Thank you. I will read through that.
I will definitely get her teacher to write up her observations. I'm definitely going to be staying on top of this. I don't want to force her into something she's not developmentally ready for, but she has already told me that it makes her sad when her friends can "do the letters and teacher has to help me". So, she's already noticing the difference. :/
I don't know of any dyslexia schools nearby, but I will start looking around.
Yeah, I was told she needed to work on rhyming and phonemic awareness. (she was asked to identify what picture begins with b-b-b and she chose kitten and even said Kitten! It starts with b-b-b.")
I never thought of the letter matching being like matching pictures. Good point.
You all have been a great source of information! I'm definitely going to be looking into this more and watching her closely.
Is your child's dyslexia why you all decided to homeschool or were you already homeschooling? (I wanted to homeschool, thus my being on this forum, but DH is pretty opposed to it right now, so it's a waiting game. )
Yes, it sounds like you might have dyslexia or other similar issue going on.
We were homeschooling already; my oldest was actually opposite and at age 3 was already figuring out letter sounds -- he came to me at 3 and asked how to spell his baby brother's name, Caleb; I spelled it for him, and my then 3 yr old said, "Momma, A is for apple, and that say /ah/, so C-a-l-e-b says "cah-leb" (pronounced like in apple), so....how do you spell Cay-leb??" He had been able to recognize/name letters since he was around 20 months old, and we hadn't done any teaching other than reading Dr. Seuss's ABC book to him as one of many books we read to him. By 4.5 yrs old, he was "writing" (typing) stories, little 4 or 5 sentence stories, by himself. He was a September birthday, so "too young" to start Kindergarten until the year he was turning 6, and by then he was reading on a 3rd grade level, doing math on a 2nd/3rd grade level, etc. and the public school's solution was to bump him up one grade, only for reading instruction, and so he'd be adjusting to 2 entire classrooms, teachers, etc.
We didn't think that sounded like a wise move, so I just kept him home (I was already able to stay home, so that was easy) and we just kept homeschooling.
Then the middle son was more average, with some giftedness in other areas, and then the youngest is the dyslexic and by that time we were living in Brazil, homeschooling still, and had no other real options for him. We finally found Barton this past year (he was tested at 7.5, we spent from age 8 to 9 working on phonemic awareness and getting him up to speed on being able to learn letter sounds, then from 9 to 11 we were on a waiting list for further evaluations, working through other recommended O-G reading programs, making progress but not "catching up" and just at the start of this school year we finally switched to Barton, which is making a HUGE difference; he's 12 now....).
All that to say --- we started hs'ing for other reasons, but I wouldn't dream of putting my dyslexic in public school around me; the stories are awful of how the kids get little to no help here. As it is, he goes to a once/week home school enrichment, and the past year he's been in the level below his just so he can keep up with the in-class work. Just this year coming up he'll promote up to the proper level, and hopefully be able to do well enough in class. The thing with public school is the dyslexia would impact every.single.subject. Reading test questions, copying notes off the board, doing map work, any in class writing, at all, story problems/word problems in math....every single aspect. Vocabulary, for instance; my son has to copy one or two words a week in science class -- for most kids, they can look up at the word and read it "environment" and write it down at least in chunks before having to look back to check the spelling. For him, he literally had to look at each letter, "e", and write that; "n", and write that, etc...finding his place every time, copying a string of letters that made zero sense to him, at all. He's only now gained the ability to be able to break a word like that into sections, and even still it's painstakingly slow.
If you can convince your DH to homeschool now, it would be beneficial.
I found a developmental optometrist nearby. Who would need to do the auditory processing testing? An SLP? An audiologist? Someone different?
An audiologist; this is still on our list to get checked out.....our SLP said she didn't think it was an issue, so we've put that one on the back burner for now.....