Hi Let's Go Learn, I really need some help. We are homeschooling two of our 3 sons. One of our sons is very bright and benefits from a lot of structure and ongoing challenges. I realized that his time needs were distracting me from important help that the other two boys needed. The other two have significant reading delays. They are about in grades 3 and 5 (ages 9 and 11). We are a reading family, treasure good books and do a lot of reading aloud. But so far neither of these two are capable of reading on their own. I own about all the phonics programs out there, and we have daily lessons in phonics and reading, taking it by small steps. I have tried to take a wait and let them mature approach, but now I'm getting concerned, especially for the 5th grader. I'm looking for some direction. I probably should get them tested to determine the specifics of their skills. Thanks.
Hello, Thanks for your email. Here are my thoughts: As for your two sons who are having trouble with phonics instruction...Phonemic awareness is the processing ability necessary to sound out words. Most studies say that phonemic awareness will fully develop by the age of seven, some studies say five, and some say six. If your sons are nine and eleven and are having trouble absorbing phonics instruction, they almost certainly have some phonemic awareness weakness. I think that it would be a great idea for you to have your sons tested. You can use the Let's Go Learn DORA or have them tested by a reading specialist in your area. As for improving their phonemic awareness, I suggest you find a workshop on phonemic awareness designed for reading teachers. I know that workshops can be expensive but in my opinion, it is the best way for a parent to learn how to administer reading instruction for phonemic awareness weakness.
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