10 DAYS OF STRUGGLING LEARNERS
Explode the Code has done wonders for Xander. He is finally reading fantastic chapter books like Nate the Great and Amelia Bedelia. Amelia Bedelia has been two-fold because he has Autism and is very "literal" in discussion and thought. Amelia Bedelia is also literal. She looks at the list left for her and sees "dust the furniture" and she uses (face) dusting powder to make sure they are good and dusty. When it gets to the part where the Mr. & Mrs. come home and find all of the things Amelia has done and they go through what should have happened it makes him laugh and he "gets" it.
My dear Milan has been a bit more tricky. Letters are not pleasant and I could not figure out why the Explode the Code primers were not working for her until...
She read the book "My Five Senses" by Aliki. She struggles through most of it but we're taking our time. It was then I started making notes on the two and three letter words she was having trouble with. See if you see what I saw:
In her mind to and of were the same. to = of, and if it she was corrected she did not understand why!
This was the same as one and out and own. This was especially noted with one and out.
There was the trouble with both letters and numbers. After all, you would expect issues with early readers when it came to letters and numbers such as 6 and 9,-- b and d, --m and n, --p, q, and g. However, we're upside-down and backwards with much more than the standard mistakes.
The solution? She has to look at the letters and tell me what she sees. I have her write it down so I can see it the way she does. The reading must go line to line, individually without any other sentences around them. You can take a piece of paper, cut out a strip the size of each sentence and work through the page that way. It lessens the confusion. When she writes down what she sees I can then explain the pattern of her letters to her.
We'll be working on this for a while I suspect.
Tell me, what methods have worked for you and your struggler(s)?