Welcome to October’s Dyslexia Toolbox! Today we’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite dyslexia-friendly books and a fun twist on a matching game. Not only are our books dyslexia-friendly, but they all teach children important social skills. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
What we like to play…
Zingo board game
Zingo! is a matching game for ages four and up that strengthens matching and language skills. Designed for those not yet reading, the icons contain simple objects such as a hat, a heart, and a ball. While matching, children learn to associate those objects with the words also on the card. Zingo! Also has variations to teach children numbers, sight words and how to build words.
Tools we love…
Finger Focus Highlighter
The Finger Focus Highlighter is a tool that children with dyslexia can use when reading. This tool is put on the index finger of the student and has a transparent, colored rectangle at the tip that highlights each word individually as the child reads. This helps them stay focused on the current word.
Adopting best practices for dyslexic readers makes communication easier on the eye for everyone, including utilizing text fonts that may improve readability. Consider using fonts such as Helvetica, Courier, Arial, Verdana and OpenDyslexic, a font designed specifically for dyslexia.
Some of our favorite reads…
This month Ms. Jessica shared some of her favorite books!
There are a million books in the world where the prince goes on a quest to save his princess, but why can’t the princess save the prince instead? The Paper Bag Princess follows Elizabeth, a princess who is set to marry the perfect Prince Ronald. However, her plans are foiled by a dragon who destroys her castle, kidnaps Ronald and burns all of her clothes, leaving her with nothing to wear but a paper bag. Dressed in the paper bag, she goes on a quest to save her prince. Along the way, she learns about self-worth and that a person’s personality may not always match their outward appearance.
Before school one morning, Stephanie’s mom asks her what hairdo she wants. Stephanie decides on a ponytail. When she arrives at school, many of her classmates say that it looks ugly, but Stephanie doesn’t care. Instead, Stephanie exclaims that she likes it just the way it is. The next day, she arrives at school to find that everyone else has the same ponytail! Every day she decides to wear an even crazier hairdo, and every day her classmates copy her. One day, Stephanie decides to save her head. Will her classmates copy her again? Stephanie learns the importance of being unique, original and not letting people’s comments get you down in the dumps.
The narrator takes the reader to meet different animals. On their journey, the child will meet brown bears and purple cats! This book teaches toddlers about different colors and objects using repetition and bold colors that will catch any child’s attention.
Duncan is excited to color and opens his box of crayons to find…they’re all gone! They’ve quit! Each color has left a letter with their request for Duncan. Red doesn’t want to be used as much, orange and yellow don’t want to be next to each other and blue doesn’t want to be water anymore. Duncan must think of creative ways to satisfy all colors. This book introduces the reader to conflict management and out-of-the-box thinking.