THE START OF SOMETHING BIG
Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 09-08-2017
People who work with dyslexic children often run into a problem: it is difficult to find interesting, age-appropriate text that the kids can read independently.
I've taught many beginning readers over the past twenty years and have tried many different ways to deal with this reality. While I've discovered a few very good resources along the way, most of them are very expensive. Moreover, some of the best were written a long time ago and their text increasingly comes across as dated.
So I began writing some of my own material several years ago. I reflected upon some of the best practices I'd seen in other books and stitched together a coloful, two-page format that seems to work very well. Over time, the project has really begun to take shape. Every word used is either easily decodable, drawn from a high-frequency word list or systematically introduced. The stories have colorful photographs to support learning and they include a variety of interesting comprehension questions.
The first twenty stories are more-or-less finished and dozens more are in development. My long-term goal is to produce a large collection of levelled non-fiction articles that kids who struggle with reading will find engaging. As with everything I produce, the finished stories will all be posted here — freely available to anyone who can use them.
The stories are now in-use in my classroom but I am also looking for a few other teachers or tutors who might be willing to try some of them out with their own students. Volunteers would get early access to all of the stories and their feedback would help me refine this growing collection! Just send me an email if you'd like to give it a try!