Absolutely – in fact, they may benefit more than most because they don't get new vocabulary words through reading. By expanding their oral vocabulary, you can increase their skill and confidence.
Children with dyslexia need structure, repetition, and support. Mrs Wordsmith is designed to provide just that. The added supports of hilarious images and child-friendly definitions make learning more attractive than traditional literacy programmes.
- Start with the workbook by reviewing the illustration and the main word together. Read the word aloud, noticing elements of the picture that reinforce the meaning of the word.
- Read the definition. Talk about other ways the word might be used.
- Take a look at the word map. You’ll see the main word surrounded by other words. Some of them are synonyms, and some of them are words that are commonly paired with the main word. Do the activities orally together with your child. Point to the words as you read them.
- When your child is ready, let them circle the synonyms and draw lines to the words that make the best pairs.
The most important aspect of the process is building knowledge of the word in terms of what it means and how it looks. This way, the word will not be as mysterious when they encounter it later during reading.