Special Education
Instructor: Mrs. Murphy   
Thank you for visiting my website. It is encouraged that parents continue to read with their child every day. Nothing helps a child's overall development, learning skills, and success -- in and out of school -- like reading. Thank you for visiting my website. Feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.  
Announcements
Wonders Reading Program

Our new reading program is Wonders. It is a great program with lots of resources that students can access online at home. Students have been given individual codes to access their account. Please have your child log on to the Wonders Reading site at least once a week as part of homework. Your child can listen to the stories we read in class and play games to reinforce skills we work on at school. If you need your child's password again please let me know. Click on the link below to connect to the Wonders Reading site.
Sight Word Activities
Is your child having trouble learning their spelling and sight words each week?  Here are some ideas to make practicing those words more fun for your child!
  • WORD SCAVENGER HUNT- Hide sight words around the room and have your child go on a word hunt looking for a particular word.
  • Use scrabble tiles and have your child spell out each word.  You could also have them add up their score and see how many points their word is worth.
  • Use Crayola dry erase markers or window markers and have your child write them on the tub wall while taking a bath or on the sliding glass door to the deck!
  • Make playdough (or buy some) and have your child make letters out of the dough to spell the words.
  • Using sand box sand, pour some in a cake pan and have your child write the words in the sand.  To create less of a mess, you could give them sandpaper and have them write their words on the sand paper.
  • Play hangman with the words by giving your child the definition as a clue.  This is a great way to help expand their vocabulary too!
  • Write words in salt or using shaving cream. This will help with reading and spelling.
  • Use magnetic letters to practice spelling the words.
  • Cut apart the word and have your child put the mixed up letters in order.
  • BLIND PICK- Place several sight words on a large poster board and hang it on the wall at your child's eye level. Like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," tie a scarf around the child's eyes and spin them in place three times. Have them place their finger on a sight word on the poster. Remove the scarf and have the child read the word.
  • BEACH BALL WORDS- Section off a ball into many squares with a marker. Each square houses a sight word. Toss the ball to your child, who recites the word under their right thumb.
  • SIGHT WORD TOSS- On a large foam board cut several holes big enough for a small beanbag to fit through. Above each hole tape an index card with a sight word written in large letters. Being sure not to cover the holes, glue or staple the board to a large cardboard box. Your child tosses a beanbag into one of the holes and says the sight word.
  • SKIP JUMP WORDS- Write words on colored index cards with marker and tape them to the floor. Your child can jump from word to word, saying each word as they land.
  • WORD WAR- Write sight words on a stack of index cards. A parent or older sibling can play this game with the child. Each player takes turns flipping a card over and the first one to read the sight word wins that card. Parents should count to 10 slowly before telling their child the sight word.
  • STINKY CHEESE GAME- Cut triangles out of yellow construction paper. On 20 triangles write sight words that you want to practice. On 5 triangles write "stinky cheese." Put the triangles in a sack and shake it up. Your child identifies the sight word on the cheese he pulls out of the bag. If he chooses "stinky cheese," he holds his nose and says, "Stinky cheese!" in a silly voice.
  • UNIFIX CUBES- Practice reading sight words that are taped onto the cubes. Make a tower of correct and incorrect words. Try the incorrect words again. Try to make a giant tower with all the sight words correct.
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How to Help Your Child Become a Fluent Reader edit delete
(Displays 11/15/2010)
-Have your child choose books at an easier reading level for practice and to reduce frustration
-Read to your child often, using expression
-Listen to your child read everyday
-Have your child re-read favorite books
-Ask questions about what your child has read
-Provide lots of encouragement

Fluency is when a child reads quickly enough to gain meaning, with few errors, and with expression.

Educational Web Pages
Great websites to practice and reinforce reading and math skills.
Learning games for all ages. Practice reading and math skills.
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National Center for Learning Disabilities Website
Great informational website for parents who may have questions about helping their children with disabilities.