See and Learn First Written Words
See and Learn First Written Words provides guidance and resources to help children with Down syndrome learn to read 16 familiar written words and to develop their understanding and use of 34 phrases containing two 'key' words.
See and Learn First Written Words is the second step in the See and Learn Language and Reading program. It introduces 16 written words selected from the vocabulary learned in See and Learn First Word Pictures and incorporates them into a series of simple 'books' presenting variations of two 'key' word phrases.
See and Learn First Written Words teaches reading to support language development. It teaches reading to promote the understanding and use of two 'key' words together in phrases. This pack is designed to be completed alongside See and Learn More Word Pictures which teaches additional vocabulary beyond that introduced in See and Learn First Pictures.
The next step in the See and Learn Language and Reading program is See and Learn First Sentences, which is designed for children who have completed both See and Learn First Written Words and See and Learn More Word Pictures.
What activities are included?
See and Learn First Written Words includes guidance and resources to support four teaching activities:
- Matching words
- Selecting words
- Naming words
- Matching phrases to pictures
Who is the kit suitable for?
See and Learn First Written Words is designed for use with young children with Down syndrome who understand more than 50 single words and who are able to match pictures. Children who have completed See and Learn First Word Pictures will have achieved these milestones.
Why might these activities help children with Down syndrome?
Speech and language development is a specific area of difficulty for children with Down syndrome. Structured support for language learning can help improve language skills. In particular, research suggests:
- Children who have Down syndrome find it difficult to learn language just from listening to it.
- Children who have Down syndrome are likely to benefit from a structured approach to vocabulary teaching in addition to learning language through quality natural interaction. A structured approach provides opportunities for repetition. Research tells us that the expressive language outcomes for a group of children who have Down syndrome increased when targeted words are repeated in 'set up' routines and play.
- Children who have Down syndrome are likely to have a relative strength in their visual processing skills, and are often able to learn to read at a young age. Reading games provide visual support to create opportunities for learning single words, for joining words together, for practicing grammar and for developing awareness of the sounds in words.
- Children who have Down syndrome can benefit from an 'errorless learning' approach to teaching new skills. This involves providing just enough support to help the child achieve at a slightly higher level than he/she can achieve independently, which allows the child to learn, whilst still being successful. This enables the child to build up a learning history of success, leading to greater competence and motivation to learn.
See and Learn First Written Words is based on what we know about how children learn to read written words. Learning to read written words opens a gateway for learning about the world and can provide a great source of pleasure for all children.
What resources are provided?
The kit includes everything you need to help a child work through the recommended activities. A guidebook explains the activities and how to progress through them. A records booklet enables you to track progress and identify when to move to the next activity. The materials provided include 9 short phrase booklets, and picture, word and phrase cards, together with word phrase picture matching boards. The kit is provided in a plastic storage box.
- See and Learn First Written Words - Guide
- See and Learn First Written Words - Records Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - 16 Picture and Word Cards
- See and Learn First Written Words - 16 Word Cards
- See and Learn First Written Words - Brushing Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Sleeping Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Drinking Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Sitting Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Washing Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Eating Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Whose Ball? Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Where is Dolly? Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - Where is Teddy? Booklet
- See and Learn First Written Words - 20 Phrase Cards
- See and Learn First Written Words - 20 Phrase Picture Matching Boards
- See and Learn First Written Words - 4 Word Matching Boards
About See and Learn
See and Learn teaching programs offer step-by-step guidance and materials to support early learning activities designed for children with Down syndrome and other children with similar learning needs. Developed by Down Syndrome Education International and Down Syndrome Education USA, the See and Learn programs offer practical, targeted and evidence-based approaches to promote the development of language, reading, speech, memory and number skills.