Once again I am participating in a linky party hosted by Marie from Once Upon a Classroom! Be sure to visit her blog to learn about using technology in the classroom. Today, I am sharing a website that I use as part of my literacy instruction for my students. I currently have a bunch of kinders with severe Autism and I do the letter of the week to teach them about the alphabet and develop pre-reading skills. ABC Twiggles is a website that uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching students about the alphabet and contains a ton of activities for each letter of the alphabet. It is a member only website, but for $30 per year, I think it is well worth it.
One of the features of this website that I really like is the online story and game.
These stories are that are animated, but not too busy for my students and you can choose to have the story read with the programmed audio, or you can read it to your students or have your students read it. Students can also touch the words, which highlight when they touch them to have the word read to them.
But, the coolest thing about these stories, is that you can select quiz mode within them and students can find the target letter in the words on each page. When the student touches the correct letter, it sprouts wings and flies away! My students love this and it keeps them so engaged when reading the stories.
Another nice feature is that you can print the stories and read them with the students without using the SMART board for extra practice.
The website also contains tons of printables and ideas for activities to reinforce learning and provide plenty of opportunities for practice.
For my students, I like to practice doing the worksheets on the SMART Board with them, before they complete them on their own. All of the printables are in PDF format, so I simply take a snapshot of the worksheet I want to use and paste it into my SMART Notebook file. Then my students are able to use the pens on the SMART Board to complete the worksheet.
The worksheets are the perfect level for my students and they love using the SMART Board to complete them. This website is a perfect resource for anyone who follows a Letter of the Week curriculum.
Do you have a favourite website that you like to use as part of your literacy instruction? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below! And don't forget to visit Once Upon A Classroom's blog for more great posts on using technology in the classroom!
Until next time,