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Instructional Materials

Pre-School through Grade 2

Braidy the StoryBraid™ is an emergent literacy instructional tool – a child-sized puppet – that is the early childhood version of the Story Grammar Marker®. Braidy is used to support narrative development in young children. The goal of Braidy, the StoryBraid™ is to foster the oral language development necessary for young children’s skills in listening & reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking and social-emotional growth. Braidy creates an explicit awareness of the parts of a story and the interrelationships among the parts as well as developing use of literate language features. It can be used with students from Pre-School through grade 2, in regular education settings as well as those working with children with language learning disabilities, English Language Learners, children with ASD and those who have been victims of trauma, neglect and/or abuse. CLICK OUR BRAIDY THE STORYBRAID™ WORKSHOPS TO LEARN MORE.

The Braidy the StoryBraid™ Kit includes:

PURCHASE Braidy the StoryBraid™ HERE, or to purchase items separately and to explore our store.

Grade 3- Grade 5

Story Grammar Marker® is for narrative development: re-telling, telling, writing and comprehending stories. The SGM® incorporates MindWing’s patented icons to give children a visual, kinesthetic tool for help with “WH” Story Grammarquestions and common graphic organizers. The SGM® delves into the “why” question: motivations, feelings, plans – all necessary for the development of critical thinking skills. This colorful, hands-on tool enables children to externalize the macrostructure of the story so they can concentrate on literate language features (microstructure). It can be used with students from second to fifth grade, in regular education settings as well as those working with children with language learning disabilities, English Language Learners, children with ASD and those who have been victims of trauma, neglect and/or abuse. CLICK OUR STORY GRAMMAR MARKER® WORKSHOPS TO LEARN MORE.

The Story Grammar Marker® Kits include:

PURCHASE the Story Grammar Marker® Kit HERE , or to purchase items separately and to explore our store.

Grade 2 – Grade 7

Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ is a critical intervention necessary for the development of oral language and literacy skills as they relate to teaching writing. Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ (TTW, WTL™) was designed for use within your existing writing program to develop the oral language skills necessary as a foundation for writing of Talk to Write, Write to Learn both narrative and expository text. It was also designed to develop the writing skills necessary for success in content area subjects such as science and social studies. “A Day In the Park” Student Activity Booklet is the hands-on, activity-based approach of TTW, WTL™. The Booklet contains self-paced activities and art that instruct students in the beginning stages of narrative development and writing. TTW, WTL™ helps children strengthen the relationship among oral language, comprehension and writing. It can be used with students from grades two through six, in regular education settings as well as those working with children with language learning disabilities, English Language Learners, children with ASD and those who have been victims of trauma, neglect and/or abuse. CLICK OUR TALK TO WRITE, WRITE TO LEARN WORKSHOPS TO LEARN MORE.

The Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ Kit includes:

PURCHASE Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ Kit HERE, or to purchase items separately and to explore our store.

Middle and High School

(may be used for younger grades as well if instruction and intervention in content areas is needed)

ThemeMaker® is a uniquely designed approach to help students visualize, organize, comprehend and write non-fiction/informational material. This workshop focuses on high level narratives (novels/chapter books) and content Theme Makerarea (expository) text (ie. Social Studies and/or Science). ThemeMaker® focuses on the 7 primary expository text structures: description, listing, sequencing, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast and persuasion. ThemeMaker® helps to develop students’ skills in comprehension, writing, perspective-taking, conflict resolution, problem solving and “making connections.” It can be used with children in late-elementary school through high school in regular education settings as well as those working with children with language learning disabilities, English Language Learners, children with ASD and those who have been victims of trauma, neglect and/or abuse. CLICK OUR THEMEMAKER® WORKSHOPS TO LEARN MORE.

The ThemeMaker® Kit includes:

PURCHASE the ThemeMaker® Kit HERE, or to purchase items separately and to explore our store.

