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Joanne Gibbins

Math and reading – keeping up with Clicker

August 31, 2021

After the challenges of the past year, many students need additional support to ensure they don’t fall behind in reading and math. It’s not necessarily about catching up, but rather about finding out where children are and giving them the necessary “stepping stones” to facilitate their progress in learning.

How can Clicker help? A great starting point is to head to our Story Corner category on LearningGrids. Children are sure to find something of interest – whether that’s traditional stories, myths and legends, or even Planet Wobble stories. If it’s nonfiction texts you’re after, try our Find Out and Write About collection of linked reading and writing grids on a range of geography, history, and science topics. Or simply choose Clicker Books in the Clicker Resources list on the LearningGrids home page. You’ll be offered a list of hundreds of books on many different topics and aimed at many different abilities.

The great thing about many of our Clicker Books is the level of support built-in as part of Clicker itself and also with follow-up support activities so that students can actively consolidate their learning.

With our Clicker Books, use the speaker button to hear the text on the page read aloud. (Click/tap it again at any point to stop). This is a great way of encouraging children to be independent in their reading. You might be sharing the book on-screen with a whole class, or why not have children read the text themselves. When they get stuck, they can click/tap on any word to have that word read aloud - another great way of encouraging children to take those small next steps in becoming independent (and confident) readers. With many of our Clicker “Read a Book” sets, we also offer “Read It Yourself” versions, which are designed to encourage children to read themselves (no microphone button is offered, although this can very easily be added if required).

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Students can consolidate and reinforce their learning from these books by using any of the follow-up resources as appropriate – for example, they may want to retell the story or talk about what they have read. Or they can tackle different writing tasks based on the text with varying levels of difficulty – from simple sentence building through to topic Word Banks.

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While our main focus is literacy, we are still able to offer some curriculum resources for math. This very much follows the format as for the books above, and with all the support features of Clicker. From simple Counting Books and follow-up activities, to reading about fractions and tackling an equivalent fractions matching activity.

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Clicker is such a versatile program which can be used across the school. And with children presenting so many differing needs after the disruption to learning, a program like Clicker, which can be so uniquely personalized to their individual requirements, is a fantastic investment.

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