One of the kids I tutor is a little girl with severe dyslexia. I’ve worked with her for almost 9 months now and she’s made tremendous progress – until recently. The last few weeks, her reading has almost seemed to regress. Talking with her and her grandmother, I think it’s partially due to her lack of interest in reading – she can’t get any better if she’s not practicing.
I have scoured my bookshelves trying to find something on her reading ability (about 1st grade) but that would also interest her. Needless to say, I came up empty…until a week ago.
I figured that’s why I originally started writing, to give my struggling students something on their ability level, but also interesting enough to read. There’s only so much of “The cat sat on the mat,” a person can read without wanting to hit their head into a wall! While’s she not up to the level of Murder of Crows or even Kobi yet, what’s the point of being a teacher, writer, and her tutor if I can’t create something for her?
I will be writing a small, probably picture book length, series along with my student. She’ll create the ideas, and I will use words she knows and won’t struggled with too much along with a dyslexic-friendly font to write short stories. My plan is to give her a page or two a day so I know she’ll be reading every day!
Since all four of the books in the crypto series is with an editor, guess what I’ll be working on over Winter Break?
All I know at this point is that it will be about a zebra named Ellie, but as soon as I have some ready, I’ll post it on my website for a free download for everyone to enjoy.