Teaching Special Needs Students to Read -Essentials

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Let's face it. Teaching a student to read who has special needs is difficult.

You wonder whether you are enough.

Together we will help your little reader.

A confident reader LOVES to read.
When a child feels good about reading, they WANT TO READ MORE.

Let's help your little reader gain confidence.

All you need are 15 minutes a day,
the right tools and a little bit of fun.

We are here to help you.

You CAN teach your little reader!

We are here to help you.

Hi, I am Meeghan.  I wondered and worried if I could teach my little reader reader.   Sure I studied education in school, but, am I enough? Would I be able to reach her?  Would I be able to teach her?
And then it happened.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw that light bulb moment.  I knew that SHE KNEW THAT SHE WAS READING.   Her eyes got big, she started to grin.  She pointed to the words and read them confidently and eagerly.
“Do you want to read it again?”  I asked.

“Yes”, she nodded with a smile.
I can't wait to help YOU help your special needs student to read.  With the right tools, and a little bit of fun, your little reader will be reading in no time!

Meeghan Karle Mousaw, Sight and Sound Reading

Here is what moms and teachers have to say about our program.

Detailed lessons!

I have just begun using this program with my 3.5 year old son. He loves the bright colored pictures and the stories are interesting to him. The lesson plans are very detailed, which I appreciate since I have never taught young children before. Thank you!

Everything I need to help teach!

Excited to start this with my son at home. Thank you for spelling out everything I need to do to help him fully learn to read and comprehend!

Gaining confidence!

We LOVE your site! It has made my son excited about being able to read each page. At the end of the day, he takes his worksheet around reading it to everyone he sees!  He’s gaining so much confidence, which is amazing to see because he previously had such a bad self concept about reading. 

Morning Message Success!

"I am using this as a Morning Message in kindergarten. I love that it includes a lot of our sight words. The kids are really enjoying it and the kids are very proud of themselves for being able to read it. I love how it includes a variety of punctuation marks and the kids are learning to read with expression."

Experienced Teacher LOVE

"I have taught Kindergarten for 11 years. I came across this program last year and immediately loved it! It is so child-friendly, teacher-friendly, and perfectly aligned to our curriculum! It even includes a Reading Readiness Assessment, sight word flash cards, and step-by-step tutorials on how to use the resources. After beginning this program with my students i the middle of the year, I saw a huge growth in their word recognition and fluency. My End of Year scores for Reading were the highest they have ever been in my 11 years of teaching! I would highly recommend this program for all teachers who wants to see their students develop a love of reading!"

Beginning Readers feel proud!

"An excellent resource for beginning readers. I love how it covers word concept and correspondence. It covers so many topics for beginning readers. I can't wait to see the results on my beginning readers! Thanks."

Imagine being able to see the light bulb moment when your little reader KNOWS she can read and UNDERSTANDS what she reads.

Confident reader

You are enough. You can help your little reader gain confidence and learn to read.

Introducing....Teaching Special Needs Students to Read

Word for word directions to guide you and your reader to confidence.

How we help you...

First we give you explicit directions....

Teaching Special Needs Students to read

Teaching Special Needs Students to Read (Explicit Directions)

If you would like to help teach your student to read, this teacher's manual is a step by step guide -everything you need to know and do to help students to reading success. No prep needed, everything is completely scripted and easy! This teachers manual consists of 120 daily lessons that take about 15 minutes a day. The students learn new words to read each day. The sight words build upon themselves and the students gain confidence in reading, while learning sight words, phonics, and comprehension. This teacher's manual is a great supplement to classroom teaching. It is extremely successful with struggling readers.To use with struggling readers, just use this workbook each day for 15 minutes, doing as the lesson plans explain, and before you know it your struggling reader will be confident and eager to learn.

Next we give you fun tools to help reinforce concepts and build fluency.

Sight Word Practice Pages

630 pages in all!  Need a fun, interactive activity to help practice sight words? Great practice work for kindergarten, first grade, classroom or homeschool. Perfect for morning work, literacy centers, independent seat work, guided activities and homework!Each worksheet features one of the Dolch sight words. Students read, color, trace, write, spell,and write a sentence for each word.This Back to School has an apple and school bus themed worksheet for each sight word. This packet includes all Dolch sight words for each level -3 pictures for each including the nouns. There are over 630 pages in all!

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Beginning Sound Worksheets for Kindergarten

Beginning Sound Worksheets for Every Letter

Letter of the Week: BUNDLE -15 Activities/letter! (520 pages in all!)

This packet contains a bundle for each letter of the alphabet as well as a 'mini' cut and paste book for each letter of the alphabet. Each letter of the week packet contains 15 beginning sound worksheets including...

Letter Coloring Page with Upper case/lower case letter and things that start with the letter
A beginning sound mini book with 6 pages
A handwriting worksheet (with sign language on it too!)
Trace and write the word page
Color the Upper case W red, color the lower case W blue pages
Trace the Letter/Color the picture pages,
2 Handwriting worksheets for both upper/lower case letters
Color the Letter picture
Cut out the letter cutting practice
Read and draw a picture that starts with...
Cut and Paste upper case/lower case activity
Trace/write, cut/paste Color activity for beginning sounds

How to teach the alphabet- great thoughts from a kindergarten teacher.

