You said your son is now behind on reading. What
curriculum have you been using to teach him reading?
What did they use in the PS. Does he have a good phonics
base for reading. I'm a reading specialist and I find
that when kids start saying they don't like school,
especially this young, it is because they can't really
Does he seem to guess at the words a lot? Does he
struggle through this? So much of schooling is reading
that if he is struggling with this, then all the subjects
will be affected.
I would suggest getting a good sequential, systematics
phonics program. The one I use with most of my students
starting out (unless they are 4th grade and above) is
Explode the Code.
I made the offer the other day to someone on the forum
that if they wanted a simple test to do to see what
sounds your child knows, I would send it to you (no
charge). You can private message me with your
information. I can try to scan it and e-mail it to you
or can fax it to you.
There are other programs out there based on the Orton
Gillingham method (the sequential, systematic phonics)
but some speed the process up by introducing too many
sounds at once.
Explode the Code also has decodable books. This means
what is written in the books has already been introduced
in the phonics lesson and all words are readable.
Another book series is Primary Phonics (Very easy. I
usually use this with K-1st graders.) Recipe for Reading
is in between Explode the Code and Primary Phonics.
This test basically showing your son all the different
letters and letter combination and vowel combinations in
isolation. Have him tell you what that letter or letter
combination says and you will know what he needs to
learn. For instance if you show the letter s and he
doesn't know it than you need to teach him the sound as
well as the letter. If you show him the letters oe and
he says o (on) and e (as in egg), then you know he
doesn't understand that 2 vowel together work as one
Hope this helps you. I wouldn't push too hard right now.
You don't want him to HATE SCHOOL forever. Try to do
educational learning games. Do things with him where is
is learning but doesn't realize it.
READING: The Cornerstone to Success