Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Spelling is Easy

I've looked and read through lots of language arts books.  Especially lots of books that deal with dyslexia.  I have one son with dyslexia and it has and still is a challenge to get him to read.  Every person with dyslexia is different in how they deal with reading and mine rushes through his reading that he often says a wrong word for what is actually on the page.  He will say a word with the same first letter or about the same length but it will be a wrong word.  His spelling, he still leaves off letters or puts one letter in the wrong place.  He has gotten better at not flipping letters but still does occasionally.  

So what programs have I looked at for him?  There is one called A Reading Program for Overcoming Dyslexia and although I think it is a good book, I think it would be a book for older students that have been through several other curriculums.   

I've seen Spell to Write and Read and I have it and took a class.  After taking the class I still felt like I just didn't get it on how to teach.  There are so many marks to make on words and so many rules to learn even before starting to teach.  Spelling Power is not for my son with dyslexia either.   

I have and read the book the Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis.  This was a very helpful book to read and understand what your child is going through.  This man has a week long class that is priced way over my head, but I would love to do it one day.  

Then there are a few other Orton-Gillingham principled programs out there.  All the rest I have looked at while attending a homeschool convention.  It is always better to touch and see with your own eyes a program to see if it will work for your family.  

I did find one program that I absolutely love and it's All About Spelling.  I loved it so much that so far I have all levels they make even though we are still working on level 2.  As soon as level 6 comes out I'm ordering it. 

So what do I like about it?  It's easy, first of all.  I totally get what I am supposed to do for each lesson.  It is scripted, and shows what different games to play.  I call them games because that is what my boys call them.  It is actually magnetic tiles that they get to play with.  

All About Spelling has on their site a section that lets you know what are they symptoms of dyslexia.  If you want to know what dyslexia is then you must read this.  You can also sign up for their dyslexia newsletter.  

This program is not just for kiddos with dyslexia.  I use it with my youngest who loves to read and finds it easy to read.  Another thing I love about it is that it is inexpensive and you can use it with the whole family.  It's a spelling program but that goes right along with reading.  Do I sound like a commercial?  I truly think this program is the easiest most inexpensive program out there.  I can't wait to get into the next level.  I can see their progress in just the first book and a half.

I've decided to post more about our spelling adventures and this program so check back often to see what we are up to.


Sheri said...

I can second the AAS program-have gone thru a good deal of em and this is one of our absolute favorites, and I am using it with our dyslexic son too. Hey, if you workbox, I have the first and second book's necessary items worked out by steps on a schedule form. It is under my scribd page which you can find via my blog (What's in the Box? at www.ideas4theworkbox.blogspot.com) -I found I spent more time hunting for just the right tiles, cards and such that by listing them in their step sections, I could pack the boxes and save time when it came to the lesson. If you don't workbox, well-gosh, that is too bad-LOL. I plan on wrapping up the 3rd and 4th books over Christmas break-

Anyhoo, have a great Turkey Day and again-that AAS is the best!

live4evermom said...

Thanks, I did download your freebies for AAS. I have them with me. Thanks again, it helps.

SabrinaT said...

Thanks for the information.. I have the book "Understanding Dyslexia and Dysgraphia". My middle son has both. We are always looking for way to help him.