Children in upper elementary grades who are struggling most often are missing out on those essential basic skills. As we set out to help them, let's keep in mind that unless we address those missing skills, their troubles will persist. The resources we recommend are designed to target those basic skills and convey them to the students in ways that utilize their learning strengths. Most children who struggle are visual learners, kinesthetic learners, or who need a combination of both approaches. These resources combine 3 powerhouse teaching tools in their design: 1. Visuals, 2. Body Motions, and 3. Story.
Many children who struggle with reading in the upper elementary grades have in common some difficulty with letters and their sounds.
Alphabet Teaching Cards are perfect for providing a memorable review of basic sounds. Images are instantly snapped in children's memories, tieing letter and sound together. Mini-lessons are printed on the back of each card, making it a cinch for the teacher to present new letters and sounds. My older students needed only one careful introduction to letters and their sounds using these visuals and they had them. In particular, kinesthetic learners rely heavily on the hand motions for each letter.
Once you are sure the students know their basic sounds, it is time to move on to learning whole words. Many students who struggle with sounding out words need to learn the whole word first, then learning the spelling patterns that make up all our words. SnapWords® are essentials for children who know their basic sounds but who struggle with reading.
607 SnapWords® Pocket Chart Cards provides you with 643 high-frequency words embedded in colorful images. The powerful resources included in this kit will help your students learn sight words quickly and effectively.
The best thing is that it isn't just about learning sight words! If you use SnapWords® Mini-Lessons (included in the kit), the children will not only learn to recognize sight words instantly, but they will spell them correctly, will practice writing with them, will understand what they mean, how to use them in sentences, and they will learn phonics concepts for each word! Imagine how this will boost their reading!
Spelling & Phonics
The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns will take the mystery out of words! Children who can't memorize will benefit from this approach to teaching phonics concepts, spelling, and sounds that require multiple letters. The book is entertaining, full of cartoons that help to drive the lessons home, and is funny.
The book is leveled as to difficulty, starting at zero and moving clear through to the most advanced sound spellings in our language. This approach has worked to bring children up to grade level in reading very quickly.
A finite number of sounds make up all the words in the English language. With The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns, students learn to read/spell those sounds that are the building blocks of all words. The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns replaces ineffective memorization of words, phonics rules, or decoding, with kid-friendly, brain-friendly patterns and visuals. Students are engaged in listening to sounds, finding patterns, and learning through cartoons and story bytes. The Illustrated Book of Sounds & Their Spelling Patterns demystifies reading by giving students the tools they need to decode unknown, difficult words with ease.
This approach to teaching reading has a track record of working for older non-readers when other approaches fell short.
The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit 1 contains everything you need to teach a child to read. The program is especially effective at closing gaps in understanding for children who have missed out on some basic skills and are not progressing as they should be. The materials are also perfect for beginners, and if used as outlined, prevent learning difficulties for many children who would otherwise struggle in learning to read. This approach to teaching reading is very effective for children who have not been able to learn to read using traditional methods.
What's included: The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Manual, a CD of resources to print, Alphabet Tales, Alphabet Teaching Cards, SnapWords® Lists A & Numbers, Colors, Days, Months, & Seasons Teaching Cards (82 words in all), Easy-for-Me™ Children's Readers Set A (22 titles), and How to Teach SnapWords®.
Once you've mastered the skills in Kit K-1...
Easy-for-Me™ Reading is a right-brained approach especially designed to teach all aspects of reading explicitly so that no child is left behind. It is visual, tactile, hands-on, and very effective where traditional approaches fall short.
If you have used Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit 1, this Kit is “what’s next” after the K & 1st Grade Kit. The Easy-for-Me™ Teaching Kit, Grade K-1 is for beginning readers and for children who have failed to learn to read to date.
If you aren't sure where to start, download our quick & easy pre-test to see which kit is best suited for your child's needs.
Skills learned in this kit include: SnapWords® high-frequency words, grammar, vocabulary acquisition, phonics and sound spellings, phonemic awareness, spelling, comprehension, writing, and reading fluency!
Addition & Subtraction to 10
If your upper elementary children are not fluent with addition and subtraction facts, the best thing to do is go back and gain those foundational skills. All other math classes are based on this foundation.
Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction is the first in our two-part series on addition & subtraction that focuses on making math easy for children who typically struggle with remembering math facts. Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction takes a left-brained subject (symbols, abstract concepts, rules to memorize, etc.) and integrates right-brained elements and body motion in order to engage the multiple regions in the brain during the learning process. This means that what used to be tedious and discouraging for your child is now easy and enjoyable. Instead of memorizing number facts, your child will be hearing stories, seeing pictures, arranging numbers in patterns, doing hand motions and the facts will just stick!
Addition & Subtraction to 20
Children who have mastered addition & subtraction to 10 will move on to this book because it picks up right where Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction left off.
Right-Brained Addition & Subtraction Vol. 2 is a colorful, fun, and effective way of teaching multi-digit addition & subtraction - or computation involving numbers over 10! Color, story, action, and patterning - all these elements are designed to fully engage your student. Best of all, for children who have a hard time memorizing and remembering math facts, this set will be a life-saver!
Multiplication & Division
Any child who has trouble memorizing multiplication & division facts will benefit from this book.
Right-Brained Multiplication & Division strongly utilizes right-brained elements to help children learn and remember their math facts. Additional elements in this edition include full-color images, color-coding within the instructional pages, clear directions for the teacher or parent, hands-on practice, skits to act out, and practice problems complete with answer key. This approach will show students what multiplication & division means, will relate the two skills to each other, will present the facts via stories and images to help provide hooks for learning and recall. This book is quickly becoming our best-selling math book because so many children struggle to memorize multiplication and division facts!
Fractions are hard for most children to understand. Because an understanding of fractions is important in day to day life, it is worthwhile to explore why fractions are hard, and then share some strategies that will help students learn and understand using their learning strengths.
How Right-Brained Fractions addresses these difficulties:
1. Every term is defined in such a way that the very structure of each word is explored for its meaning. For example, “Numerator” is broken into two parts: Ator means “one who” and Numer means “enumerates or counts” which means that the numerator is one who counts.
2. Each term is also stylized in full color to show the meaning of the word.
3. Real life stories introduce students to the meaning behind the various steps in fractions which help students remember what to do and why they are doing it. (Thus avoiding the need for memorization of steps).
4. Every lesson has hands-on components before the student ever deals with symbols and puts pencil to paper to solve problems.
5. Models are used consistently so that the student can see what is happening rather than just listening to an explanation of what is happening.
6. Notes to the teacher as well as stories to read make teaching fractions simple for the teacher without having to engage in extensive training ahead of time. You can actually read through the book with your student(s).
7. All activities, worksheets, assessments and answer keys are included. The book is ready to pick up and use.