Many kids are going to summer camp.
One camp at Pittsburg State University is designed to prevent reading failure for the kids.
The Secret Codes Camp is hosted by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia.
On Tuesday, fifth grader Kaleb Lee rattled off as many words from a list as he could. It’s what they call the Madminute. A baseline test of fluency and understanding. Reading is sometimes a struggle.
Kaleb said, "I do my best. If I don’t know a word, I might ask somebody."
His mom says he was getting a little behind in school and won’t read for pleasure.
Brenda Lee worried, "He loves science and math, but you give him information on it, and he’s easily bored."
One in five students struggles with dyslexia or difficulty reading.
“Ah, ah, ah, zz, zz, zz. Those are both voice sounds,” explains PSU graduate assistant and camp instructor Megan Van Wey.
Kaleb and others are taking part in secret codes camp where the goal is to become a more competent and efficient reader and it starts with letter sounds before letter names.
Van Wey said, "That the letters make to help them put those sounds together into words."
Linguistic building blocks.
Kaleb’s mom likes that it goes back to the beginning. She said, “They use sound instead of saying the alphabet at all. And they go back to the very beginning, so in case he missed something along the way, hopefully, he’ll get it this time.”
Dr. David Hurford says the secret code curriculum is a different approach to the English writing system which is difficult to learn.
"We have nine different ways to represent the long e sound,” said Hurford. He added, "The English writing system produces the highest level of adult illiteracy of any writing system."
It’s even tougher for those with dyslexia which he says is the inability to connect sound to print.
“It’s a real challenge if you're neurological system wasn’t built to read more easily. It’s gonna be way more challenging.”
He’s written a book on it to help those with dyslexia understand their own struggle. It includes a list of famous actors, authors and movie producers who live with dyslexia. It includes Stephen Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston. Hurford said, “It's not related to intelligence at all.”
The center for READing is open year round and Dr. Hurford’s curriculum has been adopted by some school districts. He calls it an inoculation to reading failure.
Hurford said, “In the fifth day of instruction, they’re actually reading words… And so, their confidence builds up and it’s fun to do something you've struggled to do.”
It’s a patented curriculum and Kaleb’s mom says, "I have high hopes ."
While the camp has started. It will accept more registrations this week.
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