For the past five years I worked at a local middle school in the Special ED. Department. My Bachelors Degree in Child Development helped me appreciate the need for students to have a strong foundation in Phonics to become fluent readers. Many of our students read at a lower grade level and a few could not read at all. We helped them learn the rules of phonics. They learn what sound each letter or letter combinations make. Once they learned the rules, with practice, their reading improved. Even the students who could not read when they first came to us, were reading albeit at a lower grade level, but they were reading. They were determined to read more sophisticated books because they found in themselves a new power that had escaped them for years.
After identifying the students need, the right strategy or vehicle was used to strengthen the weakness. In our work, many phonic games were used. The students really enjoyed the games and my background in Child Development reinforced the fact that children do learn many things through play. I also intend to use phonic games and other strategies in helping students learn to read.
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