It's the last week of the A to Z Challenge!!
Waiting time - Teachers can find that the pace of their lesson slows when asking children questions and they can rush children on or pass by a child slow to answer. However, by factoring in Waiting time which means simply directing a question to a child and telling them they will come back for an answer in a few minutes allows that child the thinking time necessary to formulate a reply. I have certainly found this useful (and not only for those children on the Special Needs register!)
I could also write about the Waiting time involved in getting any action taken for children with special needs but I feel I would begin to rant and rage and become rather despondent if I did, so I Won't!!
Whisper phones - I was told on one of the first phonics courses I attended that whispering helps with enunciation which is why sometimes you will find teachers whispering to their class in such lessons. The whisper phone allows a large number of children to practise their phonics out loud without interfering with others and allowing the noise level to become excessive.
Thank you to www.littlegiraffes.com for the photo
The funnel allows sound to be directed straight to the ear as well as reducing background noise. As you can see in the photo above, they can also act as a very useful tool for children to be able to read out loud in the class but in a more private and quiet environment. This is also important as it focuses attention on what the reader is actually saying and helps with understanding, fluency as well as reducing distractions. Children also actively like using them!
Of course with any education tool they can be expensive to buy for a whole class so some smart teachers have come up with ways to make their own for a fraction of the price so head over to:
if you would like to find out how!!
It would be great to know if anyone else has had experience of using them either at home or in the classroom so please let me know?
Wool - I think this picture says it all!!
I hasten to add this is NOT my wool stash because I do not have the time to gather all of the wool up that I possess from all the places I have stashed it in my house - so thank you to Nikki from
confessionsofayarnfiend.blogspot.com for sharing this pic :)
I have two reasons for why my wool is hidden all over the house:
- I don't have a room in the house where I could store it all together
- I certainly do NOT want my husband to actually see the amount of wool I have!!!!
Let me know your thoughts - I know through this challenge that some of you are amazingly passionate about your craft materials so what makes you go weak at the knees!!
W Freebie is my Walk 'n' Talk onset and rime activity which helps children write words using the initial sound (the onset) combined with the remainder of the word (the rime) - we sometimes call these word families :)
Hope you like it :)