Why reading is hard

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!

One thought on “Why reading is hard

  1. I’m really interested to hear more about this. I’m keen to work with dyslexic readers because I don’t think they should miss out on a love of literature. I listened to some great stuff on BBC Sounds, one of which said that if you’re bilingual you can be dyslexic in one language and competent in another, depending on whether it was an alphabet system like English or pictorial system like Cantonese, because one uses the front of the brain to read and the other uses the back of the brain. It was also interesting to hear the theory that it’s not an ability to read that is the problem, but an inability to match the words to the sounds. Good luck with the next stage in the journey.


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