In the majority of our word building
exercises we need to know that a student can read a word correctly on three
separate occasions. If a student does not know a word or reads a word incorrectly
we place a dot in the appropriate box. Crosses are forbidden. People with
learning difficulties are too familiar with crosses; they symbolize failure.
A word read correctly earns a tick or stroke, (show
The book is designed to promote daily
progress as follows:
1. Place the date in the boxes at
the top of the grid. our example starts on the fifth of September.
2. Ask the student to read the letter
sounds or words in the column, ticking or dotting as you move down.
3. When you have completed one column
move to the next column and ask the student the letter sounds or words.
Once more, tick or dot the letter sounds or words.
4. Continue as above for a period
of no longer than 20 minutes.
Day 2 and Day 3
Go to the page on which you started
Write the date next to the previous
Repeat checking the grid as for
Day 4 and after.
Repeat as previous days except that
you should omit words which have 3 ticks.
You may work on as many exercises
as twenty minutes allow. If a word or sound has not gained three consecutive
ticks by the end of an exercise (see sh in the last column of the example
page) refer it to the
multi-sensory page ( page 26
). You will find multi-sensory pages at intervals throughout the text.