Retention of information is a challenge for my daughter. She picks up concepts really quickly, particularly maths concepts, but then forgets them in record time too!
So typically, this is what happens:
She learns a new concept, I celebrate the fact she took record time to understand the new idea, faster than her peers even (yay!), we do practice questions, she answers all the questions flawlessly – Job done. A week later I present her with a question from the topic and she stares blankly at the question and at me. “Have we done this topic Mummy”? she asks.
I’ve read and understood that retention is a challenge for dyslexics and that learning for them involves repetition, more repetition and even more repetition.
As we well know, this makes learning times tables a near on impossibility. We’ve tried everything – books, apps, practice sheets etc. She learns and she forgets.
Someone recommended singing timetables to me. So I searched amazon and there they were. The music is a bit cheesy and the voices a bit odd, but they seem to be working. We’ve learned 5’s and 3’s so far. I’m encouraged. Its super early days, but I’m hoping this will be the solution. We’ve got 10 more tables to go.
Wish me luck – I will keep you all posted.
Try them out, these are the ones I have.