September Dyslexia Newsletter

Farmersville ISD

A Great Start to the Year!

Welcome to the new school year in Farmersville! Things are in full swing.

If you are new to the district, we welcome you. If you are returning, we are so glad that you are back. We've had such a wonderful start to the year in our Dyslexia classes!

We absolutely love seeing all the former students and meeting our new ones!

Farmersville ISD is proud to be a leader in the fields of dyslexia evaluation and remediation. It warms my heart to know our district invests in our students at every level.

Please feel free to reach out to your campus dyslexia therapist and/or district dyslexia personnel for support. There are so many things we can do, and we do better together!

District - Brook Cross

Tatum Elementary - Cassie Long

Intermediate School - Brook Cross, Angelia Moses, Dru Vamvakas

Jr. High and High School - Angelia Moses

What is Dyslexia?

The International Dyslexia Association defines "dyslexia" in the following way:

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2021)

What program do we use?


What is Take Flight?
Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children. Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by institution: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program and TSRH Literacy Program.

What is included in the Take Flight Program for Students?
Take Flight contains the five components of effective reading instruction : Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Reading Comprehension. It is taught using multisensory discover techniques that are intensive, systematic, and sequential.

With Take Flight, students will learn all 44 sounds of the English language, 96 letter – sound correspondence rules and 87 affixes. The student will also learn spelling rules for base words and derivatives. Practice opportunities are also provided that are designed to improve oral reading fluency. Finally, Take Flight introduces comprehension and vocabulary building strategies for both narrative and expository text in the context of oral reading exercises to prepare students for successful, independent reading.

This is how our dyslexic brains learn best

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Progress Reports

These reports give you information on what concepts your child has learned and what concepts are left in order to complete each book. We will send out reports once a 6 weeks with report cards. Some concepts are easy for some and may be hard for others. We move as fast as we can but also as slow as we need to.

Did you Know?

Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. They are deliberately sought after because they have superb problem-solving skills and excellent 3D and spatial awareness.

-Mary Margaret Scholtens

Resources: Three Beneficial Books for Parents and Teachers

Overcoming Dyslexia: Second Edition, Completely Revised and Updated

Sally Shawitz, 2020

Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie Dietzel, 2008

Nowhere to HIde: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It

Jerome J. Schultz, 2011

SAVE THE DATE: September 6th

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Online Resources:

Dyslexia T-shirts

We've had so many ask about our cute shirts that I wanted to share the link if you are interested in ordering one for yourself or even your child. It will printed on light purple and this is the design.

Order yours HERE:

Adult -$23.82


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