One of the objectives of the literacy programme we run is “to support educators and work alongside the schools in teaching the children how to read and write in English” by doing this we are able to impact classes upon classes of illiterate children and empower them with the knowledge they need to succeed in life.
Over the past 3 months we’ve looked at the different techniques we use to teach these children and the benefits of these strategies. For the final month we look at:
#3 LITERACY FANS
What are sound fans?
Sound fans are a teaching aid. Each part of the fan has a sound, blend or digraph printed on it.
How is this done in the classroom?
- the educator says the sound / blend / digraph
- the children repeat
- children find on fan, hold close and on signal show the educator
Why is this done?
Sound fans help the children consolidate their knowledge of sounds, blends or digraphs.
The benefits of sound fans
- Supports children in reinforcing their knowledge of sounds
- Helps build self-esteem
Outcomes we want to achieve?
Through developing a knowledge of sounds, blends and digraphs children will develop the basic knowledge necessary to read or spell.
‘One of the most common reasons for failure to progress in second language learning is lack of opportunity for consolidation. The key to success are: small steps, frequent repetition and a wide variety of consolidation activities.’ Language without limits, (2014) [online]
Sounds fans are one of five activities we use to consolidate basic knowledge.
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