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 26.8 #1 ( Qual #1
February 21, 2013 8:59 PM

Okay!! Baby's down, older kids settled, coffee brewed, and I have all my most favorite reading related resources out and handy for our first Mom's Coffee Break!! Let's talk reading! What ages/grades are you teaching? Do you, or have you had a struggling reader? Post you question, words of encouragement, etc.! Let's talk!! 😊📚📓✏📖☕👍
My husband couldn't read until the 5th grade. He was sent to special Ed and special day classes. He had a teacher who thought it was something different. It thorns out he was dyslexic. Within 6 months he was reading at a 12th grade reading level. He graduated top of his class and scored a near perfect score on his SAT's. He was accepted into West Point. Please don't think that your child with reading problems can't not overcome and excell. - Mrs.mouse  26.8 #1 9:46PM
Was just skimming through one of my favorite books on this subject, The Read Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease. I love this: "How is my child going to get better at reading if I'm doing most of the reading? Each time you read aloud to a child or class, you offer yourself as a role model. One of the early and primary abilities of children is imitation. They imitate much of what they see and hear, and it is this ability that allows a fifteen month old child to say his first words. By age two, the average child expands his vocabulary to include nearly three hundred words, and it triples again in the next year. By age four, the child laready understands two-thirds to three-quarters of the words he will use in the future daily life..." It then goes on to say, "Read to children while they are young enough to want to imitate what they are seeing and hearing. Make sure the readings are interesting and exciting enought to hold their interest while you're building up their imaginations... Neither books nor people have Velcro sides -- We don't naturally attach to each other. In the beginning there must be a bonding agent -- parent, relative, neighbor, teacher, or librarian -- someone who attaches child to book." Love that!! Am I attaching my children to books? - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:58PM
Hi! I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old, so no actual reading goin on at our house yet, but as a former 2nd grade teacher I am very passionate about it, so I've been teaching the 2 year old her letters for about a year now! I've had many struggling readers in my class and I have to say that sometimes their little brains just aren't developmentally ready for it yet. It's more important that they enjoy it at a young age, otherwise they won't be motivated to try! - MommyLuvs2  26.8 #1 9:07PM
Yay, welcome, @loveteachingmy4 & @Mrs.mouse! I'm sorry, @loveteachingmy4, I'm sorry that you feel like you're struggling with everything right now! I hope you can leave our Coffee Break encouraged tonight! I have 6 kids. 16 (10th grade), 14 (9th grade), 13 (7th grade), 9 (3rd grade), 5 (Kindergarten), and 2! We have homeschooled for 10 years. My older two went to Kindergarten, and Kindergarten and 1st Grade at a Christian school. I felt like they had a good foundation to build on as far as reading went. I have successfully taught 2 of my kids to read from "scratch", and one is well on his way! ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:07PM
Teaching reading from scratch is so much fun!! Rhyming books like The Cat in the Hat are SO good to get then started. They love being able to predict the words based on the rhyme, and it gives them so much confidence! - MommyLuvs2  26.8 #1 9:11PM
I wish someone had told me much earlier not to push so hard and to throw away the check lists and just enjoying reading with my children instead of pushing them too hard. Thank God someone told me to not sweat the reading issue unless my child wasn't reading by the end of 3rd grade. Lesson learned. We all love school now. And I think age and maturity have a lot to do with it. Why are we trying to mimic public school and their checklists when that wasn't our goal to begin with? I finally stopped pushing our oldest and now she is an amazing reader. (Not so until after her 8th birthday) My children are just turned 10, almost 8 and barely 5. Excellent reader, emerging reader, and my son (the 5 yr old), well he shocked me at a restaurant tonight by writing the word "poop" on a bright piece of white paper ...we carry paper with crayons when we eat out...he wrote it on his own...his FIRST written word on his own. You know...when you aren't calling out the letters to him. He just turned 5:). Saving it for the scrapbook. (Lol...tickled me, embarrassed me, and well, I wish I could post the picture of it. :). Life is so real. So very, very real. - RedemptionCrew  26.8 #1 9:25PM
Wow, thanks @Mrs.mouse, for your help above... Anyone have any questions for someone who treats children with speech and language disorders? Interesting, what Mrs.mouse is sharing. - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:28PM
My son is in kinder and reads most 3 letter words. He is doing hooked on phonics. I constantly wonder how you judge "reading levels" and if he is on track - Cass  26.8 #1 9:56PM
Okay ladies...I am turning into a pumpkin. :( No doubt my 6 month old will be waking me tonight for her paci, so I need my sleep!! I loved this discussion, MPC thanks for starting it! Can't wait to see what I missed in the morning! Everyone have a wonderful night! 🌛😴 - MommyLuvs2  26.8 #1 10:21PM
