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need intensive reading intervention??

Postby abjennings » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:31 pm

My son is in the 4th grade and reads on a 2nd grade level. He has had an IEP for the past 2 years but he is showing little improvement in my eyes. Please recommend a good intensive reading intervention program we can use this summer and next school year. I plan on homeschooling him for the 5th grade. I have searched on the Web and it is all just a blur of info. I hesitate to get any recommendations from his teachers, because, you know,...they are not going to like my plan. Thank you so much.
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Postby Theodore » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:12 pm

The best way to get better at reading is just to do lots of it. Have your son read out loud to you for 10 or 15 minutes a day and correct any mistakes he makes. Also get him interesting books to read (even comic books, if necessary) to get him interested in trying to read on his own.

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Postby Miss_Kristy » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:30 pm

I agree with Theodore on this. There isn't always a prepackaged product for every problem. Good old fashioned practice should help wonders.

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Postby Miguelsmommy » Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:11 am

Try The Magic tree house series. If you can get both the books and research guides, these were the only books that got my son interested in reading.

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Postby Cheryl » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:52 am

Hi-

My son was in the same boat last year. Just finished second grade and had a first grade reading level. This year for third grade we used
Saxon Phonics Intervention. Major, major improvement. At least two grade level improvement. Well worth the money. Very little teacher preparation. Everything you are supposed to say is in bold type, what they're supposed to say is in red.

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Postby elliemaejune » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:01 pm

Well, if your ds's foundation is poor, I don't believe just doing lots of reading will do all that much.

IMHO, the most comprehensive reading/spelling method is Spalding; the manual for the Spalding Method is the Writing Road to Reading. Here's the Web site:

http://www.spalding.org
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Postby abjennings » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:55 pm

elliemaejune wrote:Well, if your ds's foundation is poor, I don't believe just doing lots of reading will do all that much.

IMHO, the most comprehensive reading/spelling method is Spalding; the manual for the Spalding Method is the Writing Road to Reading. Here's the Web site:

http://www.spalding.org


Ds is finishing the 4th grade and at a 2.5yr. reading/spelling and writing level. The good news is, his comprehension and, math and vocabulary are above average. He has an IEP and is taught reading and spelling at a much lower grade level (Wilson). And all other subjects are at his grade level and he has peformed above average.
This is not a situation where I blame the PS system for his difficulties. On the contrary, ..because I HS'd K and 1st. He has been in PS since 2nd.
I have just had some serious problems this year with his IEP not being followed and understood, by his homeroom teacher. And I have serious concerns that will happen next year also.
So next year I will be taking DH to PS 5 hours a week to continue the Wilson Program(and I love and admire the EC teacher, very supportive) and I will be homeschooling all other subjects. Can't wait!! Ordered Abeka Math, Oak Meadow, and Shurley Grammer today!!!

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Postby abjennings » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:56 pm

elliemaejune wrote:Well, if your ds's foundation is poor, I don't believe just doing lots of reading will do all that much.

IMHO, the most comprehensive reading/spelling method is Spalding; the manual for the Spalding Method is the Writing Road to Reading. Here's the Web site:

http://www.spalding.org


Oh!! I meant to say,..I have that book. I read your advice on another post and ordered it a few weeks ago!! Thanks!!

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Postby wannabe » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:44 am

I think I agree that if the foundation isn't there, or if there are other factors such as dislexia or vision problems, no amount of reading is going to help them improve.

We accidentially discovered that our daughter had vision problems. She could see close up fine & distance fine. When it came to reading a sentence the words would blend together or fade to black. She said it was like trying to read as you go into a black tunnel. This is something our eye dr. caught. It's not something that would show up in a school screening. My daughter didn't know anything was wrong because that is how she had always seen the world.

Since then she has improved tremendously through eye therapy. Her grades have gone up. However, the school still wants her to have an IEP next year. We've refused it. So, I'm in the same boat as you. I'm looking for a program that fits my daughters needs.

So, I guess the point that I started out to make is not to wait too long if his reading ability isn't moving forward. There could be so many reasons why, none of which is his intelligence. Unfortunately, that is often what kids believe.

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Postby abjennings » Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:04 am

I will be HS'ing DS next year, but will be taking him to our PS 1 hr a day so his current IEP/ Spec. Ed teacher can continue with the Wilson Reading Program. I really love this teacher and she is very supportive of my decision to homeschool. Even the principal is bending over backwards to accommodate my needs.
I am so excited about all that DS will learn now that I am in control. We took the day off of school yesterday to hear one of the presidential candidates speak. (after the school sent home a note requesting students not miss any more days because they are preparing for End of Grade testing.) DS is doing an oral report in class and probably knows more about the issues and the candidates than any of the other students in his class.


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