kmason/images/Illuminations1.pdf
Freebie for today is about Irregular verbs :)