Interventions and revision for young learners

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Looking back at recent years, this year has started off better than expected. Until recently, we haven’t been able to see our learners as often as usual, and keeping the disruptions in teaching in mind, there might be a need to offer extra support.

How can we assist our young learners who need extra support?

Host parent-teacher information evenings

Here, you could explain different methods parents can use to reinforce spelling, review the pronunciation of sounds, and help their children to study at home. Invite parents to school and offer those at home the option to connect to the conversation via video conferencing, for about an hour per term. Take hands as a community to touch upon concerns and invite parents to volunteer their time to help your learners to learn, review, explore, play, and grow as much as they can. 

Get silly and have some fun

Sing songs to review spelling words. List the words on the board and play guessing games where words are sounded out or spelt for the learners to match (e.g. You say ‘m-oo-n’ and they say ‘moon’. You say ‘sp-oo-n’ and they say ‘spoon’). Have the learners use small whiteboards to copy what was sounded out and to review their knowledge. Once the words are copied correctly, repeat a word and have the learners erase the given word. Repeat this activity until all the words are erased. Have learners attempt to use most of these words in meaningful sentences and encourage them to use the words in future work.  

Incorporate video clips 

In my own classroom, I have seen an increased struggle with discerning between sounds, learning to pronounce sounds correctly, and associating sounds with the correct symbols. In situations where I could not remove my mask to show the learners my mouth, we reverted to video clips. I can now demonstrate the pronunciation of ‘b’ versus ‘d’, and ‘k’ versus ‘t’ in this manner. 

Go through old newspaper or magazine articles

You’ll need to check for content that is both safe and has a suitable vocabulary. Share a copy of the same article or give different articles to your learners. Have them find and circle words from your spelling lists or words that rhyme with given words. How many words could they find? Complete a graph to see which words were the most or least popular. Can they subtract the smaller numbers from the greater numbers or could they add the numbers together? 

Create mini book clubs 

This gives learners the opportunity to reflect on and talk about the content in the readers, poetry, or novels they are reading. Try to find a personal connection to the book and share it with the group. Teach learners to start their statements with similar phrases, such as ‘I think…’ or ‘this reminds me of…’. They may then choose an idea to write about in their handwriting books. Incorporate the new vocabulary in handwriting lessons and offer older learners the opportunity to write in cursive. 

Make Maths interactive

In Mathematics, you can include words from the spelling lists in word problems. For example, ‘Mom washed nine spoons. I dried five spoons. How many spoons do I still have to dry?’ or ‘Jim took two photos of the moon and I took three photos of the moon. How many photos did we take altogether?’ 

Count rhythmically on the way into the classroom or as you leave. Ask your learners, ‘Who can count in twos, fives, tens and more? Can you count in odd numbers or even attempt to count in prime numbers?’. Paint number grids (or games such as snakes and ladders) on the playground and add flashcard stickers to the front sections (façade) of stairs. This could include number bonds, times tables, sight words, or tricky words.  

Include a mix of activities in your lessons

Try to create three or four activities during a regular period and rotate your learners through these in small groups. If you have an assistant available, have the assistant cover one group (e.g. taking turns reading aloud), while you help a group with their spelling and another group could work on their writing skills. Try to arrange your groups in such a manner that you can support the learners who need more guidance. Should you have extra time available, you can provide time for peer reading or games – in groups or pairs.  

Call on the older learners for help

Would it be possible to have older children mentor the younger learners, say for ten minutes before the school day starts or after school? Have them review flashcards or play educational games. Should it not be possible, ask older grades to create videos with similar content to play for younger students during the week.  

Make use of worksheets

I like to incorporate word searches to review spelling words. The words are mostly listed horizontally and on the odd occasion, I’ll add vertical words as well. When learners are overwhelmed by the number of words, I’d lessen the workload or give them words to trace,  rather than having them write it themselves. When worksheets come home without an explanation, it can create tension at home. I send short video clips or voice notes to explain worksheets, or upload them to my classroom page for learners and parents to access.  

