Learning to read has been a long journey for Daniel. His speech difficulties has flowed onto his ability to blend sounds. But he is getting there. A few days ago he started to read a book by himself. Wow! This was exciting. Still very very early stages but exciting anyway. One of the hurdles he will have to jump is understanding himself that he can read. It has been a faraway goal of his for so long and now he can actually do it outside of lesson time. He still needs lots of help, but each little step gets him closer.
Yesterday I pulled out a game I had tucked away in the cupboard.
Boggle Jr. It is really a hands on game in the style of "Look, Say, Cover, Write" which is a spelling method often taught to children. For Daniel it has been a great reading/spelling game that he can do by himself, with me in the background just helping him along. In playing this game I have recognised that he still struggles with the vowel sounds – which one will I choose? So that gives us something to work on.
I love it when you can find a game that the kids enjoy and yet you know they are learning so much.