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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Thanksgiving in Manhattan

Scott has learned the syllable division rules for three syllable words including Thanksgiving and Manhattan. In January, Green Eggs and Ham was challenging the upper limit of his (?)reading(?) level, if you can call what he was doing a reading level versus guessing.

As the words in his reading program got longer I have seen some other amazing things. His concentration is better. His handwriting is improving. His confidence is amazing. I have seen him pick up more books from around the house to scope out. His expressed desire to learn has improved. He has always wanted to learn, but there is not as much frustration anymore. I don't have to plead with him (as much) to sit down and be tutored.

These lessons also taught him how to use a Franklin Spelling Ace. He likes having a little palm computer all his own.

I know that I definitely was concerned if he would be ever be able to divide syllables. At times he also wondered, "Why is this program going to be any different than all the others?" he questioned. I think he's long forgotten that fear. With each passing reading lessons, his reading vocabulary expands immensely. I no longer need to fear illiteracy. Still a long ways off from finishing the Barton Levels, he is no longer locked out.

BartonReading is taught in a logical way that appeals to his curiosity.


Orlando Realtor said...

Hey are doing great!
Good for you.

I thought that your post was announcing Thanksgiving in Manhatten and I thought to myself..........forget a cruise?

ScienceGeek said...

Great job to both of you!

I wonder if Scott is like JD- JD now analyzes words for "fun". He's figuring out phonograms that he hasn't been explicitly taught (like "kn" in knife, know) and teaching himself the rules. I've heard him correcting his brother's spelling of a word by explaining why the "k" sound couldn't be spelled with a "c". He's teaching himself when "g" makes its soft sound. It's as if now that he knows that there are rules and patterns in our language, even if he doesn't know every rule he tries to figure them out. I really think Barton teaches to the analytical mind of a dyslexic.

Permission to Mother said...

My reply to Science Geek got so long, I am going to post it as my next blog post. :)

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