Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:06 PM
It sounds like the program has some annoyances, but is usable and has been at least somewhat helpful. Would that be a fair sumary of your experience?
How does your daughter like it? Not that enjoyability is the main thing I'm looking for, but I'm curious. The demo looks a little stilted. I also wonder if you have seen an improvement in her spelling, if spelling was ever an issue for her.
Here's why I ask: I'm considering using this program with my 10 year old son who was homeschooled until this year. He is nearing the end of his first year in public school. He has a summer birthday, so we had our choice of 4th or 5th grade. Due to his reading troubles, we chose 4th. Honestly, the school has done a pretty good job with him. In 2 trimesters, he has increased more than a whole grade level and I can see the improvement. However, I recently came to believe he is dyslexic. We cannot afford the diagnostic process, but talking with a dyslexia expert has me pretty well convinced. Given the dylexia, I'm concerned that he needs more targeted intervention to really get to where he needs to be. (In spite of his improvement, he is still not up to 4th grade level, and the expert warned against accepting progess that is too slow to catch him up.) Lucky for my son, his struggles are limited to decoding and spelling. He is great in math and doesn't struggle with reading comprehension or composing sentances while writing. His spontaneous spelling is atrocious. He spells completely phonetically, with no consistency in how he spells any given word. (He'd be right at home in the 17th century, lol.)
SO, I want to start him on an O-G program, maybe 3 days per week for the rest of the school year, then more intensively over the summer. If he could improve to 5th grade reading level by the time he enters 5th grade, I would be thrilled. I expect him to leave 4th grade at an early 4th or late 3rd grade level, so I'm hoping for about a 1 grade level improvement in 4 months. That would be ideal. If he improves even 1/2 a grade over the summer, I'd still be pleased. I am almost desperate to see some spelling improvement. His teacher this year has not counted spelling against him in any way, but that won't last. I don't know about 5th grade, but by 6th (Middle school) it could be a big problem.
Given what you know of the program, would you buy it if you were in my shoes? I know you can't give any kind of sure answer, but I'm interested in your impressions, as well as your answers to my 2 specific questions, above.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review this curriculum and for considering my question.