Homeschooling multiple children sometimes gives me an overwhelmed feeling: kind of like a squirrel in the middle of the road. (So can teaching in the classroom!) I’ve been trying to think of ways to help ALuv (almost 7) become more independent, using other resources other than mommy. Just the other day, I posted this idea on Facebook. By the way, if you have a Facebook account, you can “like” This Reading Mama. I often will post extra tips and printables that I don’t post about here.
And here’s the aftermath of my latest brainstorm (in the middle of the night, mind you…I sometimes wish I had an “off” button for my brain. Seriously.)
It’s a picture key to help him read the directions on a worksheet or activity. Instead if hearing, “I don’t know what the directions say,” I’m hoping that it will make him more independent when it comes to reading the directions.
My plan is to pin the sheet up at his desk for reference, but it could also be put in a folder.
I’ll underline words in the directions on a typical worksheet/activity that can be found on his chart. That way, he’ll know which words he can cross-reference when reading the directions. If you’re in the classroom, you could underline the words on your master copy before you run copies.
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