Dear Let's Go Learn, I am a homeschooling parent and mother of 6. Two of my sons are in college, four are homeschooling. My greatest teaching challenge is with my son who I recently had evaluated by a developmental optometrist. Our first appointment for vision therapy is tomorrow and I am currently working on planning the details for how to conduct this year of homeschooling. My son is reading at perhaps a 2nd grade level and is quite frustrated about his slow progress. His younger brother is fast on his heels and this doesn't help matters. I have used a couple of different resources over the years for teaching reading including, "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" and "Total Reading". I am most comfortable with "Total Reading" as I have used it the most and use the parts of the program that work best for homeschooling. It is designed for public school classroom use though there are many homeschoolers using Total Reading. It is similar to Spalding with less rigidity in my opinion and has kids reading real books much sooner than Spalding. I am looking forward to using your assessment tool with all my kids and I'm wondering if you can offer any suggestions on how to procede with my son. Is there one reading program you found to be successful with all the various types of reading-challenged individuals you worked with over the years or did you find yourself needing to tailor how you taught to each individual's needs??? Any assistance or resources you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Hello, Thanks for your email. Here are my thoughts: "...I'm wondering if you can offer any suggestions on how to proceed with your son. Is there one reading program you found to be successful with all the various types of reading-challenged individuals you worked with over the years or did you find yourself needing to tailor how you taught to each individual's needs???" Well, yes and no. I worked for many years for a specialized reading company. They work with students with reading issues so all of the work they do is individualized to each particular student. So yes I did tailor all of what I did to meet each student's individual needs. I am also interested in how the vision therapy goes for your son. I have a lot of parents asking me about vision therapy. I have heard all different opinions. If you have a moment, let me know how vision therapy is working for him.
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