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  1. I love the All about Reading and we also use Abeka Academy Accredited which comes with different readers! I agree that sometimes if a child isn’t interested in what their reading then it becomes difficult for them but find them a book they are interested in and you get a whole new perspective of their reading! I think that making a child feel like they should be above where they really should be is very hurtful to a child..homeschooling is a great advantage because they can learn at their own pace. Thanks for an awesome post!

  2. My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old. She wasn’t writing letters backwards, actually she never has, and has profound dyslexia which is why she was diagnosed so young. Her IQ is well above average but it took a year when she was 7 yrs old just to help her really know her alphabet and their sounds. We used All About Reading (at 8 yrs old we made it 1/4 of the way through the book in a year and I couldn’t handle the tears anymore) and Reading Horizons but neither helped her very much. At 10 she is starting to read but is still at an early 2nd grade level and its so very hard! She is now in a dyslexic school because I realized I don’t know how to teach her.

    Sue Barton is another great resource for those looking for help. She has a diagnostic test on her website that might help someone realize if dyslexia is why their child is struggling. Its a life long struggle. There’s a great documentary on Netflix about dyslexia too.

    I hope this helps someone!! 🙂

  3. Thank you for this! My second child struggled for 2 LONG years to be able to read on her own. I wish I had known these things when I was teaching her!

    I’m currently teaching my 3rd child to read, and because of my experience with my second child, I have taken it much much slower. He is finally able to read sentences fluently – at age 9! Homeschooling gave us the flexibility to do this at HIS pace!

  4. I would like to add that VISION is so much more than just how well your child sees (visual acuity) but also how well your child uses vision as they interact with the world around them (functional vision). Vision problems related to eye teaming, eye focusing, coordinated eye movements, processing, and perceptual skills went undiagnosed for my son until he was 10 years old. Even though he had regular visual screenings with pediatricians and eye doctors, they each overlooked a congenital disorder until we finally saw a Neuro-Developmental Optometrist. Vision disorders sometimes mimic symptoms of ADHD or ADD, so if your child has attention issues, it’s also important to have a comprehensive visual evaluation. In our experience, functional vision problems were greatly improved through vision therapy exercises. And it made such a difference with struggles in reading.

  5. My grandson who will be 8 in a few weeks is not reading. Has been held back twice. So he’s still in 1st grade.
    His self esteem is crashing. Where he refuses to go out for a play date But he can spend hours playing with legos. He has an 11 year old brother who is also dyslexic but has found his passion in algebra Unfortunately they fight all the time

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