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The Dyslexic Reader 2003 - Issue 32

The Dyslexic Reader 2003 - Issue 32



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Much Too Early
Much Too Early

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Published by: Davis Dyslexia Association International on May 11, 2008
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by David Elkind, Professor of Child Development at TuftsUniversity and the author of 
The Hurried Child
In one sentence, Froebel, father of the kindergarten, expressed theessence of early childhoodeducation. Children are not bornknowing the difference between redand green, sweet and sour, roughand smooth, cold and hot, or any of the other myriad of physicalsensations. The natural world is theinfant's and young child's firstcurriculum, and it can only belearned by direct interaction withthings. There is no way a youngchild can learn the difference between sweet and sour, rough andsmooth, hot and cold withouttasting, touching or feelingsomething. Learning about the worldof things, and all their various properties is a time consuming process that cannot be hurried.This view of early childhoodeducation has been echoed by all of the giants of early childhooddevelopment: Froebel, Montessori,Steiner, Piaget and Vygotsky. It issupported by developmentaltheory which demonstrates thatthe logical structure of readingand math require syllogisticreasoning abilities on the part of thechild. Given that most youngchildren do not attain this form of reasoning until the age of five or six,it makes little sense to introduce
Vol. 32
Davis Dyslexia Association International
Issue 3 • 2003
Dys lex icRead er
continued on page 4
 Much Too Early
News & Feature Articles:Regular Features:
In This Issue
by David Elkind 
The educators who establishedearly childhood as a legitimate agefor guided learning, were alsoquite explicit as to the nature of early instruction. They allemphasized the importance of manipulative experiences for infants and young children, andthe dangers of their too earlyintroduction to the world of symbols. Frederich Froebel, MariaMontessori and Rudoph Steiner allcreated rich, hands-on materialsfor children to explore andconceptualize. Each of themacknowledged, in his or her ownway, that the capacity todiscriminate precedes the capacityto label, and that the understandingof quality precedes that of quantity. For example, children“Children must master the languageof things before they master thelanguage of words.” — 
 Friedrich Froebel 
, Pedagogicsof the Kindergarten,
The Giants of Early Childhood Development
Maria Montessori
continued on page 4
Congratulations to Alanand his happy Mom!
(posted by Robin at www.dyslexiatalk.com)
I AM AMAZED! We have been a"Davis" household for two monthsnow. Slowly the homework battle isgoing away. It has gotten so goodlately. I have even been able to letAlan do his homework after supper some nights. YEA!!!Last night I went upstairs and caughtAlan with his bedroom light on. Iexpected him to be playing hisGameboy or playing Legos. HEWAS READING! He had read 20 pages of the book we were reading before bed all by himself. Today hetook it to school. He came off the bus with it in his hands and wasreading it as he walked up the driveway. I NEVER thought I would seethis day!!!!
is published quarterly by Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI), 1601 Bayshore Hwy., Suite245, Burlingame, CA 94010 USA +1(650) 692-7141. are to increase worldwide awareness about the positiveaspects of dyslexia and related learning styles; and to present methods for improving literacy, education and academicsuccess. We believe that all people’s abilities and talents should be recognized and valued, and that learning problems can becorrected.Alice Davis, Abigail Marshall, Maria Fagioli and Dee White. Julia Gaskill.one year $25 in US, add $5 in Canada; add $10 elsewhere. send $8.00 to DDAI.We welcome letters, comments and articles. Mail to DDAI at the above address.+1(650) 692-7075 editor@dyslexia.comhttp://www.dyslexia.com/The opinions and views expressed in articles and letters are not necessarily those of DDAI. Davis Dyslexia Correction
, DavisSymbol Mastery
, Davis Orientation Counseling
, and Davis Learning Strategies
are registered trademarks of Ronald D. Davis.Copyright © 1999 by DDAI, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.
