Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lessons for Shut down kids - Lesson 1


Lessons for instructional casualties or so-called dyslexic kids.


As some of you know, I had 30 lessons on my blog since 2010 which were uploaded onto ‘File Den’- an internet provider. File Den suddenly disappeared and all my files on the internet went missing.

Fortunately, I had hard copies of the lessons.

Back in 2010 and 2011 many parents with kids who were unable to read found my lessons effective. There are many methods to teach shut down kids and this is just one of the many methods. However, this is the only way to teach the pronunciation of phonemes of consonants - to teach with no extraneous sounds. This way of teaching phonemes will prevent kids, predisposed to shutting down, from disengaging.

In 2019 I printed 100 copies of my book, 'Teach your child to read, and gave away most of them for free to teachers at my presentation. A few copies were sold at a fraction of the cost of printing.


I have since then started producing videos with the help of two of my sons. The process has been slow as both of them are busy at work.


We have produced 15 of the lessons and I will upload three lessons per week for parents who want to teach their shut-down kids to learn to read.


We will endeavour to produce lessons 16 to 30 when my sons have some time available from their busy schedule.


I hope you will strictly follow what I recommend below.



i.                                   Make sure the pronunciation of the phonemes is as per the videos.Ask the kids to unlearn all wrong pronunciations learned. There is no need to rush as you can access these videos whenever you want.


ii.                                 Teach the Dolch words at the end of the lesson to be memorized by rote memory. Rote     memory here means to spell out the words loudly and repeat them several times until the child is able to spell these words spontaneously. Do this like you would have learned your multiplication tables (Times table)


iii.                                The lessons have pictures to guide the child. Do not move to the next lesson until the child is able to read the page at the end of the lesson which has no picture cues/clues.


iv.                                Explain the meanings of any word the child may not know. Give example sentences using such words.


v.                                  List down the word family of each lesson on an exercise book and have them read by your child.


vi.                                Similarly list down the Dolch words in another exercise book and ask your child to read them on a daily basis. 


The lessons are all free of charge. Do share the lessons with other parents who may have kids who are unable to read due to shutting down.

Those who have the means may donate a small amount to my PayPal account under my name Luqman Michel so that I may continue sharing what I have learned with more parents and teachers around the world.

The voice over is done by my son Fadhil Luqman. 

The videos are done by my son Faruq Luqman.

Here is the video for lesson 1


 Note: Explain to the child that most letters represent more than one sound. Tell him that the sound represented by the letter 'a' in bat, cat, fat etc is as pronounced in the video. However, the sound of the first 'a' in the words  'A fat cat' is represented by a different sound. In Australia and the UK the sound is as in the beginning sound of the words 'about, around.' In the US it is as in the beginning sound of the words 'ace, able' etc. 



KateGladstone said...

Actually, in the USA the word “a” is NOT usually. pronounced with the vowel of “ace.” Only very stuffy and stuck-up people normally say it that way. The rest of us normally say it as “uh”!

Signed, an American

Luqman Michel said...

Thank you for your comment Kate.
Then it is the same as we pronounce it here in Malaysia.
I have heard 'a' pronounced as in the word 'ace' and thought that was how
it is pronounced in the US.

Here we pronounce it as in the words 'about', 'around'...