Ladies~ This has been AWESOME!! I am so encouraged! I think this is definitely something we can do every couple of weeks, if not weekly! Let me know your thoughts. I would love ideas for the next "Mom's Coffee Break"! Did this time work well for everyone? What about the day? What would you like the next topic for discussion to be? Let me know, and let's get a date on the calendar!! I'm off to bake a batch of cookies with my sweet 13 year old daugher!! Yes, baking cookies at 10:30 at night... Another one of the beauties of homeschooling!! ;) - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 10:22PM
I am sorry I missed out on this conversation! I have a houseful of dyslexics including myself. Reading is a challenge but not impossible. I praise The Lord everyday that we are able to homeschool! - abidinginHim  26.8 #1 8:49PM
Hi! I set my alarm. Here we go! I have a 4 & 6 yr old girls. My 6 yr old is such a good reader. My 4 yr old is learning the basics to be a good reader. - Mrs.mouse  26.8 #1 9:02PM
9 (4th grade), 8 (3rd grade), 6 (kinder). I feel like We are struggling with everything right now. - loveteachingmy4  26.8 #1 9:03PM
Maybe it would be helpful to know what a good reader does, beyond the ability to "read". A good reader draws conclusions, makes inferences, and predicts. - Mrs.mouse  26.8 #1 9:05PM
9th grade and 7th grade. 9th grader is independent and well right now. I read aloud to the 7th grader. He reads pretty well but struggles with comprehension. Can't really tell me much about what he just read or what I just read to him - gardeningthroughtheseasons  26.8 #1 9:12PM
We have absolutely loved using Phonics Pathways, by Dolores Hiskes, to teach our younger children to read! What curriculum has everyone else used? - MPCteachesher6  26.8 #1 9:13PM
Has anyone heard of the Accelerated Reader program? It's something we used at my school where kids were given a number based on their reading level- for example, 3.2 meant 3rd grade. They pick out a book in their level and can take a quiz online when they're done reading it! I liked being able to know what their level was and therefor what books were appropriate! - MommyLuvs2  26.8 #1 9:23PM
I've graduated one and now have an 8th dd and 6th ds. Both read well but my dd struggles with comprension and critical thinking. I do have them narrate back to me and that seems to help. - MeTimesThree  26.8 #1 9:24PM
I have 3 boys, 13 (7th gr) 10 (5th gr) and 4 (PreK). My oldest went to public for K, 1st and a couple months of 2nd. He struggled to read but got no help from the school, they just kept telling us we needed to work with him more. In 2nd he started failing everything because he couldn't read/understand the directions on the test. I had a lot of PS teacher friends that told me that that just wasn't right and they have special programs for struggling readers. I talked to his teacher and got the same story, WE just needed to work with him more. Homework was taking 3 hrs. He was 7!!! It still breaks my heart cuz he's always been so smart and loved school, loved learning. He started telling me that he didn't like himself, that he was stupid, never gonna be smart, etc. Broke. My. Heart!!! 😞 We pulled him out and started homeschooling but the damage was done. Every time he'd try to read, he'd lock up and struggle. We tried tutoring, different environments, tons of encouragement, tested his eyes, etc. He's 13 now and still struggles. He can read, not fluently with inflection, etc, most of the time retains what he's read. I feel bad for him but I don't know what to do. Getting him to want to read has been a struggle but at least he still likes books, loves stories, and loves to be read to. It has affected his younger brother, the 10 yr old. He worships the ground the 13 yr old walks on, even when they're squabbling. And for years he's held himself back academically cuz he didn't want to make his older bro look or feel bad. He reads almost to grade level now, but is behind a little as well. Looking forward to this discussion!!! - BluRayn  26.8 #1 9:25PM
I know some moms with struggling readers used auditory methods. It's my understanding the new Kindle Fire has an immersion reader on it too. I just downloaded my dd Apologia science book today onto the app and she listened while following along in her textbook. - MeTimesThree  26.8 #1 9:52PM
My daughter tries to read. Mostly she follows along with the interactive story. - mercyphoenix  26.8 #1 7:28PM
I am homeschooling my granddaughter who has asperger's autism and is 7 years old. She is a phenomenal reader and advanced in math. She does not do well in writing and spelling. The mirror neurons is the problem. She can't picture a word in her head. Any ideas so we don't have to struggle so much with writing and spelling? I'm not very organized, but I can't let her do common core. She's reading and comprehending words at about a 4th grade level, and math is around 3rd grade. She went through the 1st grade 5 subject book already and we are midway through the 2nd grade book. I'm getting a lot of grief from everyone about not letting her do public school, but I just can't. The trash being taught is scary. I am having a hard time tayloring curriculum to her needs. We tried to enroll her in every private school within 200 miles of where we live in Wisconsin but not one Christian school would take her because of the mild autism. Any ideas? Can I do this? - veesty1  26.8 #1 3:05PM

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