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There are many testimonials and lots of information on the Picture Me Reading site, but the article that is of most interest to me is How it Began.
Reading it can tell you so much more than I can write here.
But my son did not do well with phonics. I tried other curricula, different methods, different resources, and it was a long, slow process. I can't tell you any one particular product that actually made it click for him. =\
But finally... a few years ago, he began trying to read hunting magazines, or websites online about hunting, knives, guns, etc, and because he wanted to know the information, he tried. He used Natural Reader (a free download unless you want the very nice paid version!) to read words or phrases to him he couldn't read.
|T looks like Tina's tiny tack |
Which she will hammer now.
"T-t-t," is what we'll hear
As Tina shows us how.
things he has to write for school. (The things he writes aren't
long, but it helps him to hear it.)
He has taught himself to sight read.
I used to worry over his not knowing phonics, but he's doing
okay now. Not exactly on grade level, but I no longer worry. I
know that if he continues to read things he's interested in, he
is practicing, and he will learn.
Phonics certainly didn't work for him, but I know he retained
some of it. I know it did help him somewhat in learning to
sight read. But we used to work on sounds for weeks, and he
still couldn't retain it.
I still remember when he read "lid" as "pil."
I have read (more than once) that to some kids all the letters
are just squiggles that mean nothing to them because they
don't have a picture to associate with them.
That and the testimonials to such is why I believe that Picture Me Reading will work for any child, even if they aren't having trouble learning phonics. In some curricula, sight words are only words that cannot be sounded out phonetically, so they must be memorized. Other curricula include "most common words" as part of their sight word list. Even if your child is doing well phonetically, Picture Me Reading can greatly help in learning at least the sight words.
Go to Try it Now to get free samples emailed to you. You can also learn how to begin teaching and how to make some flashcards of your own.
I receive no compensation from Picture Me Reading.
I just think this is a great product that I wish I had known about years ago and wanted to share.
I hope it can help someone. =)