About 400 people had signed up to attend the webinar I presented for Learning Difficulties Australia on Wednesday called “English spelling has five kinds of logic”, but sadly, the LDA Zoom account locked all but 100 people out. I’m so sorry about that, I didn’t even realise till the end.
Anyway, here’s the video, so you can watch it at your leisure. Sorry I say “um” so much! Below the video is a list of some of the resources I’ve found useful for online therapy sessions targeting spelling, reading and related skills (including irregular verbs, which someone asked about), since I couldn’t fit as much practical stuff into the webinar as I had hoped.
If you have feedback or questions, or any great online teaching/therapy resource tips, please leave a comment.
Useful resources for online learning/therapy during COVID-19
- Decodable Readers Australia’s books are freely accessible online till 25th August.
- The Flyleaf Online portal, where all their books are currently free online, with homework.
- The ICT Games literacy activities.
- Phonic Books At Home minibooks and activity sheets, targeting vowel spellings.
- The Phonics Play Comics.
- Powerpoint games
- The Reading Elephant books.
- The Reading Magic and Spelling Magic apps I mentioned in the webinar.
- If you’re trained in Sounds-Write, try their interactive whiteboard activities, in Australia available from DSF for $95.
- WordWall, where lots of people have made activities you can use, or you can make your own if you subscribe. Ones we’ve made, including sets that align with the Sounds-Write and Phonic Books Catch-Up Readers teaching sequence are here.
Black Sheep Press has lots of downloadable speech and language activities, including on irregular past tense here and here. There are also apps like Past Tense with Splingo, and the Toddlers Seek & Find apps let you make something fun happen then discuss it. The ELR resources are another option for all kinds of online language activities.
Speech Pathologists needing articulation materials, try the Pottstown Schools website.
Good luck, stay well, and remember when life gives you lemons, you can make lemon tart, lemon curd, avgolemono, lemon butter, lemon delicious…(I’m not much into lemonade).
PS Don’t miss Emily Hanford’s latest, again-excellent report “What the words say”.