my 12 year old can't read, please help

Hannah - posted on 10/31/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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HI my 12 year old boy can not read and write and he doesn't know math , I was depending on his school to help him because I goes to work and don't have the time to teach him after all these years now I found my child cannot read and write he likes to but it's difficult because all the years lessons has been moving and he don't understand a word the school was keeping him moving from class to class when I realized that he is catching difficulties reading I talked to them they said they will help but they kept him in the class without paying any attention to him , he tells me they just can't let him participate even a friend teacher told me that she brought this to the his teacher attention that the boy should be participating she said she don't have the time to ask him to participate , now I went to many schools to help but I found up that I will be the best person to help him as I am not working now and I can have time to do that , please can someone help me what to do , where to start , books I can start with , online one to one Skype or any teacher that can help , I am feeling very bad , I feel that it's my fault , please help me what to do.

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Guest - posted on 10/31/2014

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Hey, there is a book called "Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons" by Sigfried Englemann and Phyllis Haddox. You can get the newest one on Amazon for about $18, or the older one (which is the one I use) for about $9.

This reading program is based on the DISTAR program used to teach underprivileged kids who have fallen through the system to read, but it is redesigned for one on one teaching. It is VERY simple and very effective. I use it to teach in a literacy program where I volunteer. I have used it for people of all ages, from 4 years old up to middle aged adults, and I've never had anyone who was not reading proficiently by the end of the 100 lessons. The lessons are very short--5 to 20 minutes per day. It is important to do every single lesson in order, and not to go to fast. It may be tempting to skip some of the beginning lessons which are very easy, or to try to squeeze in two or more lessons on days when the lessons are very short, but do not do that. The brain needs the break in between the lessons to process the information into long term memory properly. Also, try not to skip days if you can--you can skip weekends if you need to, but it is best if you do a lesson every day.

I don't have any advice on math...sorry.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/31/2014

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Your son is 12, and you are JUST NOW realizing that he's struggling?

It is NOT entirely up to the teachers and the schools...YOU have to participate in his learning, and be active in helping him with his lessons.

Get him some tutors, and be prepared to WORK hard on getting him up to speed.

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