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Help- I have money to spend- need resource ideas!

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by takethatno1fan, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a good phonic intervention (don't like Toe by Toe, sorry)
    Rapid Readers books
    Wooden alphabet letters
    Phonic games (look on crossbow education, special ed. etc.)
    Variety of chalks, coloured markers, felt tips etc.
    Blank flashcards
    Tactile materials - coloured sand & tray, sandpaper, carpet tiles etc.
    ACE dictionaries
  2. Superb ideas there ttn1f. We have Rapid Readers but not the Plus set- is it worth buying? We also have Barrington Stoke books. I am trying to buy some stuff for older/ more able pupils too, particularly those with dyslexia/ ADHD and Aspergers. I want to teach them strategies to help their memory/ work on their comprehension and improve reading fluency. Does anything like that even exist as everything out there seems very basic. Chalkface seems good but anything else you know of would be very helpful!
  3. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    I think the Rapid Readers Plus are really good, as are the Barrington Stoke books - what you need are books with a high interest age, but lower reading age. As you know, having a variety of such is the key, that way children can choose what interests them.
    You could also buy dictaphones which may help the dyslexic learners in class (teachers can record homework instructions, children can use them to record their ideas for writing, for revision etc.) Also, there is a memory stick called 'Penfriend' which helps with spelling choices, it plugs into any computer/laptop and works like predictive text. As the person starts to type a word, a selection of words pop up which can be clicked on and it 'speaks' the word so the child knows which one to use. (these may come under your ICT budget - but thought they might be useful).
    You don't need lots of equipment to develop Visual and Auditory memory - wooden letters, coloured beads, pelmanism games, 'I went on holiday and I took...... etc. are all useful activities.
    Comprehension can be developed by teaching strategies - useful activities can be found in the 'Reading For Meaning' series of books.
    Could you buy books for you and your staff to read up on dyslexia, ADHD, ASD etc? Take at look at LDA https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/AddPost.aspx?ReplyToPostID=7191744&Quote=False for loads of good resources.
  4. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    Beat Dyslexia is also a useful resource if you haven't had specialist training, it just needs accompanying with wooden letters and tactile materials.
    A couple of recommendations for your ICT budget - Nessy Learning Programme 4 and Wordshark.
  5. You may like to look at 2simple. we have found them an excellent resource.
  6. Many thanks guys- am really feeling my way and am a bit overwhelmed about where to start. Plenty of food for thought here so thanks again [​IMG]
  7. Hi Lindsay

    I know you said you couldn't get IT stuff but maybe they meant hardware. Some software that you could try is the 'Word Shark' and 'Number shark' cd-roms, Young peolple find them engaging and cover all the phonics and word bank material. Quite detailed. Also look at the TTRS.co.uk webite and maybe purchase a license. Good Dyslexia support material and also multi-sensory. Hope it is of some use.

    Kind regards

  8. GAMZ have lots of spelling cardgames (Swap/Fix games) for everything from cvc words right up to very tricky ones. They have been the resource I have used the most in both primary & secondary - popular with all ages.
    Easylearn site is worth a look too. Their resources can be useful, although I tend to use them to dip in and out of rather than as a 'scheme'. Resources such as 'Talkabout Pictures' which can be used with a wide range of abilities, and Stop It! proofreading resources are handy to have.
    Also, I think you should get this, older kids would like it too - I'm just a little jealous now that I no longer have a budget to buy nice things, I love this! [​IMG] Happy shopping!

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