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remedial reading programs

remedial reading programs

I chose to take my 8th grader out of public school. He is currently on a 5th grade reading/spelling level. I would like to spend this year bringing his reading level up. Any suggestions as to programs. Thank you

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honestly, probably just letting him read lots, and reading books together.
Rod and Staff makes a remedial reading course for olders kids.

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Do you know if his issues are decoding or comprehension or fluency. Those are all 3 separate things and you would need to pinpoint what needs to be done to remediate each one.

For decoding issues The Rod and Staff Developing Better reading is a cheap and easy solution. Fluency on the other hand would be fixed by doing as the PP suggested and just read, read, read.

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I hear 'ya. My son is about the same age and is reading and spelling levels are very low (math too, ugh!!)...I actually don't know what levels they are. I had gotten a lot of advice on things to try at the WTM site. Here are a few suggestions:

Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons
http://www.righttrackreading.com/backtrackdetails.html

Phonics for Reading
http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=phonics+for+reading&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCN&nav_search=1&cms=1

http://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/detail.asp?title=PhonicsReading
(newer edition just this year....*sigh*, I have the older one that's at CBD)

I have both of these.....I really like Back on the Right Track, but it makes heavy use of tiles that you make yourself (which are great), but I think it will end up being a hinderance for my son because he'll just fool around with them. He generally doesn't like manipulatives and just wants to get on with the lesson to get it over with (if he had the tiles he'd be stacking them, etc and basically driving me INSANE!). But, again.....I really like that program. So, right now we are using Phonics for Reading. The first PFR book starts out very easy and he's zipping through (usually 2 or 3 lessons at a time....it will slow up soon). We aren't too far along, but I do see improvement.

Spelling for us is a MAJOR problem. I'm thinking once he gets further along in PFR, then I might use parts of Back on the Right Track for the spelling lists. I'll probably have him try using the tiles then and see how it goes. I'm hoping once he reads better and fills in missing phonics gaps that this will help him with his spelling (please!!). Another program recommended to me:

Rewards
http://store.cambiumlearning.com/ProgramPage.aspx?parentId=019005266&functionID=009000008&pID=REWARDS&site=sw

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Thank you all soooo much. I don't feel as lost now. I will give those programs a try.

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I can't say enough good things about Saxon Phonics Intervention! It is designed for older kids, so it isn't cartoonish or dumbed down or anything. And it is SO easy to use. Every day's lessons are laid right out for you. It made an incredible difference for my son with dyslexia. We used it when he was in sixth grade.

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Spalding. It teaches dc to read by teaching them to spell--two birds with one stone, as it were--as well as covering penmanship, capitalization and punctuation, and simple writing. It can be your whole English course for the year (and you'd see improvements pretty darn quick).

www.spalding.org

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If you ds is already reading on a 5th grade reading level, then the more basic phonic programs may not be the answer (he is already beyond that and able to read). You might want to try something like Megawords. It is intended for grades 4+ (there are eight levels). Megawords can be used to strengthen/improve decoding skills (also known as "word attack) which could propel your dc to a higher reading level. Some also use Megawords as their core spelling program as well. You can buy it from Rainbow Resource (and CBD carries it too)...

http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1282707719-851125&subject=8&category=1909

I also really like Sequential Spelling by AVKO, which is what I'm using with my ds (who's most likely dyslexic). For him, this program seems to work really well.

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