MindWing’s Data Collection & Progress Monitoring Process: Linking MindWing’s Tools To the Teaching-Learning Cycle. Along with MindWing’s tools such as The SGM®, Braidy®, Talk to Write, Write to Learn™ and The ThemeMaker®, our Data Collection and Progress Monitoring Process provides the intervention necessary for oral language development, comprehension, writing, critical thinking, and pragmatics. With states mandating Response-to-Intervention initiatives and the necessity of schools to make AYP now, more than ever, there is a strong focus on tracking student progress & collecting data to inform instruction. It is the analysis, interpretation and use of the data that will ultimately make the difference for the child!

These assessment/data collection/progress monitoring tools will add to your language sampling toolbox, thus strengthening your expertise in making connections between language assessment and the language/literacy applications required for academic and social success in the general education classroom. The process can be used with children in pre-K through high school in regular education settings as well as those working with children with language learning disabilities, English Language Learners, children with ASD and those who have been victims of trauma, neglect and/or abuse. CLICK OUR MINDWING’S DATA COLLECTION AND PROGRESS MONITORING PROCESS™ WORKSHOPS TO LEARN MORE.

MindWing’s Data Collection & Progress Monitoring Process™: Linking MindWing’s Tools To the Teaching-Learning Cycle Set Includes:

East Meets West Volumes I and II

East Meets West™ Volumes I & II are guides for the implementation of evidence-based clinical intervention for students who have language and reading disabilities. The authors, Maryellen Rooney Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP of MindWing Concepts and Judy K. Montgomery, PhD, CCC-SLP of Chapman University took 22 picture story books and analyzed each book for theme, narrative structure, expository text features, phonological sensitivity skills, vocabulary and aspects of cultural influence. Each book or author is on the recommended lists for California or Massachusetts, hence the title, East Meets West™. East Meets West™ guides educators through aural/oral activities using quality children’s literature as a base and by:

“Books can be created in many ways. These books came to life when we, two speech/language pathologists (Judy from California and Maryellen from Massachusetts), met one another in Dallas, Texas. We both look out onto different oceans at home, yet surprisingly we had many common experiences. Sitting on a pair of rocking chairs on a wooden porch at the end of a long day, we began talking. We talked about books, communication, language and literacy. That conversation quickly brought to light our mutual LOVE for helping children, and the educators who touch their lives. Here we were, "smack dab" in the middle of the country discovering our ideas and passion for education were merging with amazing speed and energy--just like a cross country highway! At the same time, each of our states was launching a huge reading initiative, and we knew we had a part to play in it. We were in the middle of the country and we were linking East and West. A book was born. We hope our passion helps you further yours.”

~ Judy K. Montgomery’s comment on East Meets West™

Children’s Literature analyzed in East Meets West™ Volume I:

East Meets West Volume 1
Miss Nelson is Missing
Gingerbread Baby
The Wednesday Surprise
Big Al
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
The Boy Who Was Followed Home
Stephanie’s Ponytail
On Mother’s Lap
Horton Hatches the Egg

Children’s Literature analyzed in East Meets West™ Volume II:

East Meets West Volume 2 Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The Wall
Molly’s Pilgrim
The Star Spangled Banner
I Have A Dream
Some Birthday!
It’s My Birthday
Nice Try Tooth Fairy
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
The Spider and the Fly
Swimmy

PURCHASE East Meets West™ Volumes I & II HERE, or to purchase other items separately and to explore our store.

The Autism Collection

“This new product MindWingConcepts’ Autism Collection contains a multitude of sequenced, concrete lessons that illuminate how to help our students learn to think critically while decoding, reading or participating in a social interaction. These same tools are then demonstrated to encourage more accurate narrative language for use in conversation and written expression. These products serve not only to teach the student, but also enhance the teacher and/or parent’s understanding of this deeper process of Social Thinking so the lessons can continue in “real time,” outside the pages of these books. I find the simplicity of Maryellen Rooney Moreau’s work –teaching abstract concepts using concrete ideas and methods -simply inspirational!”

-Michelle Garcia Winner, MA CCC-SLP

http://www.socialthinking.com

MindWing’s NEW Autism Collection uses the Story Grammar Marker® and Narrative Development to help children with verbal organization, writing, expression & recognition of feelings, Perspective-Taking, Theory of Mind, Oral Language, Cause-Effect, Inference, Problem Solving, Planning, Sentence Structure, Consequence and more!

The Collection includes:

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