ondreeuh Posted March 17, 2012 Share Posted March 17, 2012 (edited) My son is very, very dyslexic. I really believe part of his brain is underdeveloped or damaged. We are over the hump in reading and he is doing well, but spelling continues to be something that we just can't get much traction on. ETA: he's ten, average/above average intelligence, but spells at about a 1st grade level. We used AAS for about a year, and quit mid-way through level 2. The work on phonograms and phonemic awareness was great, but the rule-based approach was not working for him - he was able to recite spelling rules, but not refer to them in his spelling (I think this may be a memory issue - he wasn't able to access where it was stored, maybe). He got very anxious about spelling which just made it worse. We were stuck for a couple months and I decided to try something else. Then we used Sequential Spelling. We got to lesson 40, took a break, and re-started, then quit after it was apparent that he was just hopefully guessing. Again, he was very anxious. I tried lots of extra strategies like making my own colored tiles for word families and spelling them on the magnet board, but I realized the only words (beyond easy CVC and blends) that he could write were ones he had learned by spelling out loud. (I should have paid more attention to that). Then we moved on to Apples and Pears, starting at the beginning. This went pretty well (overall) - still a lot of anxiety, and a good hour of work to complete a lesson a day, but he was making good progress. Once we got into book C, things started to fall apart. We could no longer spend an hour a day on a spelling lesson, so we cut it down to a page a day. At that rate, the spiral was too long and he wasn't retaining the patterns. Also (does anyone else notice this?) he would do OK on the lessons and then completely bomb the periodic spelling tests because they used the hardest words, many of which hadn't been used in a while. I put aside A&P and he has been doing a crappy workbook until I figure out what to do next. I need help! I need ideas of what might work for him. This is what I want: 1) Downloadable. It takes about a month to receive anything by mail here and I don't want to wait that long. 2) I prefer a system or method where I can go at our own pace, reviewing certain words as needed. Not a list of spelling words to be done each week and then dropped. 3) Something that introduces words according to spelling pattern. I don't want something that gives a list of words that all have a different spelling for the same sound (earth, hurt, birthday, etc.) but rather reinforces the words that use a particular pattern (earth, early, earnest). 4) Nothing built on word searches and scrambles. Those are just confusing for a bad speller. (Honestly, aside from the downloadable factor, this pretty much describes AAS. Sigh. Now that he's older, he may do better, and I could spend more time on reciting spelling out loud. I already sold levels 1 & 2, and he'd probably place in level 2 which is where we left off about 2 years ago.) Any ideas? Edited March 17, 2012 by ondreeuh Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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