I'm going to tell you what's involved in Scott's reading and spelling lessons. You ready???? We start with a review of what we have done in the previous lessons.
Then he will spell both real and nonsense words, on paper. Notice the paper we use is blue or yellow. The glare on white paper bothers most dyslexics. He reads his word list through a window. There is no picture or story. He MUST learn the word following the spellimg rules. There are no context or illustrations to trick me into thinking he his reading.
Then he reads & spells phrases on paper for fluency as well as accuracy He learns to read phrases as a chunk and for fluency because dyslexics tend to read - word - for - word without comprehension. When they come to prepositions (a, the, at, on), it breaks their concentration and visual 3D image. With these lessons he can't ignore the prepositions.
The first three lines are his phrases. All of this was dictated. He tried to get away with writing the number "20." But it didn't work. :) Dyslexics have a hard time writing on a straight line (and spacing). He did really good in this lesson. He is doing separate handwriting lessons. Notice he used a mechanical pencil. These pencils are good for those who print to hard.
Next is reading on paper for fluency, accuracy, and phrasing. He marks his phrases.
Every 3 lessons a new set of sight words is given. He must not only read them but spell them back to me. When he has trouble spelling them, we make cards highlighting one tricky letter. There is a laborious :) sequence I go through to aid his memory. He doesn't seem to mind this as much as I do.
If I do a lesson a week (a column) we will be done in 58 weeks from now with level 8. As much work as this is, he seems to be progressing quickly because we work at least 5 times a week on this. To get ready for lesson 4, the next column, I will watch the DVD in between lessons with Scott and then I will start again with a review, phonemic awareness, new lesson, reading and spelling words, reading and spelling phrases, reading and spelling sentences, etc...