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July 18, 2008



This is really fascinating and to think that he would probably have been labelled dyslexic at school. What a wonderful thing you are doing with him.

I come from an arts background and this media interest in letters makes huge sense to me. Something I will now certainly let my children discover too. Why does it have to be a means to an end after all? It's much more interesting for a child to go off on tangents in different media, seeing things from other points of view.

Good for Rowan, and good for you for letting him go with the flow.
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Susan Gaissert

Yes, Laureen, just keep enjoying and don't waste any precious time worrying about the dichotomy between how you were "taught" and how he is learning!


I cannot express how much I love this post. Thank you, Laureen. My background--I used to be a public Kindergarten Reading Teacher. Yep, I was the one they sent in to work with the kids doing it all "wrong." AT FIVE!!!! Sheesh! If I had only known then what I know now. It wasn't all bad, mind you. But oh the stories I could tell. At least my children get to benefit from my early mishaps in teaching. Every day they teach me something new. My 4 y/o daughter proudly announced today, "I'm precocious, mommy! That means I like to do what I want to do!" We have no idea where she picked this up--the word OR the definition, but we love it. Sooooo true of all children, ain't it?!

I'm addicted to this LWOS blog. Thank you!

Malcolm Kirkpatrick

Give this kid a copy of Scott Kim's "Inversions". It's all about the things one can do with mirror image and rotated writing.


My special ed students learned to read better from their own writing. They wanted to write their own thoughts and not read someone else's so I helped them write. They were so excited about writing that they couldn't wait to read!I think that is why blogs are such a great thing.


I think I blogged about something similar a year ago, or just told a lot of online friends. Last year, Alex was in an art class. They would read a story, then do art projects based on it. His teacher showed me his picture and he had EXACTLY drawn the last page of the book, flipped. Complete mirror image. I thought it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. I can't draw that well and he can do it backwards? Kids are amazing...they aren't limited by what they see and "know". WTG Rowan!


I don't agree with Ron Davis that kids must be taught and put in special reading programs for dyslexia. But he had a key method for the kids in his reading programs. It involved making the letters in the alphabet in clay and turning them around and around, tactile visual spatial learning. It really is fun that the original choice of letter shapes seems arbitrary to the letter shape newbie.

We turn letters around and around here magnetically on the fridge.

Pretty much all kids go through some phase of dyslexia I bet, some unnoticeably. I don't remember my phase but I'm sure I had one if I thought of it, since I love to mess about with them and see how far I can push the shapes and still make them make sense.

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