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  1. I’m using All about Reading for my two oldest (almost 5 and 6) and it really is a perfect reading curriculum for boys who need to move around. I love that it’s so hands-on and the activities are different every day. My middle son – like your son – would probably have been labeled ADHD as well and AAR works for him…I break it down into shorter lessons and it takes us FOREVER (like, several days) to get through a lesson, but he really, really wants to learn to read and this is working well!

  2. My ds6 is just the same way! I want to use AAR or AAS but I don’t know which. To be honest, he taught himself to read before I had an opportunity to get a formal program. I laid the groundwork with teaching sounds and how to blend, but that was it. And so he can read and reads well. So….should I skip over AAR and start AAS instead? Thanks for any input! 🙂

  3. Stephanie you hit the nail on the head here! I have a son JUST LIKE YOURS. The doctors have said that he was ADHD and suggested medication which we declined. I have been so worried because he is in first grade and does not take any initiative to read. He despises it! I was home schooled and we were always made to sit down and do formal lessons. I like that you reminded me that homeschooling is all about doing it how it works for my kids! I am definitely going to be checking into the above resources. Does the All about Reading actually go into teaching him words? I am using Alpha Omega home school curriculum and all they have him doing is phonics. I know that is a major thing for him to learn I just feel like he should be working on “words” not just sounds in first grade.

  4. My 6th is a totally easily distracted boy. He’s later learning to read than my other children, but I know this is due to my busyness with his older siblings and their school and his inability to stay focused. This summer we’ve been spending one-on-one time together for about thirty minutes in total and his reading has exploded. We do different short activities so he stays focused. If he starts to fade I release him to run around for a while. He always comes back refreshed and ready to study. Every day he reads short books to me. It really is all about keeping it short and interesting and letting him wiggle. He would never make it in a formal schooling situation.

  5. Oh my goodness! I just started “All About Reading” with my second child and was just telling my husband how I wished I had done it last year with our first child. I had no idea they had an “All About Spelling program”. Here is a question for you – My oldest is in First grad and I have been using Abeka with him for spelling and language (which he really is not enjoying anymore). Do you think it would still work to switch over next year? Or possibly even this year?

    1. There are very few homeschool curriculums that I am not fond of. Abeka is one of them. But more importantly, if your son isn’t fond of it, why not switch now? You can start it anytime and move at any pace!

  6. We have an “always going” little boy as well. I just wanted to share that changing his diet made a HUGE difference. We cut out all artificial food dyes, flavors and preservatives and had a new kid. Check out Feingold diet for more info….though you don’t have to do their program (all the work is just done for you…so it’s easier) =D Thanks for this post…we are using and loving AAS and AAR.

  7. Oh this is my 6yo! My bigger boys aren’t like this and I came from a family of four sisters so this level of energy is new to me. I come to the end of many days DONE with this child, praying for the patience to get him to bed without losing my cool (again) with him. He will sit and do math for hours and then sneak off at “reading and writing” time. He is my muscle, a man’s man. I really try to play on that during the day but a lot of time I don’t have the energy or thought process to engage him in such a different way. That’s how I found your article…looking for ways to engage him productively during the day.

  8. My oldest is going into kindergarten next year (so I am a total newb compared to all of you) and I have been really stressing about what on earth I am going to do for kindergarten. We’ve done mostly learning through play and we’ll still use that as she is still young, but I also wanted some curriculum to help us stay focused and organized. It’s been hard to pick one; I have a girl that can keep up with the boys with her energy level (or even give them a run for their money). She’s been writing her name since before three, and since three has known her letters and mostly could remember her phonics. With my help she could write out words as we sounded them out together. So I thought she was totally ready to try “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” at four. My inexperienced self did not know she was way too young 🙁 We stopped at lesson 8 when she started acting depressed about it. I have apologized to her for trying it too young and I pray to God to redeem the experience (I was just reading that if you try to teach them something too young that it rewires their brains in a negative way. Praying for God’s grace and mercy on that!) She has struggled to remember things she previously knew, but I’ve also struggled to review as our family has been through a lot of transition.
    We may try that book again after she turns five, but I am really intrigued by All About Spelling and how a lot of you say it works for high energy children. I’m definitely going to look more into it!

  9. A month ago, I would have thought you were crazy to delay school. But then I read about Finland. They were marked as the #1 country for education a few years ago and they wait for formal education until age 7. I think you still need to teach basic skills like counting, colors and such. I would also read to my child a bunch and hopefully, he would begin to read sight words and understand about text.

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