Hi gcrechale, I have enthusiastically taught first grade for over twenty-four years. I have found the following techniques successful for situations such as you describe. I hope this is helpful to your first grader. You said that she knows her abc's, but does she know her letter sounds? If she doesn't know letters sounds that's the first place to start. For example: "Bb, like in ball...Dd, like in dog, etc. Once she knows her letter sounds, then start building what we call "Word Family" words. For example: Teach her the word "at" then build on that word by adding new beginning sounds. "Take 'at' and put a 'b' sound in front. What's your new word? That's right! It's "bat!" (c-cat, h-hat, m-mat...) When she can easily make the "at" family words, put them in a sentence form. " A fat cat sat on a mat." Have her draw a picture to illustrate the sentence and check her comprehension. Please check out my blog: www.schoolfamily.com/conniemccarthy to learn additional tips and advice for preparing your child for early school success. ~Connie McCarthy
How can you teach a child that has Dislexia to read? He is almost 14 years old, has been in Special Education for the last six years but has never learned to read, math, or anything else. How can I help this child? Thank you for your help and time.