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Readers for dyslexic kids (who needs lots of practice)?

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I am looking for reader ideas. My son DOES NOT do good with a lot of opportunity for guessing.


So far we have most success with

Alphabet series

All about reading readers




I am basically looking for LOTS of books geared towards kids with dyslexia to reinforce the concepts he's learning. He's doing a GREAT job using recipe for reading after spending the year in LiPS working on his phonological issues. But he needs a lot of fluency practice to build speed.


Thank you for your recommendations.

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All about reading are some animal/some people. The people seem more "fun" than others though - the circus (the big top), about "the west" (cowboys). At least my ds likes them. . we actually borrowed them and I am probably going to give them back soon because we have the same trouble. He's read everything once and the second read appears to be mostly memorized.


We are struggling with the go between stage too.


I am looking at I see Sam too - he'd be about level 4 I think . . . the scope and sequence we've used is slightly different which makes me unsure where to start . . .

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Is this link of 52 books of I See Sam the first two sets for free?http://www.marriottmd.com/sam/index.html


Because looking at them I can tell ds is beyond level 2. It's REALLY hard to jump into a new set of books in the middle and be unsure where to start someone. . . . . i usually go with REALLY easy to build speed and confidence but it costs a lot to homeschool a special needs child. . . . so I don't want to spend more than I have to *blush*

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Subscribing so I can come back to answer when I get an answer. :tongue_smilie: Kristin eckenwiler, of the struggling reader, gave me a great recommendation that I never followed through with a couple years ago. The books looked wonderful but for some reason I never ordered any. I've emailed her and will let you know what she says.


Ha! Found them on my own. http://www.highnoonbooks.com/index-hnb.tpl

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How old a child?


10.5 severe dyslexia and other delays.


We tried reading A to Z a few years before getting dyslexia diagnosis. . . not sure if I should try again or not.. . . I don't recall them being phonetic and unless it's very phonetic, the books aren't helpful for ds. - he just guesses .


Merrill. . . I was looking into those since starting this. Hmm. . . wondering about the boredom factor. DS is at a point that he's so happy to be reading "real" books that he's happy with boredom LOL. I like the Merrill because they look REALLY thick like chapter books and he doesn't complain about them being "baby books"


I can read it. . . books. . . I tend to think those aren't phonetic. But I will look at Sonlight's lists :)


Thanks for all the ideas. I am

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You could try the I See Sam books.


The Blend Phonics books are designed to minimize guessing.




You could also try Leigh Print. It makes English 100% phonetic without changing the underlying spelling. Bowdoin College recently added enough readers online to make it worth using. You have to start with Hillard's Primer regardless of age to figure out the special font and how it works.


My phonics concentration game is a fun way to get in extra decoding practice:



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Wilson Reading System (another Orton Guillingham program) has their own set of readers. I haven't priced them yet.


At one point, I was going to systematically go through and price all the Ort.-Guil. programs and readers. It was a fabulous consider-all-possibilities idea of the sort that never got followed through.

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10.5 severe dyslexia and other delays.


I don't recall them being phonetic and unless it's very phonetic, the books aren't helpful for ds. - he just guesses .





Then I also recommend High Noon books (I would not have if your son had only been 7 or so). Specifically, I recommend starting at the Sound Out chapter books--possibly the CVC level even if that seems to be going backwards-- and going through them with him reading out loud to you (you can read to him once through if needed for first reading), three times for each book until that level starts to get easy. This built fluency, speed, and ease of reading, I also emphasized expressive reading so that the meaning would come through, at least on the 2nd or 3rd time through. We did timed readings also, and he liked trying to beat his previous record.


The 3 times through may seem like a lot, but it could be while driving, while I made dinner, and so on. It was recommended by a reading specialist, and really seemed to make a great difference, so that by the time he got to the last books at each level he was getting good at doing that level even on the first reading. (We were also doing the High Noon Intervention program at the same time, with its workbook exercises. And for one set of the readers we had the workbook that went with it, which he seemed to enjoy--and which I would suggest if comprehension exercises would be helpful.) My son was not a reader as of age 9. Now he is.


I was prepared to go through all the levels, but about 2/6 way through he jumped to reading Magic Treehouse, and then from there jumped to Rick Riordan books. In some ways I wish he had done all the levels as planned, but once he could read more entertaining things he was off and running on that and I thought the engagement with reading became important. I've not gotten rid of the so far unused HN materials because they are sometimes helpful for spelling and dictation, and I may want to go back, boring or not, to review certain phonetic patterns in the future.

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