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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Reading Breakthrough

Scott's curiosity got the best of him this weekend. He wanted to research dogs to find out which breed is best for him. He wanted to do more research then my time allowed to assist him. He took the initiative to research on his own. He took an on-line quiz answering questions to narrow down the kind of dog he prefers. He followed the links to check out the breeds, especially the ones that were new to him. He went back to the quiz to change answers (like the size and weight) to see what other dogs may come up as options. Here he is looking at a site for a Tree Walking Coon Hound. He also decided take notes on his research in a journal so he remembers these breeds and the sites he liked! Yeah, reading, spelling, and writing!

We've been diligently working through his reading and spelling program 6 months now, 5-6 days a week. The latest topic we are now covering is suffixes in BartonReading Level 5. It's amazing how many words have suffixes (and many have 2 suffixes.) These past few lessons have really expanded his reading vocabulary. When he was reading about dogs he was quick to know which words he hasn't covered in his lessons and to ask if he couldn't figure it out instead of fumbling. But I also noticed him reading much more fluently.

I haven't posted on Scott's reading progress since June and my friend Elizabeth in Georgia asked me if I was still concerned about his Dyslexia. Five - six years ago when were near each other we use to talk a lot about when our homeschooled kids would "automatically start reading." It seemed reading was no where in sight (despite both of us mothers both being readers and writers). Recently she said she was surprised to see dyslexia on my blog because after I moved, she had finally figured out her oldest needed an Orton Gillingham approach to learn to read (she used the Wilson Program). After a year of study, her daughter broke the barrier with the Little House Series. Now Elizabeth uses the O/G approach with her younger children, like I want to do with David. After you've used O/G, a logical way to learn reading and spelling, nothing else makes sense to use (and nothing else worked anyway).

We still have lots of work to do with Barton Reading. Dyslexia doesn't go away. Even though he can read, I still see the amazing amount of effort he puts into it. This weekend he also read the expository essay, William wrote for his Language Arts class. Scott's earning spelling rules that Willliam doesn't know (because reading came natural). Scott sometimes has a chance to explain spelling to William. I am benefiting from some of these spelling lessons, also.

Lessons coming up for Scott over the next year include prefixes, silent E (Level 6), vowel R (Level 7), and advanced vowel teams (Level 8) and then the advanced levels that cover the influence of foreign words on English. Even if he figures out how to read the words from pursuing his interests, the lessons still provide the spelling rules and practice.


ScienceGeek said...

This is awesome. It's funny in a way. I wonder if all dyslexics are like this: once they sink their teeth into something they won't let go. JD took a long time to get potty trained, to swim underwater without a mask, and to ride a bike. However, with each of these things, one day he decided "I'm going to do so and so today" and he practiced for that ONE day until he succeeded. It's hard to get a dyslexic to read (it's so hard!!!) unless it's something THEY are interested in. Once they're the ones who want to read, they'll take off. Good for Scott and great for you!!

Permission to Mother said...

When Scott gets on a subject he has always been eager to learn everthing there is about the topic at length.

As far as potty training he was four and by far the easiest of the 3. That's slow by many.

He's been quick with physical non-competitive sports (as far as my memory goes)like swimming, bike riding, hoola hoop, healies.

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Lauren said...

Yea Scott! Yea Denise! Yea Barton!

fitncrafty said...

I am so happy to see this manifesting! The whole process is amazing. I love how reading can really open our worlds to so many ideas and so much information!

Go Scott.. This is the best news!!!

Permission to Mother said...

I see Scott absorbing like a sponge. He's still an auditory learner, yet, it seems like he is confidently learning more overall. I see him reaching for games he couldn't play before because he couldn't read.

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