Spelling and Reading
I don't know if I have ever mentioned it on here, but Rhayn has had a difficult time learning to read. She doesn't always hear words correctly. (An example is the word "because". It has taken years of us saying "BEcause" so she won't say "ecause" she just didn't hear the "B".) She loves making lists though (a girl after my own heart!) And these pictures are of two that I found recently. The above is hanging on the mirror in her bathroom, the other was in my bathroom on the counter. I think the below list was made for Gwennie, or possibly it was the first one she made.
At school she is in a special reading class. They are taken out of their regular class twice a week and given more time to practice reading. She loves her reading instructor. I mean LOVES her. Ms. S is the only teacher that Rhayn gave a Christmas gift to.
Will and I are both fascinated by the process of her learning to read. She is showing us things that we never think about. A few days ago Will was reading with her and they came across the word "daughter" and he was explaining to her that "gh" makes a hard "H" sound. But when you say the word "daughter" its like the word "water" and there isn't an "H" sound in it. (Also the word "eight" is lacking that "H" sound.) Rhayn pointed that out.
On the paper below she has the word "ghresed" this should be the word "dressed" but said out loud and one doesn't always say a hard "D" sound at the beginning, its more of a soft "J" sound.
We have had to learn to speak more clearly in order to help her spell. A few words that I have had to really think about before I say are "interesting*", "February" and "library". There are so many words that do not at all sound like they are spelled.
She also has a real issue with "d" and "b" which causes her grief. In the top list she had "Go beun staers" with means "go down stairs". I need to draw a picture of Mr. db and put it up somewhere that she will see it often. This seems to be the best way for her to memorize things. We have a list of words that she looks at while she eats breakfast (berefsc). Gwennie also had a paper she looks at (It says "GWEN" on it.)
Reading came so easily to me, that its difficult to understand how hard it really is for her. But I am trying and I am trying to be patient with her. But this lack of patience is why Will is working with her on her reading skills.
*Interesting has become a pet peeve word of mine, along with ignorant and associates. I hate when people say "inchersting" and "ignert" and "ah soh sh its" (its "ah soh see ats" people.) There are others, but those are the three that are on my personal hate list at the moment.