Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dyslexia- Should a child be informed he is dyslexic

I believe a dyslexic child should be made aware that he is dyslexic as soon as the parents find out that he is dyslexic. He must be made to understand what dyslexia means.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lesson 11

The following was e-mailed to me a few days ago.
I think it is an interesting read.

European English:
AS a result of the new Lisbon Treaty signed only last Friday-The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dyslexia - Teacher's role & Lesson 10

First and foremost primary school teachers should be well informed as to what dyslexia is.

When I spoke with primary schools teachers about 5 years ago I was shocked that not one of the more than 10 teachers I spoke to knew what dyslexia was.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dyslexia - Parents role & Lesson 9

A child’s reading vocabulary and his listening vocabulary will not be the same. Though he may be able to listen and understand a lot of words, he may not be able to read those same very words when presented to him in writing. Important as it is that you teach your child to read, it is equally important to feed him information by reading to him.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lesson 8

OG continued.

A few readers had complained that they were unable to download lesson one. I am sorry, this was because for my first lesson I had used Microsoft office which some of you may not have. Hakim advised me to change it to PDF format which I had done from lesson 2. Now lesson one too has been formatted in PDF format.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lesson 7

Today’s lesson is to introduce the ‘s’ sound at the end of words.

The ‘s’ should be pronounced clearly for the student to grasp it.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lesson 6


This is a continuation from the previous lesson.

You may explain the sound made by the combination of the letters “fr”.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lesson 5 - OG


Sound out the sound that the letter ‘o’ makes in the word ‘dog’.

Sound out the combination of the letters ‘og’.

Ask him what sound would ‘rog’ make.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dyslexia -My logical thinking students & Lesson 4

John (my first student) learned the word ‘but’ and ‘cut’ and when I taught him the word ‘put’ I could see a confused look on his face. He could not understand why I pronounced ‘put’ the way I did and not the way I pronounced ‘cut’ and ‘but’.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dyslexia - Thinking "inside" the box.

Executives spend thousands of Ringgit to attend courses given by management gurus to learn about “Thinking outside the box”. What an irony! The dyslexic children do this on a daily basis without having attended any of these courses and they do it at an early age.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lesson 3

These are notes to lesson 3. Read them carefully and teach your student.

Sound out the letter ‘a’ and ‘n’. Then sound out the combination of sound ‘an’.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dyslexia - Phonic vs. sight words

By the middle of primary one, if a child is falling behind in reading than there should be immediate intervention and a one to one tutor should be found.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Dyslexia Myth

Dyslexia Myth:
I have been surfing the net for definitions and the following is what I have unearthed.
I have copied the following from

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lesson 2

I forgot to mention. Please feel free to print these lessons.

This is the best time to introduce another sound represented by the letter ‘a’. This sound for ‘a’ is ‘er’. Compare this with the first ‘a’ that your student learnt – ‘a’ – ‘air’. Make sure that he understands this well.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I regret the delay in blogging lessons for parents of dyslexic children. This was due to a number of reasons which have now been resolved.

A little each day.

I taught my children Mandarin while driving them to school, and back. I found that it took me about 25 minutes each way. When I picked them up from school, the first thing I'd do was to ask them about their day. After that I’d teach them Mandarin. I told them that they were simply wasting their time, their ‘life’, looking out the car window, not looking at anything in particular, while I was driving.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Remy - another student

Another one of my student was Remy. He was hyper active and would not sit still for more than about 20 minutes. As such, every 15 minutes or so I'd ask him to walk around the room for about 2 minutes and that was all it took for him to go on for the next 15 minutes. So I had three breaks with him in an hour.