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Old 11-05-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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Please help me figure out what I need to try to get my son to read. I am struggling, he is struggling and every time I think we are getting somewhere, it turns out we are not.

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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We use Hooked on Phonics mixed up with a few sight words a week. After a few other trial and error programs it's going REALLY well. My little guy would much rather work on math all.day.long than read but now he is really starting to enjoy being able to sound things out.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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We use Hooked on Phonics mixed up with a few sight words a week. After a few other trial and error programs it's going REALLY well. My little guy would much rather work on math all.day.long than read but now he is really starting to enjoy being able to sound things out.
Both of my kids LOVE Hooked on Phonics! I don't see that many other people talk about it but it has worked so well for us. We have the full Learn to Read program and DS1 should be finished with K this month so we'll just keep moving on to the next levels. We do super short lessons with HOP, like 10 min total. Heck, we do super short lessons on pretty much everything but DS1 thinks the stories are funny and loves the DVD's. DS1 also loves math but I think part of why HOP works so well for him is that it's been the exact same structure all the way through. He knows how the books work and knows what to expect each day. We tried 100 easy lessons and he was so overwhelmed by the size of the book. He had zero interest in it.
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That is Alex, he loves math and hates reading. He gets mad, cries and over all will not try. I don't know what to do.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #5
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We're in the same boat with my DS. In case you haven't already, I would get him an eye exam. Turned out that DS needed glasses. But he is still struggling, and I really think he is dyslexic. Is there any specific issues your son is having? It may not be that he is not wanting to try, but just that he really doesn't understand it. I would try to see if something else is going on before worrying about switching programs. We've tried HOP and MFW and it's still not going so well for us. I am planning on calling his ped today to see about what we need to do as far as possible dyslexia.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:22 PM   #6
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I wouldn't sweat it. Just read to him a lot, and he will pick it up in his own time. Let him choose some of the books (even if you've read them a thousand times), enjoy the stories, and try to forget the pressure of making him read by a certain point. Kids who learn later often excel in reading comprehension.

If you really want to try a new program, I highly recommend PAL Reading and Writing from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW: excellenceinwriting dot com).

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I wouldn't sweat it. Just read to him a lot, and he will pick it up in his own time. Let him choose some of the books (even if you've read them a thousand times), enjoy the stories, and try to forget the pressure of making him read by a certain point. Kids who learn later often excel in reading comprehension.

If you really want to try a new program, I highly recommend PAL Reading and Writing from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW: excellenceinwriting dot com).

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We do read a lot. He has some Mickey mouse books that he loves and read them over and over and over lol.

He also loves animal science, we read animal books all the time. He retains the knowledge about the animals fine but doesn't recognize words.
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I would read & read book til my oldest could help me & still do but now my oldest can sound out so I play stupid more when we have time to read.fun books he/she interested in helps.
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Already did the eye exam, he needed glasses.

I thought maybe he was dyslexic also but he is starting to outgrow some of what he was doing ( like writing things backwards, writing from right to left instead of left to write, starting from the bottom when wring instead of the top ). He seems to forget what he learns ( only when reading ), like we were reading **** and Jane books, he would read the whole thing really well for a week so I started another book, he would know some of the words in the new book but others that I thought he knew, he wouldn't. He gets mad when I ask him to sound something out, we went through the whole alphabet today and I asked him what every letter sound was, he did it fine but then when reading he could not tell me what sound H made.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #10
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Already did the eye exam, he needed glasses.

I thought maybe he was dyslexic also but he is starting to outgrow some of what he was doing ( like writing things backwards, writing from right to left instead of left to write, starting from the bottom when wring instead of the top ). He seems to forget what he learns ( only when reading ), like we were reading **** and Jane books, he would read the whole thing really well for a week so I started another book, he would know some of the words in the new book but others that I thought he knew, he wouldn't. He gets mad when I ask him to sound something out, we went through the whole alphabet today and I asked him what every letter sound was, he did it fine but then when reading he could not tell me what sound H made.
I went through this phase with my son as well. It lasted a few months and was terribly frustrating. So much that I quit working on reading and went back to basic phonics with him. I slowly brought back in CVC words and it started clicking. But still slower than I thought it would be. The biggest help for us was really emphasizing the vowel sounds. Even tonight with his reading, he was getting stopped up on any word that started with "hi," such as "hill, hip or him." It's weird because he easily reads "till, tip and tim" or "hall, hap or ham" but that /hi/ sound is throwing him a curve ball. And yes, we read made up words too to help push the phonetic rules. They think it's hilarious!

We play a lot of games and I try to make sure that reading continues to be fun. I'll be honest, when they're frustrated, it makes mommy frustrated too. I'm learning so much patience from this child! Take a deep breath and try not to let your frustrations show to him. Even though it feels like he's not trying, he is learning something from the experience and you want it to remain positive.
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