Create grade-level support materials

Many of my former colleagues would create their own grade-level mini textbooks to explain concepts such as mathematical methods, how to write a letter or an essay, and will include commonly used resources, such as number charts and word lists. You do not have to provide a complete printed guide but having it available (even digitally) will give your learners the tools to feel more in control of their learning within the classroom and at home. Having supportive material to reference can help your current and future learners (and their families) to find answers. 

This intervention, remedial, and therapy resource collection on the Teacha! resource marketplace, which is also available in Afrikaans, contains helpful resources (including some of my very own) to help Foundation Phase learners who need extra support with their revision and homework. May you and your learners have a successful year of learning and growth!

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Ondersteuning of Intervensie Idees

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Ek het onlangs die volgende idees met Teacha! and Onnies Online gedeel. Loer gerus 🙂

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Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 8.48.43 R het vir my gevra om idees vir dubbelklanke te plaas. Ek het so ‘n tydjie gelede iets oor die vaslegging van klanke geskryf en gaan daarom slegs ‘n paar ekstra idees gee.

Maak groepe prente-kaartjies wat jy kan inkleur, oortrek en hou. Gebruik byvoorbeeld beet (ee-woorde), ‘n haas (aa-woorde), vuur (uu-woorde) en bome (oo-woorde). As jy die kaartjies permanent wil gebruik, kan jy die bostaande flitswoorde op die kaartjies plak en dit dan lamineer en uitknip. Vertel ‘n storie van die ‘n hasie wat graag beet eet voor hy langs ‘n vuurtjie – in die skadu van ‘n boom – aan die slaap raak. Verdeel die klas in vier groepe – een vir elke klankgroep. Elke groepie lees hul kaartjies en moet die woorde in sinne kan gebruik. Hulle skryf die sinne op ‘n groot vel ongedrukte koerantpapier – sodat die ander maats dit kan lees. Indien die outjies nog nie gereed is vir sinne nie, kan jy ‘n A4-vel papier in 8 groot blokke verdeel.  Plaas die onderskeie woorde op aparte dele van die skryfbord of teen verskillende mure op.  Die outjies moet dan elkeen 8 woorde kies, ‘n woord per blok skryf en probeer om ‘n gepaste prentjie te teken.

Graad 2- en 3-leerders kan egter al sinne skryf en moet probeer om skitter-sinne te skryf.  Graad 2’s kan so 5 of 6 woorde per sin probeer, terwyl Graad 3’s 7 tot 9 woorde kan gebruik.

Die belangrikste deel van sinne is dat hulle daaraan herinner moet word dat ‘n sin met ‘n hoofletter begin en eindig met ‘n punt.  Vra altyd dat die sin eers aan jou gesê moet word, sodat jy die sinsbou en -konstruksie kan korregeer indien nodig.  Indien jy genoeg tyd het vir prentjies teken, kan jy vra dat die outjies 3 – 5 sinne skryf en een prentjie daarby teken.  Maak selfs ‘n groot prent van elke klankkaart (‘n beet, ‘n haas, vuur en ‘n boom), vra dat die outjies die woorde self op elke prent oorskryf, verf met kleursel (rooipienk, geel, oranje en groen), knip uit en plak in die boeke.  Dit is sommer ‘n alles-in-een takie en behoort ‘n lekker leer-hulpmiddel te wees vir die week se speltoets.  (“Dink aan die woorde op die bloedrooi beet…”)

Indien jy die flitskaartjies apart van die prente gelamineer het (of oorgetrek het met breë kleeflint), kan jy dit skommel en vir die outjies flits.  Jy kan selfs ‘n tweede vel van elke bladsy druk en vra dat die kleingoed die woorde bo-op hul maats pas…of lamineer die groot vel en sny dit in diagonale en krom lyne op sodat die kleingoed die “legkaarte” moet bou.  Grawe gerus ook op rond vir lyste met klanke – indien jy nog woorde benodig. Onthou om altyd jou apparaat so te maak dat jy dit kan hou en hergebruik… Jy sal dit beslis vir dekades lank kan inspan!


Take:  aa, oo, ee, uu

Sien ook “Drukbare Bladsye” heel bo of tik “flits” by die soekblokkie in.





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