Welcome to the resources section of this site. It is still a work in progress and it will be added to and updated regularly. The main focus of the support ideas is on multisensory and fun ways of learning to read and spell. You can also look at the Remedial Teacher Support pinterest board.

 If you have a particularly good resource that you would like to share here, please email the link or document to info@remedialteachers.co.za.


IMG_8759 You can have 3 to 4 kids in a therapy group and each will get a block with all the letters. (A child can play individually and build more words) . This is a great segmenting and blending activity, two skills kids need to spell, read and write. Sourced from www.teach-me-mommy.com
ac6fd5eed8b98bd9876ecb367772436b   A simple spelling/ reading activity using counting blocks. Use a whiteboard marker which can be easily rubbed off the blocks.
Eliminate b/d reversals! Free workbook sourced from Bay Tree learning blog. LetterReversalsWorkbook
20d453c3acbc3b14a2c821b2775ca1b3 All kids love Lego! Use this wonderful toy as a reading development too by creating the shape of the word for the child to recognize (see example above)

bmtm-sightword-practice-box2-666x1024 A wonderful idea for individual remedial lessons! For more information on how to build the box, click  here

Visual perception, discrimination and visual motor integration

Visit ot-mom-learning-activities blog to get some great ideas on all the following skills that are essential to the process of reading.


Beginning Sound mats

Free colourful sound mats can be downloaded at themeasuredmom.com   Free printable activities click here

20111129-155102 A fun small group activity to practice sight word recognition. Simply write down a few of the weeks sight words onto paper, stick them on the Twister colours (see above). Place a set of words (in colour categories) into a bag. The teacher (a helper) can draw out a word at random. Or simply draw it out – see sample and instructions here Driveway twister

salt Make your own salt drawing tray. Simply paint the bottom of a box (beer box or a Rotatrim paper box). Add some salt and start writing. This is a lovely idea for multisensory learning.

untitled Using clay or play dough is a wonderful kinesthetic and tactile way of learning words. Alphabet-Playdough-Mats download
FREE-Long-A-Vowel-Pack-This-Reading-Mama Lovely downloadable worksheet packs from thisreadingmama.com

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Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Guest post by Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers.  – sourced from Here

Young children learn with hands-on exploration using their five senses and movement. Of course you want them to learn to read, but do their eyes glaze over when you try to interest them in flashcards? Children will enjoy learning letter sounds {phonics} through playful activities.   Reading is accomplished when a child understands to blend the sounds of the letters in a word. Many reading experts advocate teaching the sounds before letter names and teaching lower case letters before upper case because most print is in lower case. Learn Letter Sounds with Action Let’s use the example of trying to teach a child the letters in their name, such as Sam, starting with the letter S. Here are some ideas which will help with vocabulary, exercise and reading skills:

Indoor Actions

    • Sssssslither like a Sssssssnake while you hisssss
    • Move Slowly like a Sloth
    • Spin
    • Crawl like a Slimy Snail or Spider
    • Fly like a Seagull
    • Squeeze, Squash, and Stamp Scented playdough
    • Slump, Stomp, Slide your feet
    • Swim in the Sea
    • Do actions in patterns: Skip, Slide, Slither, Stomp

Indoor Activities

    • Draw a Snake for your child to cut with Scissors and decorate
    • Cut pictures from magazines or comics for a collage of S words
    • Scribble
    • Smell or taste jars: Sweet (perfume), Sour (pickles) and Salty (pretzels)
    • Sort or match Shapes and letters in child’s name
    • Have your child trace their name going over it with different colors calling it rainbow coloring
    • Eat alphabet Soup
    • Sing Songs
    • Label S words in your house with index cards
    • Cut out an S shape from fine Sandpaper. Cover it with Salt in a tub. Have your child find the letter and trace it.
    • Say the letter Sounds Slowly as you run your finger under their name – increasing in Speed. Children will enjoy imitating the Slow than faster pace combined with their movement of Sliding a toy car or train
    • Have your child take a bath with foam letters and hunt for the letters in their name

Outdoor Activities

    • Make Slime by mixing cornstarch ,water and a few drops of food coloring
    • Sidewalk chalk: Make a large-sized box letter of S and have your child trace it, lie down on top of the letter, and put S objects inside the letter.
    • Play in the Sprinkler
    • Play on a Slip-and-Slide
    • Plant Seeds
    • Make a Sandcastle
    • Take a walk. What do you See? What do you Smell? What feels Soft? Write the words down for reading later
    • Spaghetti paint: Throw wet spaghetti on a large piece of cardboard. Spaghetti can be colored Soaking it in water and a few drops of food coloring
    • Swatter paint: Use a flyswatter to paint with washable diluted paints on the driveway – or just paint with water

The baby is doing his first steps

Imaginary Play

  • Spiderman – Spins a web
  • Superman – make a cape with a towel or newspaper
  • Doctor or Veterinarian performing Surgery
  • Saddle Up, Cowboy!
  • Act Silly, act Serious


  • Make signs that say Stop and Go and yell out the actions
  • Blue’s Clues: Give your child clues to lead them to an object that begins with S
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt: Print out or draw some S words that you might find on the hunt and have your child cross words off the list as you find them. Some objects you might See:
    • Stop Sign
    • Swing
    • Slide
    • Skates
    • Scooter
    • Shoes
    • Socks
    • Sun
    • Sunglasses


Now it is time to be Still and read Green Eggs & Ham, having your child find the words Sam I Am. Run your finger under the words so that your child learns that reading is from top to bottom and from left to right. Children love picture dictionaries. Perhaps you can find one at a used book store and help them learn all the letters and sounds through similar playful activities.

Find More

Grab your free alphabet activity pack {including a set of colorful letter sound clip cards} here and then check out even more alphabet activities.

Go Fish
The goal is to collect more pairs of matching cards than anyone else. Children must read the sight word on the card they wish to play and be able to read the words that are requested by other players. It is another fun way to give children extensive exposure to a variety of sight words. Deal 5 cards to each player (7 cards each if there are only 2 players), then place the remaining cards face down in the middle of the circle formed by the players. All the players look at their cards but do not reveal them to each other. Player A takes the first turn. Player A selects one of her cards and reads the word on it out loud, moving her index finger from left to right underneath the letters as she reads. (An adult should demonstrate this reading technique at the start of the game to teach or remind children how best to read the word.) Player A then selects another player and asks him, “Player C, do you have any cards with the word BEFORE?” If Player C has a card with that word, he must say “Yes, I have a card with the word BEFORE,” and hand it to Player A, who then gets another turn. For “go fish” Dolch word printables, visit www.sightwords.com There are also wonderful, colourful printable pdf / word files for sight word games such as Fish at www.adrianbruce.com
Post-it sight scavenger hunt - find the letters to make the word!

Post-A-Word: A Sight Word Scavenger Hunt

Idea sourced from www.thisreadingmama.com To make – simply write out the letters of the sight words that you are covering this week onto various post-it notes. Then, place them around the classroom for the children to find. See pics below for examples. Post A Word-Sight Word Scavenger Hunt   hide post it notes around house   spelling sight words with post-it notes