How well does your child read?

Kelly - posted on 01/20/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son is 7-years-old and in 2nd grade in public school. He is the youngest in his class and he's been struggling with reading since 1st grade. His school is very proactive. He's in Title 1. He has one-on-one tutoring that adds up to an hour a day 4 days a week. His grades are good. The school wants him tested for a learning disability. I'm on the fence about that. I think it's going to "click" and he'll eventually be as fluent as they want him to be. His biggest trouble is sounding out words he doesn't know and then losing comprehension because he has to stop reading. That said, he's made great progress in the last 8 weeks. I think if they give him some more time he will catch up. I feel like my kid is the only kid who isn't reading Harry Potter at age 7. Can you share success stories from your own kids struggling and then soaring? I'd love to hear them! Thanks!


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User - posted on 12/13/2012




It is good that the tutoring is helping. And you're not alone! When my daughter tried to read she would cry and get extremely upset run and hide. Like you, I too thought that soon it would just 'click'. Then when she turnd 8 I really began to worry! Both our 6 & 8 yr old children were having trouble sounding out words. The best I can do is share what has helped both of our children.

After much research we decided on Easyread by Oxford Learning Systems. I read their "7 Reasons for Reading & Spelling Difficulty" and I knew I had found something special. Bottom line is that Easyread has been a tremendous help to our 6 & 8 yr old. Their reading has improved and there is much less frustration. And they are showing and interest in reading and finding it easier and easier to sound out words. And they are doing it more and more on their own.

Easyread lessons takes only 15 min/day 4-5 days/week. I wholeheartedly recommend this program. Please check out Easyread's website and try the free lesson. Yes, it will seem simple, but it is very effective.

.Most of our schooling based on being able to read so when reading is hard school is difficult. And who of us wants to do something we are not good at and find difficult!

Keep us posted as to his progess. And don't ever give up!

Chelanne - posted on 04/19/2012




Does the school have a strong phonics program? Both my children were reading at the end of kindergarten just learning the basic phonograms in school. I spent the summer between K and 1 allowing them to read to me each day. All the school did was drill them each day. By early first grade, all the kids read.

I believe these are the cards/system they used at my children's school. I drilled and practiced some with them at home. It is fun and easy. They did sign language with it. At their school, they actually continued to review these phonograms through 4th grade, though less and less intense each year.

A lot of learning to read is practice, practice, practice once the child has his phonics down. My blog talks a lot about early reading and good books which you might also find helpful.

Carol - posted on 01/23/2012




My oldest son learned to read on his own by 4. I spent a lot of time with him reading alphabet books and baby books to longer books as he got older. He just kind of got it. Fast forward to baby number 2 and I was tired and reading geared mainly to my older son. My younger son liked the older books and so I never sat down and did the alphabet things with him. He couldn't even read the whole alphabet when he started kindergarten which is really sad considering I homeschooled at the time. I picked up Hooked on Phonics and started him on the Pre-K level. We finished the 6th grade level the day before he turned 6. I love Hooked on Phonics!!! It worked so well for him and just made a lot of sense the way it was set up.

Now both kids are in public school and I co-chair a reading program. I wish we could do Hooked on Phonics with them, but it's too expensive for the classroom curriculum that we'd have to buy to use it legally in a public school. I hate that they give us kindergarteners to help. I think that reading is like riding a bike or potty training - when a kid is ready it clicks. Anything before that just frustrates everyone involved. It sounds like your son is at the point where the light bulb is going on - I love when this happens! Just working with him at home a little each day will do wonders. A phonics program would help guide you (Amazon is great!), but if you don't have the money for that, level appropriate books from the library are free. Ask the librarian or your son's teacher for recommendations.

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