I have tutored hundreds of remedial students over the last 23 years. Most of them have been at least 2 grades below grade level. I have developed materials targeted for older students and adults that work much faster than a normal phonics program.
First, I would screen for a phonemic awareness problem, that would have to be fixed with something like LiPS first before phonics could work, here is a free test:
Even if there is not a phonemic awareness problem, it is good to understand the basics of how sounds blend, see the "Allophones and Approximations" section of my blending page, have her and her mom look at the lego block sound pictures with you so they understand what is going on with blending:
Next, some reading diagnostic tests and some grade level tests, along with the material I use with my remedial students, the average student gains 1.7 reading grade levels after completion, about 10 hours of work, all free to print, I would print and use with her:
If there is a slowdown of more than 10% on the MWIA, you will want to do the nonsense words instead of regular words and also the optional nonsense word document. Give the MWIA I, linked on Don Potter's page, not the MWIA 3, the MWIA 3 is for someone reading at the 2nd grade level or above. She isn't reading well enough to do the silent reading speed test, so skip that. You can try the NRRF test but she probably will score at grade level 0 on that. You need to do the MWIA I and the 40L Quick Screen Reading Grade Level Test.
I would work daily on the phonograms on the 40L Vowel and Consonant chart, and have her review it at home daily once she learns how to use it. Then, she can use it for reference when reading. You can watch how to use it by watching Don's Video about charts that are similar, also watch the other pre-reading videos for ideas in case there are problems in these areas that need to be covered:
She and her mom can watch through my online phonics lessons at home together:
If she gains at least a half grade level in a few months after working through all that, just repeat the Syllables Spell Success program and my online phonics lessons and add more Webster 2+ syllable word tables and supplemental phonics resources. If she gains less than that, there may be a vision problem or dyslexia, if there is dyslexia, the cheapest OG program to buy is just the manual for Recipe for Reading, although with shipping to Australia a more expensive program that offers an electronic option may be cheaper. You can do the whole Recipe for Reading program from the manual with a white board or chalkboard.
For math, I would start with the online assessment from Letsgolearn, it also has a bit of free remediation from Khan academy, you will have to do more, but it is a start and also a good way to identify areas that need work. You want the ADAM K-7, it is US $25. I would do 20 minutes of the test a day and do not allow her to answer "I don't know," have her guess instead, it can cut off areas that you know if your sequence does not match and you say "I don't know." Also, you want to sit and see where the errors are, the explanations on the report are thorough but not always totally understandable unless you watch the test.
ETA: It is a bit on the young side, but I like Read, Write, Type for learning phonics basics in a fun way, it also teaches typing, she can try the first few lessons for free and see if they want to purchase. Most of the other online phonics programs promote guessing and sight words to some degree.
You can also make an extra copy of my phonics concentration game for her and her mom to play with my one page 40L Vowel and Consonant chart once they watch through my online lessons together and have the basics mastered, the extra practice will help with speed and fluency of reading.
Edited by ElizabethB, 17 July 2017 - 01:24 AM.