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    My son is five and a half, and desperately wants to learn how to read.
    He has trouble remembering letter sounds.
    He has issues with writing letters.
    Sight words have not clicked for him.
    Some of the more fun things I have tried (writing letters in sensory materials, for example) have only been distracting (plays with the material and refuses to focus and make a letter) and have had no helpful effect.
    His desire to read is so strong, however, that he has cried many times at his inability, even though I've done my best to foster his patience with himself.
    I'm looking for any suggestions on programs or techniques that may have worked for your kids.
    Please help!

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    My DD was like that too! For my DD time worked best (5 and 6 is still really young imo), that and being around other reading kids (she is competitive, so I think she pushed herself because of it). For her we did a lot of label making for all the items in our house (chair, bed, door - that kind of thing). I taught her a few really common sight words a week and when they would come up either in a book or on a sign she'd read them and I would read the rest. We played lots of phonic games (Logic of English has some on their website). Both my kids enjoyed Starfall - I've used the free version and the paid (which was well worth the $35).

    If you are looking for a formal program, I highly recommend All About Reading - it was a game changer for my DS who struggled learning to ready and we started it around 7 or 8. For spelling (and reading) I liked Logic of English, but didn't use it until my kids were older.
    Last edited by RTB; 01-02-2020 at 09:00 PM.
    DS 14, DD 12
    Year 8

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    He does use Starfall and likes it a lot.
    I have heard of AAR and will look more into it.
    Have not heard of LOI and will also check into that for the future.
    Thank you!

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