See and Learn Sentences 1
See and Learn Sentences 1 is designed to help children with Down syndrome learn to read, understand and to use longer sentences when talking. It teaches new vocabulary, sight words, new ways to combine words to express ideas, and some of the first rules of grammar. See and Learn Sentences 1 uses printed words and sentences to provide a concrete and visual representation of language concepts to support the development of spoken language skills.
See and Learn Sentences 1 is the seventh step in See and Learn Language and Reading, an evidence-based teaching programme designed to meet the specific needs of children with Down syndrome and children with similar learning disabilities.
See and Learn Sentences 1 builds on the skills taught in the earlier See and Learn Vocabulary and See and Learn Phrases steps to help children with Down syndrome to progress from using single words and simple phrases to using longer sentences, and to help them continue to learn new vocabulary and sight words.
See and Learn Sentences 1 teaches grammar rules, sight words and new vocabulary with graded reading books, picture and word matching and selecting, and sentence building activities. The teaching activities build on the children's relative strengths in visual processing, advance in small steps and offer lots of opportunities for practice and consolidation.
See and Learn Sentences 1 can be used to support activities recommended in the Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) when working with beginning readers.
Content and teaching activities
See and Learn Sentences 1 includes a series of 25 carefully structured and graded, short reading books that present new vocabulary, sight words and grammar rules. New vocabulary and sight words are taught and rehearsed using familiar matching and selecting activities. Word order and grammar rules are presented in reading books and practised in a sentence building activity.
See and Learn Sentences 1 teaches useful carrier phrases, using them to introduce new vocabulary. These include "I am…", "I like…", "Here is…", "Look at" and "This is…". New vocabulary is presented in themes including mealtimes, animals, home and school. The reading books also introduce longer sentences (agent-action-object) and present grammar rules, including personal pronouns (he/she/they), plural -s, and is/are.
See and Learn Sentences 1 includes 10 teaching activities:
- Reading Books
- Matching Pictures
- Selecting Pictures
- Naming Pictures
- Matching Sight Words
- Selecting Sight Words
- Reading Sight Words
- Understanding Sight Words
- Understanding Sentences
- Building Sentences
New vocabulary is presented in themes including mealtimes, animals, home and school. The reading books also introduce longer sentences (agent-action-object) and present grammar rules, including personal pronouns (he/she/they), plural -s, and is/are.
See and Learn Sentences 1 includes 25 reading books: "Outside", "How do you feel?", "The body", "What do you like?", "Look at the animals", "At home", "Here is", "Girls and boys", "What are you doing?", "What do you like doing?", "Where are they?", "I like eating and drinking", "What is different?", "At breakfast", "What are they doing?", "What are the animals doing?", "The animals are eating and drinking", "Look at the girl and the boy", "Look at the lady and the man", "Look at the girls and the boys", "Hello Tom", "Good night Emma", "They are eating and drinking", "At lunch", "Good morning Emma".
Vocabulary and sight words
See and Learn Sentences 1 teaches the following vocabulary and sight words: a, am, an, and, animals, are, arm, asleep, at, awake, bath, bathroom, bear, bed, bedroom, bee, big, bike, bird, blanket, blowing, book, books, bottle, boy, boys, breakfast, brushing, bucket, building, bus, cake, cakes, car, carrots, cereal, chocolate, clean, climbing, clock, cold, comb, cooking, cow, cows, crayon, dancing, dirty, dog, dogs, door, drawing, drinking, dry, eating, egg, elephant, elephants, Emma, empty, eyes, face, fish, floor, foot, frog, full, garden, gate, girl, girls, Good, grapes, grass, hand, happy, He, head, Hello, Here, home, horse, horses, hot, house, hugging, hungry, hurt, I, ice-cream, in, inside, is, juice, jumping, kicking, kitchen, knife, lady, leaf, leg, like, lion, lions, little, Look, lunch, man, milk, moon, morning, mouse, mouth, muffins, night, nose, on, orange, outside, owl, painting, pancakes, park, peas, pillow, pizza, playing, pool, puzzle, rabbit, rabbits, rain, reading, riding, rock, running, sad, sand, sandwich, sandwiches, sausage, sausages, school, She, sheep, shirt, singing, sky, sleeping, snow, soup, spider, splashing, sun, swimming, teeth, the, The, They, thirsty, This, throwing, tiger, tigers, tired, toast, Tom, toy, toys, walking, washing, water, wet, writing
Designed to support RLI
The Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) is an evidence-based programme designed to teach reading and language skills in daily intervention sessions at school. See and Learn Sentences 1 can be used support reading and language activities in RLI intervention sessions with children who are at the early stages of developing their reading skills. The reading books in See and Learn Sentences 1 are graded from levels 2 to 8 on the RLI book grading scheme.
See and Learn Sentences 1 is suitable for children who:
- understand at least 150 words
- can say or sign at least 60 of the words that they understand
- use some two keyword phrases when talking (or signing)
Children who have completed the activities in See and Learn Vocabulary 1, 2 and 3 and in See and Learn Phrases 1, 2 and 3 will be ready to start the activities in See and Learn Sentences 1.
How to buy
We anticipate the See and Learn Sentences 1 app for iPads to be available later in January. Versions for Android and Windows devices will follow later in the year.
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Combining vocabulary, sight words and grammar teaching
See and Learn Sentences 1 integrates the teaching of new vocabulary with the teaching of sight words and grammar in the context of book reading. It therefore includes what was previously planned for multiple steps in our See and Learn Sentences and See and Learn Vocabulary series.
To introduce vocabulary in themes and to offer sufficient opportunities for practice and repetition, and in order to teach and rehearse a variety of grammar rules, See and Learn Sentences 1 includes substantially more books, sight words and vocabulary picture cards than earlier steps in the See and Learn Language and Reading programme. See and Learn Sentences 1 teaches around three times the number of words than previous See and Learn Vocabulary steps and around three times the number of sight words than previous See and Learn Phrases steps.