How to Teach the Alphabet - Teacher's Manual and posters/coloring pages

Teaching the alphabet is easy with these 3 alphabet posters you can laminate and use in your classroom.

The Carousel Alphabet highlights the upper case letters, the lower case letters, the vowels, and the different printed/type font.

Upper case letters are printed above lower case letters.
Vowels have a pink background, consonants have a white background,
Different fonts for the letters a, g, I, J, and t that frequently confuse children are explicitly taught.

This alphabet highlights the three different types of “g”s that frequently confuse children it teaches the children that even though they look differently, they all sound (and are) the same. (Other letters that look differently are the “a”, the “I”, the “J”, and the “t”.

A step-by-step guide on how to teach confusing letters upper and lower case, and vowels and consonants is included.

There are three different alphabets included in this packet.

1) A simple learning alphabet without pictures. By introducing this alphabet first, the students are less confused and easily learn upper and lower case concepts, vowels and consonants, and the confusing fonts.
2) A colorful fun carousel alphabet – again with upper case letters higher than lower case letters, pink colored background for vowels and white color for consonants, and animals that highlight the different fonts of each letter that frequently confuse children.
3) A black and white carousel alphabet that children can color.

There are so many fun details and suggestions in this teachers manual and alphabet banner. For instance, on the letter c, there is a centipede that is crawling up the carousel. On the centipede are the letters ‘ce/ci/cy’ – this helps the students remember that when you see these letter combinations, the ‘c’ sounds like an ‘s’. The animals that help teach the letter ‘g’ are the giraffe and the goat -highlighting the different sounds a ‘g’ can make.

CVC Interactive Mini-books!

Help your students build fluency and vocabulary using these Short Vowel CVC Word Family Interactive Mini-books. Each CVC word family has 3 mini books for students to write/cut/paste/trace – you choose which to use!

Included in this are 8 Mini-books for the Short A CVC Word Families:
-at word family minibook and book (cat, hat, rat, bat, sat, mat)
-ar word family minibook and book(car, bar, jar)
-ap word family minibook and book(nap, map, cap, tap, gap, sap)
-ad word family minibook and book(glad, dad, pad, sad, mad, bad, fad)
-an word family minibook and book(pan, fan, can, man, van)
-am word family minibook and book(ham, jam, ram, yam)
-ag word family minibook and book(bag, rag, tag, wag)

Short E CVC Word Family Minibooks
-en word family minibook and book(pen, hen, ten, den, men)
-eg word family minibook and book(leg, beg, peg)
-et word family minibook and book(jet, pet, wet, vet, net)
-ed word family minibook and book(red, wed, fed, bed)
-eb word family minibook and book(web)

Short I CVC Word Family Minibooks
-ib word family minibook and book(bib)
-id word family minibook and book(kid, lid)
-ig word family minibook and book(pig, fig, wig, dig)
-in word family minibook and book(bin, fin, win, pin, tin)
-ip word family minibook and book(zip, lip, rip, dip)
-it word family minibook and book (sit, kit, pit)

Short O CVC Word Family Minibooks
-ob word family minibook and book(sob, cob)
-od word family minibook and book(rod, pod)
-og word family minibook and book(dog, frog, hog, log)
-op word family minibook and book(cop pop, top, mop, hop)
-ot word family minibook and book(cot, hot, pot, dot)

Short U CVC Word Family Minibooks
-ub word family minibook and book(cub, sub, tub)
-ud word family minibook and book(mud, bud)
-ug word family minibook and book(mug, jug, rug, hug)
-um word family minibook and book(gum, hum)
-un word family minibook and book(run, sun, bun, nun)
-up word family minibook and book(pup, cup)
-up word family minibook and book(cut, hut, nut)

Each mini book has 2 pages (you only need one for each minibook), but there are 2 choices to choose from… one the students can trace the word family words, and in the other the student can sound out the word family words.

Also included is a larger mini-book for each of the word families that the students can trace, write, draw, and cut/paste and have fun with CVC Short Vowel Word Families!

Great phonics practice to build fluency and vocabulary!

Short Vowel word family books: A bundle of mini-books to help teach short vowel word families
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Word Ladder Teacher's Manual
Teachers use Word Ladders to teach and reinforce letter patterns and rhyming, through writing and repetition. This document contains 53 word ladders, as well as word riddles and questions for each word ladder to help strengthen vocabulary development. The riddles and questions encourage children to think about the meaning of the words, as they use them in learning to read. The word ladders will help children eliminate phonetic frustration, and help build their phonics skills, spelling confidence and self esteem. Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading Program™ offers FREE resources to help teach, strengthen and reinforce reading skills. Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading Program™ creatively teaches the 250 basic sight words -the words found in 80% of what children read – along with teaching and reinforcing of PHONICS, spelling, punctuation and comprehension

Sight Word Book Bundle
Guided Reading/Literacy Centers/Balanced Literacy…. AWESOME Sight word books to read along with your students, OR, have them read and work on all by themselves.
Included in this bundle are 8 sight word books – each in color and in black/white:
One Red Hat
The Stop Light
I See
The Big Train
Play, Play, Play! (Great for a snow day!)
Monkey See, Monkey Do! (Great to get students moving!)
A Happy Tree (Great to keep students busy)
All Play Ball (Great for spring!)

