Dyslexia is something I struggled with as a little girl. I found it hard to learn how to read and write. This made me fall behind in class. I remember not being able to spell my name until I was six years old.
My little girl is now struggling to learn how to read and write. Some children in her class could write stories at age 5, when in year 1. The difference between my own child's ability and these other children is huge. All children learn at a different pace. Yet it has affected my little girls confidence. She was not given a part in the school play this year, as part of the audition was to read a written line. Unable to read, the parts were given to children that could.
School had been giving my little girl extra one to one help with teaching assistants, to help her catch-up. Yet I knew she needed to do more and I knew we had to get back to basics. Making sure that she could read, write and spell 2, 3, 4 letter words. If she could do this, we could build on these foundations.
We started by learning 3 letter words, from the "Rocky Foundations Card". I helped her learn by making sure she could hear, read and see the word. Learn more about how to do this see posts below, containing lots of handy tips.
The truth is, the first few times we practised at home. Some evenings it worked, others it was absolute chaos. It took a few tries to find out what worked for my little girl. Below are my top tips, from what I learned helping my child. All children are different, it may take a few tries to find out what works with your child.
These tips can be used to learn harder words. For more word lists see, "Word Lists".
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