I have been teaching early elementary deaf and hard of hearing students for several years now. I noticed that one area, that my students really struggled in was word families. We don’t “sound out” words obviously, because we can’t hear the sounds, but we can learn to recognize spelling patterns. However, many of my students are also English language learners, so they needed A LOT of picture support to help them connect with the words. This summer I made a picture supported word family unit to help build their understanding. My students are LOVING them! They are recognizing the word patterns, learning to spell the words, and using the words in their conversations and their writing. I am so proud of them!
I have been posting lots of fun Fall pictures lately. However, it appears that the beauty of fall has left us and the beauty of winter has begun! Although we have yet to see any snow here in Southern Idaho, I have been waking up in the morning to these beautiful frosty scenes.
I hope you have a GREAT week! I got new Sponge Bob socks this week and, well, they just make me smile! I hope they help you too!
Hi, I'm Heather Burgen!
I am a hearing teacher of the deaf dedicated to working with both deaf and hearing colleagues in providing the best education for deaf and hard of hearing children.