Tag Archives: Reading Comprehension

Sue Buckley Conference

I’ve got a million things going on and wish I could post all of them. Just wanted to share I went to a Sue Buckley (Down Syndrome Education International – http://www.dseusa.org/en/us/) conference over the weekend in Austin, and I’m very excited about their new Reading and Language Intervention program. The seminar was focused on kids aged 5-11, and Noah (6 – Down syndrome) seems to be at the PERFECT stage for starting it.

For those of you familiar with their See and Learn materials, this seems to be the next step and a very well-rounded program with both a reading strand and a language strand. At the conference, I was also introduced to an iPad app that is based on their methodology and even uses the same pictures as are used in the See and Learn Program. The app is called Special Words – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/special-words/id451723454?mt=8. If you are already using their materials, I recommend the app. We’ve played around some with See and Learn, but I didn’t feel that Noah was ready for it.  I think he is ready for it now, and I let him use the app tonight.  He was matching the correct word to the correct picture on his second try through the steps.   I suspect he had memorized the placement of the pictures and he wasn’t truly sight reading, but even so it means he was remembering the placement of four items from screen to screen.  I’m eager to play around a bit with the app and see just how much I can manipulate it.  Exciting possibilities.

There is a lot of matching in these programs, and I have found that many children with Down syndrome are very good at matching.  One thing Ms. Buckley emphasized is the importance of comprehension as children are learning to read, be it through this or any other program.  As that was one of my earlier concerns about this methodology, I am encouraged that this may be a very solid program that could help our kids.

If you are in the San Antonio area, you should know this program is being piloted in several public schools in San Antonio.  If you hear a buzz about a new reading program – this is it!  Very exciting.

I’ll have more about the Reading and Language Intervention program as soon as I get the manual and start implementing it with Noah.  I’m a bit cautious with these new programs, but I have to say hearing Ms. Buckley speak and seeing not only the reading strand but also the language strand definitely got my attention and got me hopeful there is something in it for Noah.

So many changes for Noah in the next few months.  I’m either chasing rainbows or passionately pursuing the very best for my courageous kid.

Which one is it?

I’d love to hear from you.

The Napping House

I first heard about The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood when our local librarian read it for preschool story time.  When I decided to do an Around the House preschool theme, I knew we HAD to include this book.

Luckily I’m not the only one who loves this book.  I found some cute line drawings of the characters on-line.  I colored them, laminated them, stuck magnet tape on the back of them and Noah laid each character on a cookie sheet in the order we got to them in the book.  Fun!


I love using books for sequencing activities because Noah attends to the story so much better if he has something in front of him he is using to follow along with.  Sequencing is one of those preschool concepts that is foundational for so much learning.  To follow directions, you must understand sequencing; to comprehend a story, you must understand sequencing; to understand science concepts and cause and effect, you must understand sequencing; even math involves sequencing.


Here is a link to the free The Napping House printables over at www.kizclub.comhttp://www.kizclub.com/storypatterns/napping.pdf

We found lots of other Napping House activities over at Totally Tots:  http://totallytots.blogspot.com/search?q=napping+house.

Find and Seek PEC Board – School Bus

I happened to pick up a copy of School Bus by Donald Crews at the thrift store.  Talk about a treasure!!!!  There are so many activities I can use this book to springboard from, activities involving colors, shapes, sizes, etc.  It is a perfect book for my first Find and Seek board (directions here).

I typically shy away from creating printables for specific story books, because not many of us have the time or the funds to purchase every book we find an activity for.  Plus, if you’re like me, by the time the book arrived in the mail from Amazon, you’d probably have lost all the materials you had prepared for it.  Many of the PECs for School Bus are common items that you will find in a variety of children’s books.  So if you can’t get your hands on a copy of School Bus, look through another school bus book, or any children’s book for that matter, and only use the PECs you find matches for.

Here is the Find and Seek PEC Board for School Bus by Donald Crews.

I couldn’t get the colors right for a few of the PECs, so after you print them off, color the orange truck, brown car and orange garbage truck in with marker.