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5 Strategies that Make Learning the Alphabet a lot of Fun

Learning the letters can be a lot of fun! Here are 5 Strategies that your children will be sure to love.  

1) Fill a tray with a light coating of sand, ground
coffee, flour, or rice.  Make sure
that the tray is a contrasting color so that when the kids make the letters,
they can see the surface of the tray underneath.
2) Form the individual letters out of food that
starts with that letter.  For
example, make the letter B out of sliced bananas, carve the letter O in the
rind of an orange, or make the letter M out of mustard.
3) Have the children find the letters in the
environment.  For example, they
might see that two intersecting branches make the letter T, a portion of a
ladder makes the letter H, or an Allen wrench or hex key makes the letter L.
4) Boil spaghetti and cool it.  While it is still pliable let the
children form the different letters. 
Then let the letters dry and paint them. 
5) Take pictures of the letters that the children
made in the prior activities. 
Print them out and let them spell simple words with the letters or even make
their own name.

If you try these activities, I’d love to hear your thoughts!  
Cheers,  

Inference Activities Ideas, Freebie and Workbook Link

Inferences are often tricky to teach and challenging for
students to learn.  They are
abstract notions or concepts that are implied through language or images.  Therefore, concrete ways of learning
have to be placed aside and students have to learn to uncover hidden
messages.  Personally, I like to
use advertisements for my lessons.
Here are a number of strategies that can help you to teach
this skill:
    1)  
Magazine advertisements often have hidden
messages to help entice buyers. 
Look at magazine ads and discuss the inferences.  Consider the colors, backgrounds,
expressions, layouts and more.
    2)  
Likewise, billboards offer inferences.   Look at all the details in the
image and discuss what the billboards are trying to sell and what in the images
makes you want to buy that product. 
    3)  
Similarly, television commercials can offer some
wonderful opportunities for students to practice their inference skills.  Again, ask yourself what they are
wanting you to buy and what strategies they use to tempt possible customers.
If you would like to purchase a product that has already
compiled images for you as well as other inference activities and a game, you
can come learn more about my product, Making Inferences: The Fun and Easy
Way.  You can even download a
freebie sampling of the activities!  http://goodsensorylearning.com/making-inferences.html
Cheers,

Alphabetizing Exercises Help to Develop Memory and Organizational Skills

Alphabetizing is an important skill to master.  It helps develop organizational skills, executive functioning abilities and it even improves memory.  Furthermore, if we sequence materials that we are encoding into our brains, it makes it easier to access at a later date.  In addition, when we apply these principles to everyday life, it can help us to access our personal materials quicker and more efficiently.  Moreover, it is a skill that is needed in many employment positions.  The problem is that most alphabetizing activities are dull and boring.  Alphabet Roundup is my newest product, and it makes the process both fun and memorable.  Four different decks from beginners to advanced can be sorted and also played in a card game.  Amusing images and names will keep all the players chuckling.

Come Check it out!!

http://goodsensorylearning.com/alphabetizing-games.html

Compound Word Game, Making Connections, Also Develops Critical Reasoning, Mental Flexibility and Sequencing Skills

Developing language processing skills, critical thinking, mental flexibility, verbal reasoning and sequential processing abilities, is foundational in any elementary education.  What’s more, these lessons need to make the learning process engaging and fun.  I created Making Connections Compound Word Games to address these areas.  Learning specialists, homeschoolers, teachers and parents can now help students develop these skills!  Your students will love these brain teasers!  They can be quite challenging, so this product will offer a lot of fun for students of all ages.  I now even offer a free sampling, so come download it today!

Cheers,

Freebie Game for any Orton Gillingham or Phonics Based Reading Program

Come get a free copy!!  Kids don’t have to learn and practice new knowledge by plugging through long lists of words or completing worksheets.  I am a firm believer that the repetition they need can be achieved through fun and engaging games!  Puppy Party is one of my reading games that makes my students squeal with delight.  Kids travel around the game board collecting puppies while learning the short vowel  sounds.  The winner is the player with the most puppies. It is great for small groups, learning centers, or individual remediation.  It also works seamlessly with any phonics or Orton Gillingham based reading program.  

You can get a free copy of Puppy Party and learn about my other fun reading games by clicking here: http://goodsensorylearning.com/reading-games.html

Learning Style Inventories Can Help with the College Process


Here is an interesting article about how uncovering ones learning style can help with the college process.  It was printed in the New York Times –  Monday November 19th 2012. 
http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/college-search-based-on-learning-style/comment-page-1/#comment-155872

One great inventory to consider for this purpose is my Eclectic Learning Profile.  Come check it out:   http://goodsensorylearning.com/eclectic-learning-profile.html

Real Numbers Instruction: Having Real Fun with Real Numbers

Some students struggle with math vocabulary and this is
particularly common when students learn about real numbers.  Language processing and vocabulary
comprehension is key to this mathematical concept and making this process fun can
be difficult.  I have just finished
a series of game-like activities that make the process both fun and
challenging.  Following Directions:
Real Numbers Digital Download is a collection of 5 engaging activities
that helps to develop language skills, math vocabulary, tricky wording,
attention to detail and more. The Following Directions Series are one of my
most popular products and now I have created one just for real numbers and
other math vocabulary.

Place Value Game and Instruction: Place Value Panic – Enter to win a free copy

I have just finished a new, multisensory product I’m excited to share – Place Value Panic: Card Games and Instruction. This 51 page digital download offers four different printable card games, 8 spinner boards, and fun tactile instruction ideas that use color coding, recycled bottle tops, pill dispensers and pompoms.  If you would like a free copy, you can enter my contest. All you have to do is sign up for my monthly newsletter that offers sale

s, freebies and more eepurl.com/oyQMb or you can like this facebook page. Once you have done that, send me an email erica@goodsensorylearning.com and I will enter your name. The drawing will be on Thanksgiving Day!

To learn more about this product you can go to http://goodsensorylearning.com/place-value-panic-game.html

Cheers, Erica

This colorful Thanksgiving digital 

download – PDF offers enjoyable and

engaging printable activities that 

strengthen language processing skills 

such as listening, following written/oral 

directions, understanding 

homework/test questions and 

interpreting multiple choice items. 

Included in this publication are three 

activities that will also help your 

students practice linguistic cues and 

develop spatial, sequential, attentional and executive 

functioning skills.  You can come get a free sampling or

purchase this as well as other great

Following Directions activities by clicking on the image or the

following link. 

 http://goodsensorylearning.com/following-directions.html

Mindful Education and Teaching Emotional Intelligence Begins with the Learning Environment


 A big part of mindful education and teaching emotional intelligence
begins with the learning environment. 
Setting up a space where students can find peace and unwind is key.  In my private practice, this spot is my
“zen table” and the surrounding cushions, bean bags and tactile toys.  Here students can dip their fingers
into one side that is filled with lentils and colorful rocks and let the stress
of the day dribble from the tips of their fingers, or they can venture to the
other creative side that is filled with mung beans and magnets.  I got this beautiful table on Overstock
a number of years ago.  They call
it a TV table, but it makes the perfect centerpiece for a relaxation station.  If you want to make your own “zen space” you can also use big tupperware bins, an old chest, or even a wooden box.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask!!

Cheers,