Sometimes we play a spelling game called 'Sparkle'.....

“I’m in 4th grade. Three other people in my class are dyslexic too. My class has 3 reading groups: advanced, middle, and low. I’m in the middle group.

When I was in 1st grade, I found out that I was dyslexic and started tutoring. It worked because of the one-on-one attention, but I didn’t like going after school.

I love writing. Occasionally, I’ll google how to spell something or I’ll ask my friends. If it’s a long writing assignment, I’ll write on the computer. If it’s just a paragraph, I’ll use paper. Typing takes longer for me. For my age, I have amazing handwriting. I’m probably the second best in my class. I can read my own handwriting, but I don’t know what the words are because of my spelling mistakes. When I type it, I can read it.

My teacher knows a few of us are supposed to use the computer for writing, so she always brings a few extra computers to class and says, “Anyone can use the computer.” Then we don’t feel like we are different. I just finished reading the book “Holes.” I wrote a diary from the main character’s perspective. It was 14 pages.

Sometimes we play a group spelling game called ‘Sparkle’. One student picks a word and then the other students have to spell it correctly by having each person in the row provide the next letter in the word. If someone makes a mistake, they have to sit down. I’m pretty good at it. Sometimes I get easy words. One boy always picks really hard words, like ‘Narcissist’. Usually everyone has to sit down because they can’t spell his words.

I love making slime, dancing Jazz, Ballet, and Hip-Hop, and playing the violin. I have an art studio in my basement. I have two guinea pigs named Cooper and Spencer.

I’m great at creative problem solving. When my parents give me two choices, I usually say to them, “Now don’t say ‘NO’ right away…..I have this new idea.” I also like watching Shark Tank. I think two of the Sharks have dyslexia. Yesterday, the business was ‘edible cups’. The cups were gluten free and tasted like candy. All of the sharks wanted to deal with them.

After I graduate from high school, I want to go to Georgetown University. I used to want to be a teacher. Now I want to be a physical therapist. But I don’t want to look at blood.”