As a child I struggled at school in the 1980s, with learning to read and write. Later my teachers used to say the more you read, the better your writing and spelling will be. Well I read, I loved reading, yet never became any better. Special Educational Needs support did not exist and school unhelpful. The teachers appeared not to believe me, when I said I read every night and I quickly found myself labelled as lazy.
The problem with my learning was that I had never mastered the basics in reading and writing. I had rocky foundations, my knowledge of basic two, three letters words was patchy. This meant I could muddle through schoolwork. Sometimes I could spell simple words, then I could not spell other similar words. So it appeared I was lazy, not trying. This made it harder for me to learn new things. I needed to be taken back to basics, to learn at my own pace. To build those strong foundations in reading and writing, before being moved on to new work.
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This card is based on scientific research, "Reading Development & dyslexia".
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