I’ve tutored ESL and special-needs kindergarteners for about five years. When I first started, I wondered how I would do it. Thankfully, the teacher has a lot of tools to use. They seem like games to the kids, but in the meantime they learn their letters and then how to put them together to make words.
Here is an example. Here is a brown paper bag with small toys inside.
In this case, a pig, a bat, and an egg.
There are cards with a picture of each image and the letters that spell it out. The child then finds the letters that match and puts them on top of the ones on the card. This way they associate these letters with that item. This is a good time to notice if a child has dyslexia, as b, p, d, and q are all very similar. I notice if they reverse the letters and report it to the teacher so she can refer them for extra help.
Here are some other things we play with to teach children how to read and write.
The teacher gives me a list of what children I need to work with, as well as what tools to use with them.
I like that there are different sized chairs for us to use. Everybody needs a chair that fits them.
The entire school collected bottle caps throughout the year and did various things with them – counted, sorted by color, and made art projects. It was a free way to get items that could be used to teach in various ways. Here is a snowman that was created with caps.
Here are some outside scenes. The HVAC unit is impressive.
I’m not sure what this is but I like the patina and the graffiti.
The brick walls have interesting textures.
Mud and straw from a hiking boot on a rainy day.
And finally, a picture of one year’s class. They had made “glasses” to wear.