Both to teach and to learn!
This recent article I saw in Twitter rand very true.
We have always kept a close eye on Freya’s reading and writing as both Nick and I have dyslexia ourselves or in our families.
Nick is dyslexic and finds reading challenging at times as well as spelling some common words (they, then, there, their and they’re particularly) and both my brother and father are dyslexic.
We were hopeful for Freya when she became obsessed with books at such an early age. However as we learnt phonics and whole words in our reading sessions it became clear that she is showing some classic dyslexic traits.
She reverses letters
Reads some words backwards
Confuses common words
Gets very tired quickly even when very keen to read
Really struggles writing the sounds that she hears and says
To help Freya we have enrolled her in Nessy, a dyslexia literacy online learning tool, and are supporting her as she works through it.
She has an amazing ‘can do’ attitude.
To support the program we are making flash cards of common ‘tricky words’ and are asking her to read a book a day to us. We continue to read three books a day to her.
With a language as complex as ours, it is no surprise that learning to read is so tricky!