Ideas for at home
Apps that I have found useful some are free but some come at a small cost.
Letter Reflex - quick activities to help distinguish pbdq confusion.
How Many? Memory but also early maths as you are required to quickly visually recognise a quantity of everyday objects.
Find Sums - Uses 10 frames to reinforce number bonds.
Wings - multiplication game that presents numbers in arrays (columns and rows).
Multiples - another array game which links to division and multiplication skills.
Mad Libs - word game that supports understanding word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions etc)
Bubble Pop - number bonds game
Halftone - turn photographs into comic strips!
Spot the Dot - visual memory game
Dexteria - fine motor skills (pincer grip and letter formation)
Dexteria Jr - fine motor skills
P.O.V - spacial reasoning/left and right discrimination
Memory - pelmanism games
Memory Block - visual memory game like 'Simon'
Thinking Blocks - a model based approach to solving word problems (very good but needs children to be guided through it)
The ability to read and write involves many skills but it arguably begins with the visual sequential memory. The brain's ability to recall visual information leading to it's ability to recall pattern and shape and therefore letter and word shapes. These games develop this memory.
Kyms Game - On a tray place a range of everyday or themed objects (items from around the house or perhaps toy animals after a farm visit) cover the tray with a tea towel and then remove one object. Your child will need to guess which has gone missing.
Pelmanism games - sounds posh but isn't! It's any matching pairs game. You can buy these kinds of games linked to favourite TV shows to hook your child in easily.
Bop-it (more to do with auditory memory but still good)
Think Fun Swish - A card game designed to develop visual memory.
Qwirkle - visual memory board game.
Children adore this game and why wouldn't they?
Place words or graphemes on post it notes, then call one out and have your child splat it with the fly swat.
It's simple and great fun.
Try the following sites...
HFW games on :
General Phonics Games on:
Maths Games on:
UPDATE: The following website has lots of suggestions for eye control exercises. Saccadic eye movement (linked to tracking text) and fixations (linked to eliminating distractions)
Some people love them, some people hate them.
At home we have found bath crayons a delightful way to sneak in some reading and writing after a busy day.
You could practice number or letter formation or write words around the edge of the bath to be read and washed off afterwards.
This game is a simple and fun way to help young children learn spellings of trickier words.
Put one word under each face of the dice and after your child rolls the dice they should spell the word in the column underneath.
Which column will fill up first?
Have a sheet each and race to win!
Car Park Word Reading
This game helps your child to read trickier words by sight in an active way.
Draw a car park and write a different word in each space (you could get the words from the word list in your reading journal)
Say a word and get your child to 'park the car' in the space.
This game could easily be adapted for a horse toy into the 'stable' or tractors into the 'barn'. Use something your child enjoys to ensure they'll play this educational game longer!
This game is perfect for any child who is a little more reluctant to read and enjoys activities that are physical.
Use a gym ball or football to slam against sticky notes on a wall. You could add HFW to the notes, different phonic sounds or even think about adding a maths link by adding odd/even numbers or number bonds.
Another game to support HFW reading. Again, pick out words from the home-school-diary to write on the end face of each block.
You can buy a second hand jenga at charity shops and car boot sales as an inexpesnsive way to play this game.