2014-08-23 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. You are giving me flashbacks to my older son, who had a titanic struggle learning to read, probably because of this.

Phonics never worked for him. At all. He was a whole-word learner all the way. And once we learned he was all auditory, all the time (he's a musician too; big surprise….), things got easier. Spelling things out loud worked for him. Writing it over and over never "took"… it might as well have been drawing leaves.

He's still a lousy speller. With a huge vocabulary.

So I dunno.

(Also, I guess there's a lot of research showing "learning styles" is a myth? Which I don't know what to think about that, because my son is clearly an auditory learner. My other kid is all visual, like me. But the older kid and his dad are so, so auditory. If they watch a movie, they retain it all. Read a book on the same topic? Forget it.)

(Thank you for listening.)
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