Ready to use materials

The following resources have been selected by our e-Campus coordinator, speech therapist Fialta Salembier, based on three criteria: evidence-based, non commercial and useful for teachers. We are open to remarks about the resources and to suggestions of resources to add (send to amy(at)dyslexia-international.org).

Colour codes:

  • Contains worksheets to print
  • Theoretical bases for adapted teaching
  • Contains ideas and explanations of activities to do in class.

Adults

Some hints and references

Marion Walker’s ‘three-strand approach

Reading

The report from the US National Reading Panel showed that teaching children to manipulate phonemes in words was highly effective under a variety of teaching conditions with a variety of different learners across a wide range of grade and age levels. It stressed that teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks attention to phonemic awareness.

The Role of Phonics in Reading Instruction (also US)

In the classroom

Phonics Play games follow the weekly planning overview given in ‘Letters and Sounds’ but break it down day by day, add in suggested words and sentences that can be used in sessions and show how the PhonicsPlay games can fit into planning. They ensure a clear progression in phonics teaching.

Use this Scholastic activity to give students practice with initial consonants and blends found in a favourite nursery rhyme. Sample learning activity from Mother Goose Phonics.

Attractive ready-to-print 200 high-frequency words from phonics letters and sounds will also be useful in the primary classroom.

Activities and games to make teaching and learning literacy more fun, as well as a selection of English and literacy worksheets, challenge resources, word cards, PowerPoints, display materials and much more.

Fun Phonics worksheets, Audio tracks to listen to the Letter Sounds, Letter Sound Word Bank, Teacher’s Phonics Checklist … and much more!

Learning games

Easy-to-use games selected by us

Teach your Monster to Read is a series of free games to practise the first stages of reading. Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme. It has been designed in collaboration with academics from the University of Roehampton, UK.

Interactive phonics games online

Clifford The Big Red Dog: Interactive Storybooks. Phonics fun, games, and stories for early readers.

Free APP (ios only): Macrophonics is a fun new alphabet game for children aged 3-5, featuring CAT and DOG the stars of the IFTA award-winning animated short film MACROPOLIS.

Online word reading bingo (on opposite words)

Non-digital learning games

(taken from Learning Development Aids, Living and Learning (Cambridge), 1984)

Spelling

As an introduction please read this brief, historical view of the development of English spelling, by Professor Simon Horobin of the University of Oxford, UK.

In the classroom

This article from Instructor Magazine offers advice on how to build phonemic awareness as a base for spelling skills.

Worksheets

Spelling help

Learning games

Online spelling bee game (easy)

Writing

In the classroom

A renowned language arts teacher shares the joy of teaching young children to write — and love — poetry.

Worksheets and lesson plans

Left-handed children can have real trouble when they first start writing as they have to push their pen or pencil across the page from left to right rather than pulling it like a right-hander. This tends to make the point dig into the paper rather than flowing smoothly. Also, as their hand is following the pen, it is easy to smudge the work and make a real mess!

Concentration

‘Inattention is a very common problem for dyslexic people. Paying attention for long periods of time can quickly lead to daydreaming.’ (from beatingdyslexia.com/inattention.html)

Tips and tricks to give students to help concentration:

Inattention

How to Improve Concentration

Memory

Tips and tricks to give students

e-Books

Reading Planet

The reading planet is a child’s own bookshelf, where it’s possible to create a wishlist of books for reading

Free Children’s Stories

Giving access to several new and original stories

Big Universe

A vast collection of online stories, which you read page by page on the site. There is a wide range of subjects and the age categories are appropriate for the majority of children.

Oxford Owl

Free library of 250 e-books, tablet-friendly

Ebooks for all

Legally free digital books to read or download directly to your PC, eBook reader or smartphone. All ebooks are available in English and guaranteed without DRM. Choose an eBook by browsing categories, or by using the eBook search engine. Available in many formats (PDF Book, EPUB book, ebook Kindle etc).

Learning styles

(This section is going to be revised.)

This Powerpoint presentation is about a CD we launched in 2000, based on the Tintin character.

More

Software selected by pupils for this project

Making the best use of the computer

The finding that dyslexic readers require larger print size to attain their maximum reading speed has implications for the type of print that educators select for these children (Source)

Lightning Express Magnifier

Enables screen magnification, limited but useful application.

ATbar

Created as an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help users customize the way they view and interact with web pages.

The concept behind ATbar is simple: One toolbar to provide all of the functionality you would usually achieve through the use of different settings or products!

ATbar is free and allows you to change the look and feel of webpages, increase and decrease font sizes, have text read aloud, use coloured overlays, readability and a dictionary to aid reading. Spell check forms and try word prediction when writing. It is a simple tool, which is available for most popular browsers.

Open dyslexic font (opendyslexic.org)

Open source font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users.

Text to speech converters

Improve reading, comprehension, spelling skills and concentration by allowing the person to listen to the text while reading.

Natural Reader (free version)

Provides text to speech conversion for documents, web pages, emails etc. Can be run as a discrete toolbar within programs. For Windows and MAC

There is also a full paid version that includes more features

Dspeech

Text to speech conversion which can be saved as either MP3 or WAV for easy audio file creation. For windows

 

Organization tools

Many people with dyslexia have poor organization and time management skills. These can result in a general disorganization of life and of academic work. They find it hard to juggle and keep track of several coursework assignments, or to prioritize these tasks. (Source)

Tips and tricks

Stay Organized & Manage Your Time

Tracking Time

Organisation and Time Management

Online tools

Task Coach is a simple open source todo manager to keep track of personal tasks and todo lists. It is designed for composite tasks, and also offers effort tracking, categories, notes and more.

MyNotex is a free software dedicated to notetaking. It offers several features for redaction, classification and search according to certain criteria. Its interface resembles a text editor and has several panes that give an overview of how content is organized.

Mind mapping is a graphical thought organization technique that helps memory and note-taking from lectures as well as stimulating creative thought (Source)

Online mindmap creator which can then be accessed with iphone/ipad/android, you don’t even need an Internet connection, provided you’ve enabled the Offline mode.

It was built with a strong focus on intuitiveness and ease of use, removing all unnecessary clutter so that you can concentrate on the creative process.