Copyright 1996 Randy Glasbergen. www.glasergen.com
A motherwasshowing herson how tozip up hiscoat. "Thesecret," shesaid, "is toget the leftpart of thezipper to fitin the otherside before you try tozip it up."The boylooked atherquizzically:"Why does it haveto be a secret?"
When it was released in 1994,
TheGift of Dyslexia
spawned agrassroots movement that has spreadaround the world. It has beentranslated into every major Westernlanguage, plus others like Croatian,Swedish, Hebrew and Japanese. Nearly 300 certified DavisFacilitators now offer DavisPrograms in 27 countries in 18languages.The sequel to
The Gift of Dyslexia
isscheduled to appear in USA andCanadian bookstores around August5, 2003. The new book expands theDavis Methods with theories andcorrection procedures that addressthe three basic areas of learningdisability other than reading.
TheGift of Learning 
is authored byRonald D. Davis with Eldon M.Braun, and published in the UnitedStates and Canada by PenguinPutnam under its Perigee Booksimprint.
The other two R’s and the A
The Gift of Dyslexia
covered theDavis Correction Procedures for Reading in detail, but only touchedon ‘Rithmetic, ‘Riting and Attention problems.
The Gift of Learning 
focuses on proven methods for correcting the other three basiclearning difficulties children andadults experience. Disorientation inone form or another is still seen as amajor factor that prevents studentsfrom learning efficiently.
Orientation for Everybody
The Orientation CounselingProcedure from
The Gift of Dyslexia
is repeated pretty much verbatim inthe new book. An alternate procedure called Alignment is addedfor use by students who learn better kinesthetically, or who are younger than seven or eight. It’s the same asthe “Focusing” exercise used for K-3students in classrooms as part of theDavis Learning Strategies program.
Motivation & Responsibility
The main prerequisite for success with the DavisMethods is a willingness to participate. The student mustwant a meaningfulimprovement in life skills. Inthe new book, Ron discusseshow to uncover an individual’sown perception of the problemand offer the “carrot” of a potential solution that willinstill motivation.
Solving ADD and ADHD
The Davis Methods have produced dramaticimprovements in attentionspan, behavior, and studyskills without the use of drugs.Ron discusses how disorientationaffects both the “hyper” and“daydreamer” varieties of ADD. TheEnergy Dial exercise is presented asa way students can adjust their energy levels to different situations.
Math: Numbers vs. Numerals
This difference is explained as a link  between reading dyslexia and math problems (dyscalculia). A studentcan easily see that there are four 
of  something 
(a number),but doesn’tautomatically make the connectionwith the
 symbol 4
(a single numeral).The new book presents twentyexercises, mostly done with claymodels, that allow a student to learnmath in real world terms. Thennumerical symbols and arithmeticfunctions are introduced one at atime until the student learns to work out problems symbolically using pencil and paper.
Legible Handwriting: Dysgraphia
Ron discusses various possiblecauses for illegible handwriting and presents procedures to correct mostof them once the student is able toachieve orientation easily. Besides pencil and paper, the exercises useclay models, “giant” writing on poster paper with a marker, andtracing paper to copy handwritingmodels.Parents and teachers who have beenworking with students using thetechniques from
The Gift of Dyslexia
will find that this new book providesadditional exercises they can use toimprove basic learning skills other than reading.
 Special offer on pre-publicationorders:
 DDAI has ordered 1,000 copies of 
The Gift of Learning
 for sale by our bookstore. If you pre-order before August 1, 2003, a 10% discount will be applied. The cost of the new book is the same as the first one:US$14.95. Membership discountsand standard quantity discounts for  Facilitators also apply. To order, cal1-888-999-3324 or visit thewww.dyslexia.com bookstore.
The Gift of Learning 
Ron Davis’ new book addresses the“other faces” of Dyslexia
The Gift of Learning
by Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M. Braun
Perigee Books / $14.95 / ISBN: 0-399-52809-1

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