My DC was a struggling reader for the past few years. She seems to need a very explicit explanation about language and also seems to struggle with fluency. She got a lot of support for reading (private tutor, work at home and extra attention at school) and is now reading at grade level, well currently her school doesn't think so but she's being reevaluated because I disagree with the assessment. (Basically they think her decoding skills are at grade level but her comprehension isn't there for her decoding...I find this conclusion VERY doubtful because the opposite has been true for YEARS. She is also reading and loving books well above R level. We also have some concerns about her general performance during testing. Another teacher is going to evaluate her. Feel free to comment on this issue but it isn't the focus of the thread)
The pressing issue is that everyone thought her spelling would catch up as her reading improved but that hasn't been the case. It has been decided that DC needs some explicit instruction, now, with spelling. Her teacher and the reading specialist think that she would benefit most from a method called "Synthetic Phonics". We know of a great tutor but she is expensive. Additionally, DC's school is going to see if they can give her some in-school support along with some guided homework. I'm feeling like I'd love to be able to give her the support at home rather than invest in a tutor.
Does anyone know a good synthetic phonics program or book that I could look into? Any advice on helping a struggling speller who really needs someone to explain spelling in this specific way?
Any help and advice would be appreciated.
- DC is 11 and in the 5th grade
- She is instructional at Guided Reading Levle R (according to school) / decoding at a much higher level (mom and dad think her comprehension is much higher than the school thinks - new teacher doing the evaluation)
- DC struggles with decoding words out of context
- DC's spelling is just terrible - really
- We used Reading Reflex a few years back and that seemed to help DC but when we got to the more complex letter combinations it became difficult for me to stick with.