Every day we read. We worked through his reading book. We did sight words. We read Bob books and other early readers. And every day we both got more frustrated. Then one Sunday a little girl told him he had a “weak brain” because he couldn’t read as well as she could. He cried. I decided it was time to take a step back and find out why reading was so hard for him.
- Can’t think of rhyming words, even when he understands the concept of rhyming.
- Confuses right and left, up and down, over and under.
- Can read a word on one page (with help), but then can’t read the same word on the next page (or sometimes even in the next sentence).
- Can’t sound out words easily.
- When he reads a word incorrectly, he usually substitutes the incorrect word with a similar looking word, like “saw” for “was.”
- Classic b/d/p confusion, but also n/u and w/m confusion.
- Poor handwriting and spelling.
- One or both parents is dyslexic.
There are even more symptoms of dyslexia, but these are the ones we see in our six year old. These symptoms weren’t new to me, since I am also dyslexic, but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was a senior in high school. Because I was highly motivated to read when I was his age, I compensated for my reading challenges. Now I only struggle with my dyslexia in math, spelling, and foreign languages.
But David isn’t as highly motivated to read as I was. And even though I was able to hide my struggles from my public school teachers, he can’t hide his struggles from me. We still have some catching up to do, but I’m so thankful to be a homeschooling mom so I could recognize these early signs and give him the help he needs!