I have 2 sons still at school at
home. The elder of the 2 is 14 y/o.
His reading is still very limited, but is really
wanting to read. I would say his level is
about gd 2-3. He has had major speech
problems in his early years. Even now he
does not trust his words to tell us exactly what
he is meaning.
I am sure you know the
problem of wanting to read, but not wanting baby
I was wondering if I could
suggest the best way that I could help him.
I was looking at your keyboarding lessons.
Our son finds Mavis Beacon too hard. I
have been using an old typing book that I had
when I went to school. (remember typewriters?)
He finds this better. Your typing method
while teaching reading seems to be good.
I do need spelling books and
was wondering what else you would suggest.
I am trying to do it with a limited budget and
would like to spend money wisely.
will help your son a great deal both in
learning the keyboard and in learning the
patterns of English spelling.
Word Families in
is a great little method of learning all
kinds of things about reading while
concentrating on specific patterns.
The sentences may check out on a computer
grade level as between 2nd and 3rd grade,
but they are anything but babyish.
want to spend 15 minutes to a half hour a
day, having him practice reading aloud for
expression. The purpose will be to
prepare him for either babysitting kids or
being ready to read to his own kids after he
gets married. Make these books FUN
rhyming books such as Green Eggs and Ham or
Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends
or A Light in the Attic. With these,
you should model for him. You
read a line or a page with great expression
and changing voices. He then either
repeats what you read or reads the
next. Playing with the voice, with the tone
of voice, the pitch and the speed is really
important for the meaning! And for
enjoyment! Teach him to have FUN, FUN,
might also want to have him practice his
handwriting for fifteen minutes a day.
I would recommend using the freebie on our
Starting at Square One.
The important thing is that he is never just
to copy letters that are in words. He
must know the word he is copying, even if it
is only for the moment he knows it because
you told him what the word is.
Dear Mr. McCabe
I have been
looking at your website and I just
don't know where to begin.
My daughter has
been tested and found to be severely
dyslexic. She is almost 10 and can
sound out small words. We homeschool
our older children and want to
continue to homeschool our youngest.
There are no tutors in our area,
that we have found to help us.
Someone referred me to your website
but I just don't know where to
begin. Could you point me in the
Thank you for any
If your child cannot print and write quickly
and smoothly, I would recommend working with
her handwriting, four fifteen minute periods
scattered throughout the day. I would
Let's Write Right
series including the Rhymes and More
Rhymes companion book. If you
can't afford that, you might want to work
with what is on the website and is free,
Starting at Square One.
If you child has access to a computer, she
should learn the proper keyboarding
techniques. Her reading and spelling
can improve with
because it teaches spelling patterns AS she
learns the keyboard. Make sure you
order the freebie that goes along with it
that gives explicit instructions on how to
help a dyslexic.
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