I have listed below all the resources that over the years I have found have enhanced my teaching of literacy. I am pretty sure I have not remembered everything and I would love to hear your ideas too. Some of the resources are more important as ideas, like the box of fairies. A shoe box can be made into a magical box full of endless surprises that I will discuss more in a future blog post…
24-Inch Multicolor Pack Wipe-Off® Sentence Strips By Trend
For modelling sentence types and to display and share children’s ideas. Adult monitoring of handwriting.
Encourages discussion of story structures and easily editable ideas.
Great for instructions or challenges. Useful for children with EAL or SEN or young children.
Useful to record sounds / phonemes
As above but has a space for an image
Various sizes and length of time available. Great for making the link between speaking and writing. Record, listen, write.
Box of fairies
This can be made with various bits and pieces for less money but gives a good idea of what you could collect in a shoe-box
Writing tool belt
This could be made more cheaply using aprons or tool belts and resources added. Excellent for writing in areas of provision or just anywhere outside.
Pick-a-Question Comprehension Tub
To challenge and develop comprehension strategies both in groups and individually
Re-tell A Story Cubes
Talk for Writing Across the Curriculum
Brilliant book to guide you through using talk for writing in non-fiction writing.
Jumpstart! Grammar: Games and actvities for ages 6-14
Vital book to support teaching of grammar!
Jumpstart!: Literacy – Games and Activities for Ages 7-14
Another hugely useful book for word and sentence level games and activities.
Post-its (of all shapes and sizes)
Many, many uses…see my previous blog psot!
Essential for text marking.
Descriptosaurus: Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8-14
Fantastic book to develop the use of exciting and juicy vocabulary
Easi Speak® MP3 Recorder / Player
Encourages talk and oral rehearsal