In the average classroom on any given day, teachers are faced with students from different social and ethnic backgrounds, with different life experiences, and also different learning abilities. Some students can find it cumbersome to learn fundamental tasks and may need extra attention from you in the process. When it comes to Special Education students, this attention coupled with a little help through a useful learning tool can go a long way toward improving their education.
Specialized instruction for Special Ed students can offer a variety of tasks to assist them with lesson plans tailored to their individual aptitude. One very important task in particular that proves efficient over time is repetition. The CardMaster™ card reader provides students with the ability to gain new ground with learning how to read and pronounce new words. While the CardMaster is commonly used for language learning using blank magnetic cards, a variety of magnetic reading card programs are also available that focus on basic words that are essential for survival in the everyday world. By repeatedly sliding and listening to these cards through the card reader, students are kept engaged as they’re presented with a visual and audio representation of the word they are learning. Dennette Waters, a K-12 Special Education teacher from Akron, OH has her Special Ed students “use the CardMaster card reader to improve their sight word vocabulary and for letter/number practice.” The better they get at learning these primary assignments, the more they, as well as their parents and teachers, will see an increase in their reading and vocabulary skills.
Using these teaching aids to learn how to speak and read offers students the chance to learn at their own pace. It also builds their confidence and self-esteem, especially when they discover how the CardMaster and its programs make it just a little bit easier for them to learn the material better so they can move forward to the next task. Shares a mother from Monroeville, PA: “I have a severely developmentally delayed 10-year-old son whose ability to speak and communicate is very limited. He has been working with your [CardMaster] card reader for the past year and has made tremendous progress in many areas. It has opened up his world and we have even discovered through using the reader that he is able to sight-read simple words. The possibilities that this has given him are just too much to imagine. His thirst to learn is insatiable, and if it were up to him, he would do nothing but work with the card reader all day.”