Our Ready to Read class has been building auditory discrimination by working on the "sss" sound.
We've also been working on rhyming sounds. In this game, all of the pictures on the "Toss Away" board rhyme (tail, sail, jail, mail, pail, nail...). The children toss each picture away as it is called. This game is to expose children to rhyme and, since we are using many words from the same rhyme family, it is a good game for beginners.
In addition to auditory skills, we are working on visual skills to prepare these children for reading readiness.
"Design Matching Dominoes" help build visual discrimination skills. Children with strong visual discrimination skills will be able to distinguish between similar words and benefit from this more challenging activity.
We use the game below to isolate and strengthen auditory or visual memory. Three shapes are either called out or shown to the child. The child recalls what he saw or heard to complete his "Remember Me" board.
We always complete our board from left to right. Since that is how we read, it is a habit that we have to form. We are very adamant about forming a habit of left -to-right directionality, since children who have not developed this habit may later be diagnosed with dyslexia.
Wendy Joy Yohman
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