Lecka Posted November 23, 2011 Share Posted November 23, 2011 Hi! I have just registered here but I have read many of the threads about reading difficulties. I was on the AAS forum previously and I remember Merry Gardens :) Here is my situation: My son is 6 and in 1st grade. It is better for our family for him to go to school, BUT we will not let him fail at reading at school and feel bad about himself. Over the summer he worked very hard. He had a poor grasp of phonemic awareness (he was failing Dibels) and he left K unable to blend two-letter VC words. He started 1st able to pass Dibels, and able to blend and segment! He is making steady progress. He started private speech (articulation was 5th percentile as of June but surely is better now) over the summer and is making good progress. We do a little AAS (after being immensely helped by AAS over the summer, and with explaining all kinds of things, but right now we are not doing it formally) but mostly we are focusing on the I See Sam readers. Recently I had him go too fast and then he needed to back up several books. Well, as of tonight he is back to where he was, and sounding out everything correctly. I have read the Sally Shaywitz book about dyslexia and looked at Susan Barton's website. My husband fits it a lot. Now that my son's phonemic awareness is improved, he doesn't really fit it. He has the late speech and articulation errors, and he is good at Legos, but he does not reverse syllables in words (something my husband does) and he has no problem hearing vowels or telling vowels apart (my husband was held back in 1st grade over reading, so this is kind-of a fraught issue for him, but he is very impressed that our son can know what vowel is in a word, so that is very heartening). I am definitely continuing I See Sam. In the summer I will do AAS again -- I own through level 2 and think that we will do things from level 1 and 2. I am looking at Abecedarian Level B for him to work on in the summer, too. He is very slow to learn phonograms (very, very slow) and really has to go over them, and he has to re-read many times before he sounds fluent, but other than that I think he is doing well. I think with what we are doing he will continue to make progress. He is reading aloud to me every night, mainly, but we keep our magnetic board with tiles out all the time, and do use it. What I want is for him to be able to decode, and to be able to read fluently. That is my biggest goal and concern. I am wondering if people think I should be doing more, to reach that goal? He is in Level E right now at school, and he started at Level A. He needs to be at Level I at the end of the year. He seems like he is on track to be able to do that. Thanks, Lesley Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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