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  1. Phonics Pathways and OPG go to a 4th grade level. Word Mastery, free from Don Potter, goes to a 3rd grade level. http://donpotter.net/pdf/word_mastery_typed.pdf My syllables lessons are free and go to a 12th grade level and include some spelling. Not a complete program, but teaches you how to use Webster's Speller, if you use all the 2+ syllable words in the complete Webster's Speller after you could be good. http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html You could also try the old Open Court, it goes to a pretty high level, I'm not sure what exactly, and starts with long vowels, you start with the blue and orange workbooks. It's a good follow on because it starts with long vowels instead of short vowels. It was also meant to be started in 1st grade, not K, and has 2 syllable words early on. http://wigowsky.com/school/opencourt/opencourt.htm
  2. This CAP series incrementally teaches reading comprehension, it is especially valuable for those that are more literal and have to be taught how to infer. Look at samples, level 2 might be fine, but you might also need to start at level 1. https://classicalacademicpress.com/collections/reasoning-reading
  3. Logic of English has online free spelling, similar to SWR, foundations online lite. I would work through that as part of what you're doing, after a few he could perhaps do them while you fold laundry or something. https://elearning.logicofenglish.com I would work through in short sessions, Phonics Pathways and the old Open Court, which is long vowel first, free online, start with blue workbook then gold workbook. It's too bad they no longer sell School Phonics workbooks, they are long vowel first with a lot more repetition than old Open Court, it was the perfect amount of repetition for my son who needed a lot of phonics repetition. Old Open Court: http://wigowsky.com/school/opencourt/opencourt.htm I would also get the Phonics Pathways book Reading Pathways, it's designed to improve fluency, and work that in, do 20 to 25 minutes of each thing spaced out through the day. Maybe alternate Phonics Pathways and Reading Pathways. I would also work though my syllables lessons: http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html and then all of the 2+ syllable words in Webster's Speller if the speller works out for you. The Logic of English game book has a ton of phonics game ideas: https://store.logicofenglish.com/collections/product-type-supplements/products/game-book My free concentration game: http://thephonicspage.org/On Phonics/concentrationgam.html
  4. Real Science 4 Kids. Find the correct Building Blocks book and you'll have all the sciences, not just chemistry. Great pictures, she is a Chemist so she uses real language of science in short approachable sentences.
  5. It is better to do short separated work. For example, 15 minutes of phonics in the morning and 15 in the evening is better than 40 minutes all at once. These are good phonics videos to watch on her own if you have a time when she is supervised by someone who could play a video. They are long for the age, take breaks after every 15 to 20 minutes. Lesson 0 and maybe a bit of 1 are to the parent more than the child, zero for sure, I can't remember about 1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnIVm9OG9zIdtOtUHAtoUw
  6. BJU phonics has a lot of sight words. Are there any private schools that use A Beka or Victory Drill Book or another good phonics program instead? I've remediated a lot of children with too many problems from learning sight words. Why and how to teach them with phonics: http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/sightwords.html Bookmark form: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On Reading/Resources/40LSightWordsBookmarks.pdf If there are still sounds she's having trouble learning, use my chart, have her color it in with colored pencil and look them up while reading (after a week or so of drilling it and you guiding her on how to look up things when needed.) Looking them up themselves makes the children learn the sounds much faster. Page 6: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On Reading/Resources/40LChartsCombined.pdf 100EZ lessons is a good phonics program. Keep going with that, you can use the chart with any program.
