how could i teach my son to read

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Dena - posted on 07/22/2014

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Hi Tracey,

I am not sure, But please see if this Learning Reading program can be helpful or not:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORxnTked1g8

Tracey - posted on 07/07/2014

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I agree. My seven year-old struggled with reading, but passed everything in Kindergarten but because his teacher thought that since he was not progressing, she failed him; retained him. Immediately, I took him to online schooling and they tested him- he passed Kindergarten and missed one out of 20 in first grade testing. I know for him, he got b's and d's confused, and also 7's and 9's in math. I'm working with him, and I'm having him tested by his doctor to see if he has any learning disabilities, but for now, the new school has a totally different perspective, only fail a child if they are failing all over, and not for one subject. Summer school was not offered to us, nor did they tell me anything throughout the year, only in the last few weeks did they say he may need to be retained. My husband is outraged, and given his birthday, he wasn't five when he started by turned six (his birthday is in October) so he just turned seven and I will do anything to have him pass- he's not struggling in every subject, but reading is difficult for him. Long ago the K teacher told me that Indiana's format has changed- that K learns first grade, and first learns second... etc. It's not just the ABC's, but second grade work by the end of the K-year. I detest that school. Ugh! Tracey

Chet - posted on 07/07/2014

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Has your son been assessed for learning disabilities? Most kids will stop reversing letters, or mixing up letters like b and d, by the end of grade 2... or before they're eight. If your son is still doing this you should confirm that he doesn't have dyslexia.

Chet - posted on 07/07/2014

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It would be useful to know what kind of program / method the tutor is using. Maybe talk to the tutor about what you can do with your son at home to complement the work he does at tutoring.

I agree about reading to your son regularly. If he is open to reading with you during reading sessions like Julie Dillon suggested you should do that, but if he's not, don't push it. Being read to is hugely valuable on it's own. It increases vocabulary and general knowledge, and it helps children learn to anticipate the next word. It also helps kids to enjoy books and stories, and to see value in reading. Even is you do some shared reading I would continue to have some time where you read books above his level for pleasure alone.

If you son wants to do shared reading where you take turns pick easier books that he can succeed with. Our 8.5 and 10 year old girls think the Elephant & Piggie series is really funny even though they're a grade 1 level. A lot of Dr. Sueus Beginner Books are enjoyable even though they are earlier readers. His tutor should be able to recommend books.

People sometimes get very hung up on sounding out words, but often what kids need to get over the hump is a solid foundation with sight words. If you look up Dolch Sight Words you will get a list of high frequency words that make up the majority of mainstream text. The idea is that by knowing 300 or so very basic by sight you will know most of the words you need to know to read... the others you can use phonics, and other clues, to figure out.

One thing I did with our older son was play memory and matching games with sight words written on cards to speed up his recognition. If you want to do work sheets, and your son is open to that, sight words worksheets could be useful.

Another thing I've done is work with the kids on contextual or environment print. So make a grocery list and have him find and cross the words off as you shop. Show him the milk, point to the word milk on the carton. and ask him to cross the word milk off on the list. Have him look for stop or exit signs, or the signs for stores and streets.

Again though, I wouldn't push a particular activity is he resists it. There are lots of creative ways to work on reading skills, and using methods he doesn't enjoy can really spoil his chance to enjoy reading in the long term.

Some school districts start reading instruction really early - age 4 or 5. Other schools don't start until kids are 7. Depending on your son's grade and reading level he might not be considered behind in certain schools. Some children just aren't ready to start reading until they are 7 or 8 and they are older when they become fluent.

Julie - posted on 07/06/2014

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Start with reading TOGETHER 30 minutes a day. (bedtime is best for me). Start with you reading to him, then then next night, have him read a line or two, then progress to you read one page and he reads a page. After a few weeks to months, he should be reading the story to you :) Help sound out as needed, ask questions that engage his thought about the story. Make it an interactive, shared experience. Choose books that peak his interest, not yours. Less focus on "learning" to read, and more focus on being in the present with your son....priceless :)

Chet - posted on 07/06/2014

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Does he recognize some words? Can you give an example of a book that he is able to read on his own?

Again, how does your son feel about reading?

Do you know what sort of training the tutor has or what program the tutor is using?

Chet - posted on 07/05/2014

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Is the tutor using a particular program? Do you know what level your son's reading is at? Does your son have any type of diagnosis? How does he feel about his reading level?

Sorry... I just need more information before I can really answer.

Anika - posted on 07/05/2014

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He is eight years . Right now I have him with a tutor but not getting the results needed

Chet - posted on 07/04/2014

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How old is your son? Is he interested in learning to read? Has he tried to learn to read and had trouble?

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