- Lisa AlexanderMember
I have a third grade boy who needs to improve his reading fluency; phonics has not clicked with him at all, and I’m giving it up after several years of trying! i want to turn to a whole word approach at this point — do I start him somewhere in Delightful Reading, or jump right into Spelling Wisdom? How can I teach him the largest quantity of (sight) words in the shortest amount of time? He is excellent with memory work so I am hopeful this approach will work well for him.
His compreshension skills are off the chart high, but he is a “big picture”, fast-moving kind of guy and he will NOT slow down enough to decode words using phonics, nor does he have any interest in learning all those details and rules. Being a skilled reader and writer myself, and having never learned intensive phonics as a child, I am just DONE with trying to teach it.
My four-year-old girl will be using Delightful Reading for sure!erin.kateParticipant
I’m in a similar boat with my 8yo daughter (9 in November). I’m using DR with my 5ish-yo boy (adopted, English is not his native language) with Delightful Handwriting.
I taught my 8yo intensive phonics but she is a terrible speller and her elocution is poor … lifts her voice at the end of everysinglesolitary sentence, adds endings, changes endings, etc.
I started her in Hymns in Prose in July and I’m very happy with how it is going. Her vocabulary is developing and the little reader is really boosting her confidence. I also shelved our Pathway Readers for McGuffey and I find that her reading aloud is less choppy now, too.
So much is inherent to the child, too. My 6yo daughter is a natural reader and speller and it wouldn’t matter what I teach/taught her, she is who she is as a reader and speller. We can always improve, but she just gets it differently.
Just another idea for you … good luck!Kate Mom of 1Participant
Erin, I also have a DD who will be 9 in November! Her spelling is awful, and her reading aloud isn’t terrible, but could certainly use some work. I’ll be looking into all of these resources 🙂erin.kateParticipant
I also use Treadewell and Elson readers. I think I prefer those to McGuffey, but for some reason teh Pathway Readers were too controlled perhaps … either way, lots to try. 🙂
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