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    Nessy is an Orton-Gillingham based computer reading program. I hadn't seen it mentioned already so I thought I would mention it. The site talks a lot about working with children with dyslexia but any child could use and benefit from the program just as any child can benefit from Orton-Gillingham instruction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Free Thinker View Post
    I think you will get a more solid base, less guessing, and less "I don't know that word" if you use an actual curriculum. Logic of English or ALl About Reading- go at his pace, and don't be afraid to read anything. My kids don't normally like 'reader' books, so we use those anthologies from school (my MIL has 2 full 1st grade ones, she's a retired teacher), as well as other fun books (she has more than a normal library ), and we go to the library weekly.

    Of the apps we've tried, Reading eggs probably worked the most with phonics, but my DD didn't seem to really like it. We tried a 2 week sample, and my DD was around lesson 80-100-ish in her reading level on there. I think she found it boring and too repetitive. I also noticed that if I wasn't sitting with her, she would tend to just hit the buttons until she hit the right one. We've done TYMTR, and she liked it much better. It has the sight words (trickies), and does some phonics sounds, but I didn't hink it had enough real instruction and practice before moving on. Same for Starfall.

    I figured out how to let him redo the placement test on Reading Eggs, (It's a gigantic button on the first page after log in, not sure how I missed it) and it moved him forward 30 lessons. So definitely worth redoing. I think we will try it for the free two weeks, and then make a decision about sticking with it or ordering a print curriculum. He will keep playing TYMTR, but I agree it isn't thorough enough to be considered a curriculum. One of this friends is getting to go to Dave and Busters if they read 100 books this summer, so he wants to try that. I don't think he has the interest or stamina to get that done, but I'm certainly not going to say no!

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