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H-Word PECs for Memory Game

While we’re on the subject of long-term, short-term and working memory, here are some H Words Memory PECs I’ve been using to play the Memory Game with Noah. I used www.mrsriley.com to make these – it was SOOOO easy!!! You’ll find PECs for hippo, helicopter, hat, heart, happy, horse, hot, house and hello.

This is a 2-page file structured so you can print it on a duplex printer, and the backs of the cards will have the words printed on them. If you don’t have a duplex printer, glue the pages back to back with a sheet of cardstock between them. (Don’t laminate if they have been glued to cardstock because the laminate won’t seal all three layers together.). You’ll need two copies of each page to play the Memory Game.

Why have words printed on the backs of the cards? Because your child won’t be able to stop himself from “cheating” by trying to match the words to each other. Matching written word to written word is a great pre-reading skill. The trouble with Noah is he is not the least bit interested in matching words to words when I sit down with him and use flashcards. This game is only dependent on your child remembering and matching the pictures. He’ll only use the letters and words on the back of the cards to help him when he is ready. No pressure. You may decide you want to read the back of the card to your child when he puts his hand on it. This may promote his linking the written word to the image. (The written word is also written below the image. If your child is a resistant learner, don’t feel you have to read the word. Sometimes it’s best to miss an obvious teachable moment if capturing it would mean losing the cooperation of your child.)

For www.mrsriley.com members, a fully editable file is available at http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=52266. For non-members, you can edit and download this file with a 24-hour free trial membership. Just follow the directions once you click on the above link.

H is for HOLES

I WILL be returning to my first love soon, creating and sharing printables to help with our children’s visual learning needs.  I am especially leaning towards doing more with ASL and PEC-type boards and cards.  This week, I’m finishing up a long-term project that I’ll be sharing with you by Friday.  I would just say I’ll share it with you Friday, but I know I’ll want to share it the moment I have it finished, so I’m sticking to “by Friday.”

In the meantime . . .

This is the fun we had yesterday:

What better way to add the word “hole” to Noah’s vocabulary than to make holes, in holes! 

Activity:  Hole in a Hole Card

Supplies: 

  1. Hole punch
  2. Index card or brightly colored cardstock with the word “hole” written across it
  3. Self-adhesive hole reinforcement stickers (school/office supplies)

Directions: 

  1. Allow your child to peel off the reinforcement stickers and place them around the edge of the card.  Not only is peeling stickers fun for children, it is excellent fine motor practice.
  2. Give your child the hole punch and direct him to squeeze the hole punch to make holes in the centers of the stickers.   Make sure your child holds the hole punch in his dominant hand, and offer hand-over-hand assistance as needed.   You may also find your child needs you to hold the card for him, but make sure to start withdrawing assistance on both fronts when you suspect your child is ready.

This was the first time Noah has used a hole punch, and I was surprised by how quickly he progressed from wanting to use two hands to operate it, to accepting a little hand-over-hand assistance, to being able to punch the holes independently.  The hole punch is a great way to build up the musculature and coordination in your child’s hands, something so many of our special children need.  If you’re looking for fine motor skills work or occupational therapy that you can do at home, add this activity to the pile.

Extension Activity:  Hole punching can be used to reinforce all kinds of concepts.  I suggest you use cardstock as regular paper will be flimsy and harder to work with.   Does your child enjoy bingo dauber letters?  If you print and cut out the letters on cardstock, your child can use a hole punch where he would usually use a dauber.   You can also use a hole punch on some clothespin task cards.   Working on shapes?  Cut out shapes from cardstock and have your child punch holes around the perimeter, or use the self-adhesive reinforcements to add another dimension to fine motor work.

Whatever you do, be sure to use lots of repetitions of vocabulary like push, punch, squeeze, circles, holes, stickers.  After you are finished, make sure to go back and count holes with your child – just one more way to minimize your effort and maximize your child’s learning opportunities.