As the parent of a child with dyslexia, I am constantly sharing suggestions for other parents that have worked for our family. We have learned through trial and error of different strategies, games, flashcards, books and activities that click for our son. Through research and our son’s tutor we have learned that children with dyslexia often do well by using multiple senses to learn letters, consonant blends, spelling rules and high frequency words. My son’s tutor suggested, in addition to writing his words, he incorporate moon sand to write out his high frequency or spelling words.
The idea is the tactile practice increases a child’s ”imprint” of the spelling word in his or her brain. My son loved the tactile experience of writing in the sand and it gave him a “memory” to remind himself how to spell a particular word.
In the past we had tried shaving cream, another suggestion from a tutor, but it was really messy. Moon Sand comes in a variety of colors. It is easy to vacuum for little spills. I purchased a large storage container (4″-5″ deep) that slides under his bed. At bedtime we simply slide the container under his bed. And, it’s fun for all the kids! Our other children are more than happy to help our son with his spelling words. Who knew moon sand could make learning so much fun!
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As always, if you find this information useful or know a child who is a reluctant reader or diagnosed with dyslexia, please share this blog with the family. I have a dyslexia link on my sidebar with suggestions for parents and kids with dyslexia (that have worked for our son). I am not a special education major. I am a parent who empowers my child to never give up and to focus on his ability in the word dis-ability.
This is a suggestion for one of many ideas that have worked for our son who happens to have dyslexia. I was not paid for the above mentioned product or store.