* Puxa story sample


Below is an example of an early decodable book for a dyslexic student, written by my ghost author, Puxa the cat.  My student was then reading single-syllable words with four syllable types (open, closed, silent e, and double vowels or ‘vowel teams’), with some use of -ing and -ed suffixes.  I was experimenting with the font and spacing to improve his fluency, so you may notice the extra gaps between words.  Eventually I dropped the additional spacing because he was more distressed by the extra pages than he was about focusing on accuracy.  As we worked on these skills, his accuracy improved anyway.

This story is the second in a series about Puxa helping her boy get money for a field trip.   The first paragraph sums up previous events.   Puxa is helpful in some stories, but other times she is a nuisance.  (Sorry, Puxa!)  Although Puxa is an outdoor cat (her family is as allergic to her as I am!), she manages to sneak in the house whenever necessary to help her boy.  Or seek revenge….

Puxa Checks

4 thoughts on “* Puxa story sample

  1. I see a lot of Piano students who are poor readers, and their general reading skills have an impact on the way they learn. Many are from families where parents did not spend time developing reading skills. Quite a few of these kids need to be taught logical reasoning, and some have difficulty with reading music notation at first. A few have to be taught to see whether a music note(which looks like a bubble) is moving up or down. None of these have been checked for learning disabilities, because they do well with rote learning and therefore do well in school. Is there any way for me to know whether theses issues are learning disabilities or simply a product of poor exposure to reading at home? Just curious to know, because it will make a difference to the way I talk to the students parents. Most of the kids are extremely intelligent and very very quick and independent learners after a year of Piano class, but the first year, especially the initial months is hard work for me, them and their parents.

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    • I don’t know of any studies that correlate those difficulties to dyslexia because reading is the typical “gauge.” But it does make sense that kids with reading disabilities might have trouble with those symbols. Given an inconsistent approach to reading instruction would also affect most kids’ success in that area. I wouldn’t venture to tell parents they have a disability on those grounds but perhaps it would help to ask if they (or the school) notice their child having reading problems. These kids are fortunate to have you!


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