  7. A good follow on to what you're doing for review of everything is Lial's Basic college math, they have a geometry section now in the 9th edition. As a bonus, it says "college" in the title so they feel smart while doing the basics!! A used paperback copy is fine, there are several for cheap right now. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321825535/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1&asin=B00AEFU3RQ&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1
  8. A good follow on to what you're doing for review of everything is Lial's Basic college math, they have a geometry section now in the 9th edition. As a bonus, it says "college" in the title so they feel smart while doing the basics!! A used paperback copy is fine, there are several for cheap right now. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321825535/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1&asin=B00AEFU3RQ&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1
  9. The 1879 McGuffey readers build to SAT level by the 6th reader, they gradually increase in difficulty and have difficult vocabulary defined. My son is not great at Language Arts overall, but did well on reading because I made him read high level things and read thorough the McGuffey readers. Grammar is another story. After 3 months of study, he went from getting only 20 of the grammar questions right to getting around 30 correct. He is good at math, his math improved very quickly with the 1600io orange books. He didn't study for reading, just years of high level reading to draw from. McGuffeys: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/5671 There are also the Parker Readers, Parker 4th and 5th readers, you can skip elocution. https://books.google.com/books?id=30wSAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=parker+reader+inauthor:parker&lr=&as_brr=1&ei=11CnR5LlBZXaygTL_v3hBw%20#v=onepage&q=parker%20reader%20inauthor%3Aparker&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=ByBKAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=parker+reader+inauthor:parker&lr=&as_brr=1&ei=aFGnR9rrO4mWzAT9r_XPAw#v=onepage&q=parker%20reader%20inauthor%3Aparker&f=false Then, the free portion of 1600io website has more of each book or passage the SAT reading passages come from, read more of those that you struggled with, looking up any vocabulary you don't know. Each genre has its own most common vocabulary. Also, older readings have different sentence structure and longer average sentence length. The average reading grade level of SAT passages is 12.5. Reading grade level test: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On Reading/Resources/40L Test.pdf My free lessons teaching phonics to the 12th grade level, follow on with all of the 2+ syllable words in Webster's Speller. http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html You can also improve your reading speed by over learning sounds and syllables. I have a video about how to do that, then do daily sound and syllable drills. If there is a slowdown on the MWIA (linked on the end of my syllables page) you also need to do daily nonsense words drills. Here is a video about the science behind sounds, syllables, and reading speed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtKN6j1apDs&t=267s
  10. For once you finish vision therapy: my 10 lesson syllables program, phonics to the 12th grade level, free, includes spelling. Most of my students gain a reading grade level. You may need to work through it twice. The 1879 McGuffey readers are also good for gaining grade levels and improving vocabulary and reading stamina once you work through the program. They have difficult vocabulary defined and diacritically marked and gradually build in difficulty. Syllables program: http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html McGuffey's free PDFs, you want 1879 Eclectic versions: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/5671 For improving spelling, the online LOE foundations lite focuses on spelling and is free. https://elearning.logicofenglish.com You can also advance fast through Spelling Plus, K - 6th grade spelling, arranged by rule and pattern. It teaches the most common 1,000 words, which make up 90% of any average reading passage. https://www.amazon.com/Spelling-Plus-Words-toward-Success/dp/187947820X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=spelling+plus&qid=1624502083&sr=8-2 The online letsgolearn DORA tests are computer adaptive and separate out vocabulary, spelling, and reading. So, you could be 8th grade level vocabulary and 2nd grade spelling and 4th grade reading and it will tell you all that with one test. You should be able to catch up the spelling and writing now that the vision is being addressed. I wouldn't hold back a year, just work from where he is in each area.
  11. My syllables lessons are designed for older children, it teaches phonics to a 12th grade level, you can work through it in 10 hours: http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html Marcia Henry's Words is also good: https://www.proedinc.com/Products/14834/words-integrated-decoding-and-spelling-instruction-based-on-word-origin-and-word-structure-second-edition.aspx And, Logic of English Essentials online is now free, it focuses on high level spelling. You need to watch everything in the lower videos, even things that seem simple, she has a different way of explaining things. For example, there are things you need to know even in the A to Z phonogram video, it goes over all the sounds of every vowel, from the title it looks like something you could skip. https://elearning.logicofenglish.com
  12. Talking Letter Factory DVD. Here is my chart, G is for Goat. Not quite as cute as a giraffe but much better, sound wise. Why teach a preschooler the soft sound of g right out of the box, crazy! http://www.thephonicspage.org/On Reading/Resources/40LChartsCombined.pdf
  13. We ended up moving out. The houses were tested out to try to move in had similar issues, we had to try a bunch before we found one without issues for me. We don't know for sure what it was, but possibly some kind of farm chemical seeping up in some of the houses, the area was previously cornfields. It got into the fabric, too, anything that was fabric that was in the basement had to be thrown out, it was a pain. Even repeated washings didn't help. It was some likely kind of weird chemical/VOC. It actually got worse down in the basement and sometimes you could see a bit of colored fog, I felt terrible even when the levels were that high. We got a charcoal VOC removing air filter that helped a bit but was overpowered as it got worse, so we moved out--we had to find a house without a basement for me to not have issues--we found one house with a basement that was OK but it was in a not so great neighborhood.
  14. One of the highest paying fields in the drawing area is medical illustration, most artistic types are not good at science and/or don't enjoy science. https://www.ami.org/medical-illustration/learn-about-medical-illustration You can count any high school level subjects on a transcript either way, subject or year, if done in middle school.
  15. I would do a lot of oral spelling. Logic of English essentials lite is free online right now: https://elearning.logicofenglish.com You can also work though my syllables lessons, 10 hours to work though, phonics to the 12th grade level. http://thephonicspage.org/On Reading/syllablesspellsu.html After that, you could work thorough all of Webster's Speller's 2+ syllable words.
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