Anyone have a late reader?


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    Hi everyone. I’ll try not to be too long-winded here, but I’m a bit stressed about this. My daughter is 8 1/2 and is still only able to really read material that is quite easy (ex. “Level 1 I Can Read” Books, such as the “Little Bear” series). I used How To Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons to teach her to read and now she is making her way through the Learning To Spell Through Copywork books by Queen homeschool to help reinforce phonics rules, etc., which I’m hoping will make reading a bit easier for her. She reads a little silently each day and then re-reads it to me aloud so I can check her progress and offer encouragement, but it seems so slow and just like it’s really “tiring” for her mentally (and sometimes, it seems, physically). She’s had her vision checked and does wear glasses for reading (not a very strong prescription). This is the first of my children that I have taught to read (our other daughter we removed from public school in grade 2 and she already knew how), so I’m very worried about her progress. Have I done something wrong? Is there anything I can do to help her along? I would appreciate any advice or suggestions! Thanks.



    I would love to hear some suggestions also. I have a boy that just turned 10, still struggling with reading complete sentences. I can tell there is some dislexic issues there but, I to am getting nervous with progress. I would love to hear how others handle or handled this situation.



    I had a late reader too. What I found with her, was that a good long break was needed. I read aloud to her from elevated books, ones that were interesting to her, but didn’t make her read any on her own. We did this several times over her early reading years. When the break was over, she could easily read what she had been struggling with before. Sometimes these would be as long as a month. She wasn’t truly a decent reader until she was 9 or so. She’s 11 now and can read better than most of the kids in her church youth sunday school class(it is ages 11-18)and is a better speller than her 14 year old sister.

    Hope this helps. Just relaxing a little and letting it sink in seems to help some families. I’ve actually had to do this with all of my kids.

    God bless.



    That is supposed to say 11-eighteen.


    I would just add that having lots of super-easy books around can be helpful for practice.

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