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June 20th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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My DH has a nephew with some pretty significant behavior problems. He was kicked out of summer day care his 2nd day, so I've agreed to take him for the summer. I'm one of the few that can handle him. Today I discovered that he can't read. AT ALL. He doesn't know any words, none. Not even "hat" or "line". So, I called my DH to tell his brother that DN should be in summer school and not at home with me. They know he can't read. Aren't upset by the fact that he got promoted to the 3rd grade, or that that the school claims he reads on a 1st grade level. It's no level. The school not only promoted him, but did so without requiring him to go to summer school. I'm fuming, but the only one. I don't know how they expect him to learn to read AND learn to do the things 3rd graders do. As a librarian, reading is my "thing".

I taught reading as a 4th grade Spec Ed. Resource teacher, but that was many many moons ago, and I had great classroom resources. I thought about you guys and hoped perhaps you could suggest a not so expensive program I could use to at least get him on some reading level this summer.
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June 20th, 2007, 07:21 PM
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I used "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". It has worked great for us.
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June 20th, 2007, 07:34 PM
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Does he want to learn to read? Even though he is getting a late start it probably won't make a difference... he will likely catch up with grade level relatively quickly if he is motivated to learn.

I also use 100 Easy Lessons, but the scripted lessons might be too "cheesy" for an older child. Does he know any phonics? You might begin reviewing the name of each letter and the sound(s) it makes. At the same time introduce some of the Dolche list sight words. Both the phonics and the sight words could be studied using homemade flashcards. From there you can begin with easy readers from the library. If he cooperates, that should give him a foundation to start with, and it would be free.
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June 20th, 2007, 07:54 PM
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Since this thread double posted and I responded to the other and I don't want it to get lost, I have heard that Reading Reflex is good for remedial with older kids (not too babyish) and it's cheap too.
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June 20th, 2007, 08:51 PM
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No, he doesn't know Phonics either. I think he's motivated to learn. I think I'll work on sight words and phonics. Thanks so much for the suggestion.
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June 21st, 2007, 07:06 AM
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My 8 year old is not the best reader - but he can read. I just wish it was better. Sounds like your nephew got by on the good old "no child left behind" act. You wouldn't BELIEVE the number of kids in the ps system who can't read. There was a boy last year that was in 6th grade getting ready to go on to middle school. He was trying to read a book in a round robin group and I had to help him with every other word. He even stammered on words like "an" and "as." He also had no learning disability and no other known issues. The school just passed him on. When asked why, the principal told me that the no child left behind act dictates that a child can't be held back unless the PARENTS hold him back. Often times, parents just don't care or realize that passing a child for social reasons, even though he can't read, will doom that child all the way through school - heck and LIFE. It is a sad, sad truth that comes with the public school system.

I have also head that, after a certain age, reading is no longer a skill that the child can really pick up without a LOT of hard work. And then they still may never be a fluent reader.
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June 21st, 2007, 12:46 PM
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Ugh...well that is what forced dumbed down mass schooling gets us. And it is even worse when the parents aren't even concerned. SAD!

My suggestion is http://ordinaryparents.com/ I used this with Eli and had great results. Have fun showing him how to teach himself to read.
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