Saturday, 19th January saw the launch of our literacy and touch-typing club at Warren Road Primary School. Being the first lesson, we were all a little nervous as to how lessons would go, but by the end of both sessions I was highly pleased with the participation and effort the children put in along with the work they had achieved.
Dyslexia tuition is highly recommended for children suffering with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, but it comes at a cost and I fully recognise that this is not always possible for all families. In addition, there is a distinct shortage of dyslexia specialist tutors and it can be hard to find someone suited to your child's needs. The Literacy and Touch Typing club provides an alternative to one-to-one tuition at a more affordable cost and means that children can meet other children with similar difficulties and this often helps raise their self-confidence and they enjoy the social interaction. Obviously in 30 minutes there is only so much literacy that can be covered, but we focus on the important skills of phonics and high-frequency words spelling and fun reading games. At the start of the lesson to settle the children we include an activity which focuses on some of the common underpinning weaknesses dyslexic individuals experience such as working memory, phonological awareness and visual tracking and more. For the touch-typing part of the lesson the children work on their own computer at their own pace completing lessons, which lead in time to games which they can unlock and these games also focus on their keyboarding skills.
We are very lucky to have two dyslexia trained teaching assistants, Dawn and and Colette, who support the children in a group of four and a nice area to work in Warren Road School. I'm sure the group is going to go from strength to strength and I look forward to being able to help more children.
We still have three places available at Warren Road School on a Saturday and we hope to open the literacy and touch typing class on a Tuesday evening in Keston Village Hall at some point this academic year. If you're interested in receiving more information please get in touch with me.