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undo the teaching of sight words? Thats what they teach at the school my son goes to. Which from what I have seen and learned makes them terrible spellers because they aren't sounding out the words. I'm going to homeschool half days over the summer and try to undo what they have taught him on that and get him reading properly. So any suggestions would be great...thanks!
How old is he? Just my own personal thought process would be to introduce phonics. I'm not sure if that would be below him though. I really don't have any other suggestions or actually know of a way to undo it.
ETA: I meant to say that he was too old to learn phonics. Is that possible? Anywho, I'm sure they make a phonics program that isn't so "kiddie" if he is a little older.
Intensive phonics removes the dependence upon sight-only recognition. It's a large part of what my mother does in her tutoring for dyslexic children. She does a very intensive phonics program with her kids, and most times within three months they are reading at least a grade level higher than they were when they came to her. By the end of one year in the program, they are often reading at or above their peers reading level, and spelling at or slightly below their peers grade level. Normally a child starting with her is in fifth or sixth grade, and has no more than a grade 1 reading level (often they have no reading level at all), so yes, you CAN correct the look-say method having been taught to him.
She uses the Orton-Gillingham program which has a huge learning curve for the implementer to use it, so unless you want to do a lot of work to learn to use it first, I don't suggest it, lol... it drives me nuts, and I've mostly learned it along side her!! Another program she is really interested in is Spell to Write and Read. She stole my teacher's guide (it's one of my textbooks for college courses at the moment) for about a month and a half and loves it. It seems quite a bit easier to use than Orton-Gillingham, but I'm not sure I want to do that much work. Really though, any intensive phonics program will generally correct most of the look-say method problems, and no child is above phonics instruction, even if they are in 12th grade.
I don't think you can undo it exactly, but what I'd do is teach phonics. Eventually you need some sight words anyway since words like come and was don't sound out phonetically.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside