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Grades PK-12: Access the activities listed below. For more resources, navigate to the Student Hub https://www.aisd.net/students/at-home-learning/student-hub/ to access the PK-12 Summer Learning which provides additional resources for ELA, math, science, and social studies.
Resources for Students with Learning Differences
These are accommodations and supports you can use at home with students who learn in different ways. These strategies are appropriate for all subjects.
- Keep directions short and simple. Give no more than 1-2 steps at a time.
- Give extra time.
- Some students need “think time” when asked a question. Count to 10 before expecting an answer.
- For some students, hands and fingers can get tired while writing. Allow them time to “shake it off” if needed.
- Students who are easily distracted may need extra time to finish an activity.
- Use a highlighter.
- Use a highlighter or colored pencils to highlight important points or information.
- Highlight where the answer or response should go.
- Highlighting is also helpful for students to trace as they learn to write.
- Provide a checklist of individual steps required to complete an activity.
- Find a quiet and comfortable place for your student to do their work. Try to minimize distractions during work time.
- Provide frequent feedback to your student about their activity progress. Tell them, “You are working hard!,” or “Keep going!” If they are making a mistake tell them, “Look carefully,” or “Think again.”
- Read directions aloud to your student. You can also read any other portions of activities aloud as needed.
- Break activities into small parts. You can fold the paper in half, cover up some sections, or break the activity into separate steps. This can help to minimize frustration, lower anxiety, and reduce distractions.
- Use manipulatives for math such as pennies, beans, or other small items you have around the home. These items can help with counting, comparing values, adding, and subtracting.
What are they?
Graphic organizers are visual learning tools that help children to organize, clarify, or simplify information.
This sample graphic organizer can be used to describe content using adjectives. It is also great for learning new words. Children can draw pictures or write words in the bubbles. This can be used for all content areas and ability levels.
Using Manipulatives for Sorting or Counting
What are they? Why are they important?
Manipulatives are objects kids can move around to demonstrate more abstract concepts they are learning. They are often used when counting, measuring, making patterns, sorting, and more. They are generally small enough for children to easily move, and they can often be used for a wide variety of tasks. Manipulatives are a way for children to visually show their thinking. By watching kids as they use manipulatives, we can see the process they undertake to solve a problem. They also provide a concrete way to show abstract ideas.
Common Household Items That Could be Used as Manipulatives
- Small Toys
- Popsicle sticks
Book Talks involve an adult and child having a conversation around the text they are reading aloud together. Using this strategy can help your child build vocabulary and verbal fluency skills and better understand story structure and meaning. Book Talks are a strategy to support reading comprehension.
To help children connect stories or text to their own lives, ask them questions such as:
- What does this remind you of?
- These _____ are _________. What _______ objects do you have in your home? Ex. These blocks are blue – what blue objects do you have in your home?
- The boy in the story loved his pet hamster. Do you have any pets? Tell me about them.
Ask children to describe their thinking with questions such as:
- Why do you think that happened?
- What was the character's problem? Was it solved? How?
Breaking Assignments Into Manageable Chunks
It is not uncommon for children with learning differences to become overwhelmed by projects or activities. One way to support their success and help them avoid these feelings is by breaking activities or tasks into manageable chunks. These step by step tips can help you support your child with breaking down assignments into smaller pieces. The smaller the chunks the more manageable they will be for your child.
- Make a list of the materials needed.
- Help your child gather needed supplies in advance. This way your child will not have to stop to search for needed items.
- Write down or draw a picture of each step in order on cards.
- Focus on the most important steps needed to complete the assignment.
- Put the cards in order.
- Help your child decide what comes first, second, etc.
- Note questions your child has.
- Go over each question with your child and provide any needed clarification or support.
- Review your child’s progress with them.