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Finally, we have extra bonuses to help you add the fun!

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Bonus #1

Interactive Sight Word Fluency Books

Help your students achieve sight word fluency with these fun and rigorous Sight Word Mini-books. Students can color, trace, write, build, use your finger to drive over the word, cut/paste build each sight word. This is a fantastic fun during literacy centers! All Dolch Sight words from pre-primer through level 3 are included.

Bonus #2

An Entire Year of Differentiated Writing Prompts!

Writing Prompts made easy! An entire school year of writing prompts for each holiday and special occasion. Great for many levels and abilities of students, children will love writing during centers, individual work, or, with your help! 

Who is it for?

* Pre-K
* Kindergarteners (5 to 6-year-olds)
* 1st Graders (6 to 7-year-olds)
* 2nd Graders, (7 to 8-year-olds)
* Homeschoolers
* Teachers
* Students with special needs or learning disabilities


What's included?
* 24 Writing Prompt packets to get you through the School year
* Each packet has 60+ pages
* 15 Writing Prompts in each packet
* 4 different pages for each writing prompt - for different levels of learners... 1 page for the students to draw (pre-writing), 1 page for student who can both draw and write, 1 page that has 2 half sheet prompts and 1 page just for writing. 

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Handwriting Workshetet Pack

Bonus #3

Handwriting Worksheets

This packet contains over 390 Handwriting Worksheet Pages. There are 15 different handwriting packets with the entire alphabet of pages...so there are over 390 pages of handwriting fun! I also included a pre-handwriting packet as well as an early cutting skills packet. 

All you need to do is follow the formula for reading success and confidence....

Formula for Reading Success

Here is how you can make it happen!

The Essential Toolkit

$99
$49
  • Explicit Directions
  • Sight Word Worksheets
  • Beginning Sound Worksheets
  • CVC Mini-books
  • Word Family Teacher's Manual
  • Alphabet Teacher's Manual
  • BONUS: Sight Word Fluency Books
  • BONUS: Writing Prompts for a School Year
  • BONUS: Handwriting Worsheet Pack
  • September Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • October Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • November Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • December Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • January Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • February Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • March Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • April Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • Crafts for every letter
  • Book list for every letter
  • Book activities and worksheets for every letter

The Platinum Toolkit

$179
$59
  • Explicit Directions
  • Sight Word Worksheets
  • Beginning Sound Worksheets
  • CVC Mini-books
  • Word Family Teacher's Manual
  • Alphabet Teacher's Manual
  • BONUS: Sight Word Fluency Books
  • BONUS: Writing Prompts for a School Year
  • BONUS: Handwriting Worsheet Pack
  • September Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • October Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • November Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • December Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • January Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • February Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • March Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • April Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • Crafts for every letter
  • Book list for every letter
  • Book activities and worksheets for every letter

Kindergarten Teacher teaching reading

I work with TK students that have hearing loss but use cochlear implants and hearing aids. So they use listening and spoken language to communicate. The sight and sound program is perfect for my students. They enjoy the pictures with the text too!  The printouts they take home and practice with their parents. New words we write on index cards and they flip through those as well.

 
My colleague discovered your program after some research and turned me on to it. She teaches Kinder and 1st grade. We work with all levels of reading so it's perfect.
 
Thank you!! Your resources are positively impacting  our students' literacy skills and for that I am grateful. 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

The Essential Toolkit

$99
$49
  • Explicit Directions
  • Sight Word Worksheets
  • Beginning Sound Worksheets
  • CVC Mini-books
  • Word Family Teacher's Manual
  • Alphabet Teacher's Manual
  • BONUS: Sight Word Fluency Books
  • BONUS: Writing Prompts for a School Year
  • BONUS: Handwriting Worsheet Pack
  • September Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • October Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • November Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • December Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • January Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • February Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • March Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • April Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • Crafts for every letter
  • Book list for every letter
  • Book activities and worksheets for every letter

The Platinum Toolkit

$179
$59
  • Explicit Directions
  • Sight Word Worksheets
  • Beginning Sound Worksheets
  • CVC Mini-books
  • Word Family Teacher's Manual
  • Alphabet Teacher's Manual
  • BONUS: Sight Word Fluency Books
  • BONUS: Writing Prompts for a School Year
  • BONUS: Handwriting Worsheet Pack
  • September Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • October Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • November Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • December Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • January Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • February Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • March Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • April Monthly Bundle of Fun
  • Crafts for every letter
  • Book list for every letter
  • Book activities and worksheets for every letter