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Lisa Gibbs - Tutor

Reading and Writing for Kindergarten through 4th Grade.



Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to the first blog post for my new site! I’m very excited to begin writing this blog, to help parents better understand how their children learn to read and write.

I thought I’d like to give you the opportunity to ask questions about your own child’s learning. Towards that end, I’ve created a form that will allow you to ask me questions that I can answer on this blog. Naturally, I won’t use any names. All questions will remain anonymous. But I thought this would be a good way to allow you to participate. And I love discussing the reading and writing process!

Of course, since my blog is brand new, I don’t have any questions to answer yet. So I’ve decided to answer a question I get asked frequently by parents - What’s wrong with encouraging a child to “sound out” a word? If you click on the next post on the blog page, you can read my answer.

I hope you enjoy what I’ve written so far. And please, write to me and ask me your own questions. I’d be delighted to try to answer them!



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My child confuses the letters d and b. Is he dyslexic?

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 1:25 PM

      As a reading teacher, I have been asked this question many times. When a child has trouble learning how to read, many parents wonder if a learning disability might be causing the problem. Parents often see their child confusing the letters d and b, or reading reversible words like was as saw, and wonder if this might caused by dyslexia.

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"Sound it out!" "Sound it out!"

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 3:50 PM

How many times have I asked a child who had come to an unknown word what he or she could do to figure it out, only to hear these words – “I could sound it out.” How many times have I seen a child struggling unsuccessfully to “sound out” an unknown word?

Why is “sounding it out” the one str...

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