If you strike a woman, you strike a rock
This prominent phrase was adapted from the song which was sung by 20 000 strong, fearless and committed women on the 9th of August 1956. Wathint’Abafazi Wathinti’imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock). These brave women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. They marched in peace and with dignity to protest against the legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas.
The courage, strength and ever inspiring show of female camaraderie that these women displayed on that day sixty years ago, deserves both our respect and recognition. Hence the public holiday on the 9th as well as the month of August pays tribute to the women of our nation, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, we salute you!
And we who are young, salute our mothers
Who have given us
The heritage of their queendom!!
Gcina Mhlophe, Extract from “Praise To Our Mothers”
Dyslexia is commonly associated with reading difficulties. Some doctors, specialists and educators may even refer to it as a “reading disorder”. But it can also affect writing, spelling and even speaking.
Dyslexia and Reading
Children with dyslexia often need extra help in developing several skills needed for successful reading comprehension.
These skills are:
- Connecting letters to sounds:Children have to learn that each letter of the alphabet is associated with a certain sound or sounds, also known as phonics.
- Decoding text:The method of sounding out words is known as “decoding.” Once your child can decode individual words, they can then start to make sense of entire sentences.
- Recognizing “sight” words:The ability to read a familiar word at a glance without having to sound it out is called “word recognition.” The more words kids can recognize by sight, the faster they’ll be able to read.
- Understanding the text:Typical readers can remember what they’ve just read. They can summarize it and recall specific details. Readers with dyslexia can get bogged down sounding out individual words. This interrupts the flow of information and makes it harder to understand and relate the new material to what they already know.
Dyslexia and Speaking
A child with dyslexia can have trouble remembering, recalling and getting out different sound combinations. The word they want to say may be “on the tip of their tongue,” but can’t access the exact sound combination to produce the word.
Your child may say a wrong word that sounds similar to the right one (such as “distinct” instead of “extinct”). Their word-retrieval issues can increase under pressure. Students with dyslexia find word retrieval less challenging when they have more time to respond.
Is your child struggling with some of these skills mentioned above? If so, leave us a message below and we will get back to you.