LA & Dyslexia

The following resources are for reading, phonics, penmanship, spelling and dyslexia.

READING ASSESSMENT AND LEVEL READERS

PHONICS

Years ago, I worked my way through nearly every phonetics resource the library had – some were winners and some were duds.   I highly recommend checking out the library before purchasing a phonetics program.

PENMANSHIP

VOCABULARY

SPELLING

There are many fine spelling programs. After lessons in phonetics, what worked best for my child was Spelling City using Sequential Spelling words.   The following is probably way too long, but it was what I needed to review as I figured out what worked best for my child.

AVAILABLE AT OUR LOCAL LIBRARY

The following are a few resources I have enjoyed and personally recommend:

  • Grammar Rock! by Disney Educational Productions [DVD c2008]
  • The best of The Electric Company by Shout! Factory [DVD c2006]
  • English grammar. Standard Deviants school by Schlessinger Media [DVD c2004]
  • Grammar for children [series] by Schlessinger Media [DVD c2004]
  • Grammar tips for students [series] by Schlessinger Media [DVD c2008]
  • Language arts [series] by Discovery Communications [DVD c2006]
  • English grammar [series] by Video Aided Instruction [DVD c2004]
  • Write better essays in 20 minutes a day [c2012]

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I apologize for the jumbled mess!  I will sort these out, eventually.  When I wondered if my child was dyslexic, I joined several forums to read what solutions others have found.  What has worked best for my son was and still is to study difficult vocabulary words via speed typing and quiz himself with audio flashcards before reading the chapter those terms would appear.  This eliminated a lot of frustration and greatly improved his memory retention.  It also led pleasant conversations about what was just read rather than a rant about how hard it is to read.  The audio flashcards also worked as spelling lists.

The massive list that follows is a result of my journey to understand how to teach my son to read.   In the end, he adapted and mastered reading just before his 13th birthday.   From what I read this is not unusual.  I know he is reading at least at grade level because he reads a 7th-grade science textbook and a 10th-grade history book to me on a daily basis.  I believe as a result of relying heavily on audio books that he has a fabulous vocabulary which now helps him quickly recognize what he is reading.  I thank God that this chapter is now over.   In case you haven’t seen the rest of my blog, I highly recommend visiting:

AUDIOS AND VIDEOS ABOUT DYSLEXIA

BOOKS ABOUT DYSLEXIA

  • The Dyslexic Advantage: unlocking the hidden potential of the dyslexic brain by Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide [c2011]
  • The Gift of Dyslexia: why some of the smartest people can’t read — and how they can learn by Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M. Braun [c2010] – http://www.thegiftofdyslexia.com/faq – In the U.S. one out of every five persons is dyslexic, according to the National Institutes of Health.

ARTICLES ABOUT DYSLEXIA

DYSLEXIA SUPPORT GROUPS

TEXT TO SPEECH SOFTWARE

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“It is the child you are teaching, not the book.
Bend the book, or find another; make the studies fit the child.”
Ruth Beechick

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