Open Syllable Anchor Chart
I love anchor charts! I am a big believer in providing visual anchors for our students. While I know that all students benefit from a visual cue, it is our impacted students or students with dyslexia that need this resource made available to them.
Since the dyslexic brain processes pictures or images faster and easier than letters and words, a visual cue or image can do so much to help cement information to their memory. Funny story: In my intervention office, I had anchor charts for each syllable type hanging up in different locations of my office. They were all at the same height, but they spanned all 4 walls. During state testing, I had to take down all anchor charts, word walls, etc. You teachers know the drill! Anyways, as I was proctoring the writing assessment for some of my students, I noticed that at different times they would look up at the walls as if they were gleaning information from the blank space. It was so puzzling. Following the test, I asked them about it assuming it was just think time and helped to look at a blank state. The students confirmed that they rememered which anchor charts hung in certain spots and if the could look at that spot, it helped them visualize the syllable/sound information or spelling cue that was on that anchor chart! How cool is that! They were totally using their visual memory and relying on that visual cue - even in its absence! This really drove home the power of anchor charts to me!
In addition to using these as large anchor charts in your classroom or office, I encourage you to shrink them down to the size of an index card. This will make them fit nicely on a ring. You can keep this handy at your reading table, give to students to use if they head to the hallway or another room to work on a reading/writing assignment, or to carry in your bag if you are a traveling interventionist.
This week we are sharing the Open Syllable anchor chart. Remember, when the vowel isn't trapped by a consonant it is free to go for a long run and say it's long name. If that consonant is missing, the door is open! If you didn't catch our blog on Open Syllables earlier this week, you can find it here!