September Newsletter

Northlake Elementary MTA Program

Meet the Teacher Night - September 22nd

Meet the Teacher Night is this Thursday. The PTA Meeting starts at 6:30 pm followed by the opportunity to meet your child's teachers at 7:00 pm. Please be sure to drop by our room so I can meet you! Hope to see you then.

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, 2002)
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MTA Daily Schedule

Language Awareness- teaches an awareness and history of the English language, our alphabet, and written language.


Alphabet/dictionary- teaches instant letter recognition, alphabetizing skills, and dictionary skills.


Phonological Awareness- time to review letter/sound associations with reading and spelling decks.


New Learning- introduction of spelling or reading patterns.


Reading Practice- students decode and read with accuracy, automaticity, and fluency.


Handwriting Practice- practice letter formation, rhythmic writing, and copying.


Spelling Practice- students practice phonetic spelling, spelling rules, and dictation.


Verbal Expression- time to develop grammar and comprehension concepts.


Review- review new learning, past concepts, procedures, definitions, or rules.


Listening- develops multisensory strategies for increasing comprehension of text.

Dyslexia Resources

Famous Dyslexics

Jennifer Aniston- actress with Dyslexia

Jennifer Aniston wasn't diagnosed with Dyslexia until she was in her twenties. Learning that she had Dyslexia was life-changing. Until then "I thought I wasn't smart. I just couldn't retain anything," she says. "Now I had this great discovery. I felt like all of my childhood trauma-dies, tragedies, dramas were explained."


Below is a link to an interview Jennifer Aniston talking about her Dyslexia.

http://abcnewsgo.com/GMA/video/jennifer-aniston-opens-dyslexic-28398214

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Greetings Parents,

My name is Robyn Dunham, and I will be your child's MTA teacher. I am so excited to be at Northlake! This is my 23rd year of teaching and my first year as a dyslexia teacher. I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. I have loved getting to know your kids. We will be using the Multisensory Teaching Approach or MTA. I will meet with your child on a daily basis. During that time we will go through the MTA schedule. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your child.



Robyn Dunham

Northlake Dyslexia Teacher

robyn.dunham@risd.org