Ds had his hearing checked today which is good. His eye site was also checked and the nurse can see he is struggling with the visual acuity chart so has referred him to the optometrist. Will see what comes out of that. Could explain a lot.
That's really interesting KG that his eyesight may not be perfect. I've seen the difference glasses can make to a child's learning, esp when problems go undiagnosed for years.
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Haven't read all the posts but the main thing is reading to him. Let him point to the words as you read them. Ask him questions about what the book was about and let him ask you lots of questions if he wants to. Look at and discuss the pictures. Re-read books so he becomes familiar with them. Even remembering repetition is early reading. Learn letters and sounds!!! That's the biggest thing that will help. He doesn't need to know the 100 high frequency words before reading but learning them gradually will improve his ability. As you move through the PM books they'll appear a lot. Don't go up to a new level until he can read over 90% of the words and can also tell you what happened in the story and answer simple questions (not given like a test though just in general conversation). Encourage him to spell out the words and blend the letters together - model this for him and he'll copy your lead. Let him have a go before you give him the answer but don't let him struggle for ages with a word because it detracts from enjoying the book. You can take turns reading pages if he's finding it tricky.
Biggest thing is knowing his letters and sounds and then practising blending letters together cause with phonetically spelt words that will really help. Also using picture cues isn't cheating so if he does that it's fine - he's using his initiative and understanding that the pictures go with the story.
Just don't rush him through the levels. Every child will learn to read and will get there. They all go at their own pace! I have taught a number of children that are great at reading but have no comprehension because it was treated as a race to improve sight words!
I believe more in teaching and learning at home because I'm with my child all the time and understand his needs better. Perhaps you can too!
I'm happy to share how I taught my child to read and the materials I used:
When were out and about I'll ask him to read the road signs, when shopping he'll read the packaging. We always make a point of reading a bedtime story.
It take's time and patience to teach before you can expect results. Good luck!
I teach DD online after school. It's teacher recommended, cute and challenging. DD rather does 9 hours of the worksheets than watch 1 minute of t.v.
Hooked On Phonics. Had great success with it. When they started school, they were miles ahead of the rest of the kids.
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