I’m a trained special education teacher. Every lesson I create focuses on hands-on, interactive instruction. Here is a free printable phonics and spelling chart I developed to teach all of the basic phonics sounds, syllable and spelling patterns, using a color ‘code’. When teaching Montessori, I developed this color coding system to teach spelling and phonics. I’ve used color coding very successfully with adult education students also.
Click here for a free printable PDF of my basic color coding chart. Click here for detailed lesson plans using this Color coding chart in my article Teach Phonics and Spelling Patterns With Color. For more in-depth and comprehensive lesson plans using my Color Coding chart, visit my teacher webpage at Teachers Pay Teachers.
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Color coding works beautifully for learning disabled students, special needs students, developmentally disabled, cognitively impaired students, students with perceptual issues, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder) students and especially ‘Aspie’ children with Asperger’s Syndrome. What’s so unique about Color Coding? Our English language has some pretty weird and confusing phonics patterns and rules. Phonics is difficult for many non academically challenged students; for the poor child trying to cope with a learning disability, learning to read is overwhelming.
In my Color Coding system, I’ve identified each of the syllable patterns, spelling patterns and letter combinations and given them each a separate color. Students use this chart to ‘color code’ their reading, phonics and spelling words. Color Coding gives students a method of decoding words.
Special education also teaches using many different modalities. Color coding with phonics and spelling addresses the needs of the visual learner and even to some extent the tactile-kinesthetic learner. Color coding is fun, interactive and educational. For more hands-on lesson plans, visit my blogs listed at the side of this article.