Supporting Foundational Learners: The Power of Basic Learner Skills

In the realm of special education, providing tailored learning experiences for foundational learners is one of our superpowers. One valuable resource that can greatly benefit special education teachers, service providers and parents alike is the Easy Matching Workbooks – Community Helpers. These workbooks offer an engaging and effective way to help foundational learners grasp the concept of nouns, connect them with specific places they may have to visit, and familiarize themselves with the tools used by various community helpers. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous benefits of using Easy Matching Workbooks – Community Helpers in supporting the these concepts with foundational learners!

Enhancing Vocabulary and Language Skills

For foundational learners, building vocabulary and language skills is a crucial aspect of their development.  If we think about the standards they are faced with in literacy, expanding vocabulary and generalizing it the world around our students is truly necessary. These books provide a visually stimulating and structured approach to introduce different nouns associated with community helpers (in this specific themed book). With clear illustrations, these workbooks facilitate the understanding of vocabulary related to occupations. By matching the correct noun with the respective community helper, learners not only expand their vocabulary but also connect those nouns with the places these helpers work, reinforcing their understanding and language skills

Fostering Conceptual Connections

Understanding the world around them is important for all learners!  In addition to vocabulary expansion and meaning, these activity books help create meaningful connections between different nouns, places, and community helpers. By engaging with the visual cues and interactive exercises in the workbooks, foundational learners can develop a clearer understanding of how community helpers play specific roles in society and the settings in which they operate. Teachers, providers, and parents can expand the use of the visual concepts to reinforce the places their students/children may be visiting.  For example, emphasize the dentist page when there is a pending visit!

Promoting Functional Knowledge and Life Skills

As a busy teacher, I have always wanted to use resources that would benefit my learners in multiple ways in just one activity.  Teaching our students the different labels for doctor, nurse, baby, queen (etc) will benefit them when they begin to listen to a story and answer comprehension questions.  They may eventually be asked how characters change over time. But how will they know this if they are not yet able to discriminate between labels of characters? You can find this Easy Matching Workbook here.

Facilitating Individualized Instruction

Easy Matching Workbooks – Community Helpers are highly adaptable to individualized instruction. Special education teachers and parents can modify the activities and level of difficulty based on the unique needs and abilities of each learner. Whether it’s simplifying instructions, providing additional support, or extending the learning through supplementary materials, these workbooks can be personalized to ensure an optimal learning experience for foundational learners.  Check out these other amazing community helper based learning resources, happy teaching!

Community Helper Game Pack

ABLLS-R Aligned Task Cards

Community Helper Adapted Books




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