Originally Posted by Subhuti
I am not quite sure *which* half of the program you are suggesting we buy? Which did you use with your daughter (and what age was she and what reading level was she at?)
My sense is my daughter consistantly reads at her grade level, sometimes just a tad below, so technically is considered at school to have no reading issues.
I would start at the beginning. the first half. i got the first half for dd when she was in first grade. she wasnt behind in reading in class either in K or first, in fact she was ahead. but i could tell something was holding her back from her full potential and i could not figure out what. with reading with her i saw she'd guess at words instead of sounding them out to actually find out what they were. for me it was like investing in a video game because after i did the trial lessons she wanted me to buy them for her really bad. SHE was the one who wanted to do the lessons. i didnt even oversee her. she'd run home after school to do the lessons. and right after that she found diary of a wimpy kid and never looked back.
now dd is a perfectionist and competitive. which meant she would not try anything unless she knew she would excel at it. so would this tactic work for you? i dont know. i myself did not know if it would work for dd. the only reason why i did it coz my life was getting v. full (work and school) and i had stopped reading to her at night since reading would put me to sleep.
however i will say there were books dd wanted read to her. she did not want to read herself. for instance for some reason she prefers reading tolkein on her own but prefers her dad read harry potter to her. let me look for a link that a mama posted here and i'll add it here and see if your dd might find some of them interesting. they cover a variety of subjects. oops. the link i thought started early but it actually only starts at 3rd grade. so here it is for your future reference. http://www.battleofthebooks.org/
really for dd i have found hitting the right book was the key. a book that was not too difficult or too lengthy but interesting enough. THAT opened the flood gates.
i would advice hanging out at the library and finding books there. just let her pick and choose. i knew for my dd she needed some pictures with words.
and btw i would also note that while she may want to actually read a book, she is probably not ready readingwise herself. i see this with dd even now. she gets interested in my school books - historical documents some of which she can read some of which i have to read to her.