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Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

VocabularySpellingCity provides teachers with appropriate materials to support students at every grade and developmental level, from the most basic word foundations to the most challenging language arts concepts. These tools can address the individual differences and needs of all Exceptional Student Education (ESE), or Special Education Students, from those with learning challenges to those with intellectual giftedness.

Versatile Learning Games

VocabularySpellingCity's versatile range of games allows ESE students to learn progressively, from handwriting, to spelling, to vocabulary, as well as sentence and paragraph writing:

  • Audio Word Match helps students make visual-auditory sensory connections.
  • FlashCards are customizable, interactive, and printable to facilitate memory retention.
  • Handwriting worksheets can be printed using your own words and font preferences to help students with print, cursive, and fine motor skills.
  • WhichWord instills comprehension of real-world applications of vocabulary words through definitions and contextual sentences.
  • Letterfall is particularly stimulating for students with focusing problems.
  • Word-O-Rama is well suited for gifted students as it shuffles the type of clues, from parts of speech to definitions, to sentences.

Multi-Sensory Learning and Adjustable Assignments

VocabularySpellingCity's interactive word lists offer students a multi-sensory learning experience. When a word is clicked, students see a spelling animation, hear each letter and the word spoken aloud, and listen to the word being used in a contextual sentence. The program makes it easy to differentiate instruction and adapt lessons to a particular ESE student's needs. Assignments can be adjusted in length or complexity to fit the needs of the student, and a student's favorite activities can be used to play, practice, and learn.

VocabularySpellingCity can ease the demands on a teacher by providing ESE students with the individual guidance that they require. With a premium account, you can personally assign lists and activities to each student. Learning differences addressed by ESE programs include Superior Intellectual Development (SIE), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Emotional or Behavioral Disorder (EBD), Intellectual Disability (InD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD), and speech or language impairments. Students with these conditions benefit from a personalized learning environment that cultivates their particular needs. In inclusion, ESE students are placed in a self-contained classroom for over 50% of the time. Other situations have ESE students pulled out of a mainstreamed classroom more often for individualized learning. In some instances, ESE students are taught on their own in a separate classroom or school. With the variety of needs that each ESE student has, VocabularySpellingCity can help to tailor each lesson accordingly in terms of level of complexity and interaction.

Integrated Classroom Pace

One of the biggest challenges in teaching in an integrated classroom setting is maintaining a pace that neither overwhelms some students nor bores others. Lecturing to a group of ESE students can be particularly challenging because of the various levels of learning speeds. This is where VocabularySpellingCity can help: the self-paced design and encouraging immediate responses are particularly well suited for ESE students, engaging them with colorful graphics and reassuring them with positive feedback.

Instruction and Student IEPs

The Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that ensures special education services meeting state requirements are provided to ESE students. Similarly, the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) requires that ESE students be accommodated and provided with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), designed collectively by the child's parents, teachers, and an ESE specialist. The annual plan assesses a student's needs and develops goals to meet those needs. VocabularySpellingCity can be an asset when included in an IEP, because it facilitates organization and assessment while providing enrichment that students get excited about. Whether they are high performing or learning disabled, exceptional students can thrive thanks to specially designed instruction that meets their unique needs.

"Your site is so versatile and useful. I can use parts of it for my lowest special ed students, and my students who are higher-functioning (my lab students) just love it! So do I!"
~B.P. - Teacher
 
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