Many children that struggle with reading and writing become bored and frustrated with the process. The more they struggle, the greater their chances are of becoming averse to the process. The most important part of literacy intervention is ensuring that you are working at the child’s level. This means knowing exactly what their strengths and weaknesses are and ensuring that the task is challenging enough without it being so difficult, leading to it ultimately being placed in the too hard basket.
This is often where a speech pathologist comes in to determine where your child is having difficulty and advising you on what strategies will be most effective at improving your child’s literacy skills. However, if you are aware of the types of words that your child has difficulty with then here is a fun activity to play for kids that find it too difficult to sit and attend to an entire page of text.
The activity involves deciphering alien messages and the activity can be done with any words that your child may be struggling with, as long as they can be placed appropriately within the messages. Here is what to do:
- Create an alien message containing words that your child struggles with, for example if your child struggles with the words “We”, “Want”, “To” and “know”, the message might go something like this:
We are hoping to come and visit the planet earth soon however, we want to find out more about humans first. We want to know what they eat, we want to know where they sleep and we want to know how they have fun!
From Captain Alien
The longer the message, the more words your child reads. Tailor the length to suit the amount of time you want to spend on the activity and the amount of time your child can attend to a task.
- Once you have all of the words, match each word with a symbol and make a key to help decipher the message.
we = ɷ
want = ϖ
to = ؏
know = ʬ
- On another page just have the symbols numbered in the correct order of the words in the message.
To add to the fun you can even cut up each symbol with its number attached and hide the pieces around the room to find one by one in a scavenger hunt.
- All that is left to do is for your child to match the ‘alien’ symbols they have found, to the corresponding word on the key and they can discover the hidden message.
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This article was written by our Speech Pathologist Ashleigh Fattah who is a Speech Pathology Australia member. If you have speech pathology related questions, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with simple and effective therapy targeted to your concerns. Contact us today.