Thursday, August 27, 2009

Literacy help needed.

Amelia was at school for 18 months before we started home schooling her.

At the end of that 18 months she still didn't recognise a lot of the alphabet. That was one of our main motivations to bring her home and educate her one on one.

Now she has been home for 18 months and still she seems to struggle with reading and spelling especially.

She is way ahead with maths skills and working her way through a year 3 curriculum but her literacy skills are way behind.

For her reading and spelling program we have Fitzroy readers. I get all her spelling words from the reader that she is reading and we totally immerse her in the list words for 2 weeks.

By the end of the two weeks, she is getting good results both in reading and spelling but if we go back and review the books and spelling list at a latter date, she cannot read them or write them.

I know that using a bigger list over two weeks rather than a small list for one week has been better and she is more confident with the reading and spelling test at the end of the two weeks and gets better results but long term memory doesn't seem to be there.

We do some form of writing every day as well as the spelling and reading and she spends most of the time that she is writing asking me how do you spell xxx? I tell her have a go and I will correct it after. I tell her to sound the word out in her head and think about what sound each letter makes but she cannot seem to do this.

I realize that she probably has some learning difficulty but I think there must be a way to teach her in spite of this. I think if we find the right way to deal with this, she will be able to retain some information long term.

I also think that maybe it is a matter of finding the right program for her. Maybe I should be trying a different program or changing our lessons around to suit her and help her.

Thanks in advance for any help that you can give.

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