1) Pinpoint Your Child’s Reading Problem This Summer

If your child is a reluctant, resistant, or struggling reader, you may be wondering what you are going to do this summer to help them move past these ongoing challenges. We already know that too many children are not learning the basic reading fundamentals they need so that they can read with simplicity and joy. Dr. G. Reid Lyon, former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes for Health, estimates that a lucky five percent of kids seem to read with no effort at all, and another 20-30 percent of students overall learn to read with ease when exposed to any kind of instruction. Read complete post here >

2) Orton-Gillingham and Homeschooling

You have made the decision to homeschool. Your reason may be to have more influence over your child’s education, or perhaps, because your child has a learning disability such as dyslexia and deserves more special attention. Regardless of your motive to homeschool, the real question is how?How do you teach a child to read? And even more of a quandry- how do you remediate a reader at home who is struggling? Reading Horizons offers a research-based, Orton-Gillingham approachto two versions of software; one for the beginning reader, ages 4-9 and one for the struggling reader, ages 10-18. The method taught in both versions of the software are identical, however, the method is presented differently to appeal more appropriately to the proper age. What is Orton-Gillingham? And why does it work? Read complete post here >

3) Learning to Read at 98 Years Young

I absolutely adore this news story about desire and perseverance. It's never too late to learn to read! When Jim Henry was in third grade his alcoholic father made him and his brother quit school so they could shovel trash and work other odd jobs. The children would hand over their earnings to their father – no complaining allowed. As an adult, Henry prided himself on being a hard worker. He carved out a long career as a Stonington (Connecticut) lobster boat captain. He did stints as a professional boxer, worked at Electric Boat, served in the National Guard, did carpentry and plumbing and designed and built his own home in Stonington. But there was something Jim Henry couldn't do - read or write. Over the years, Henry hid his illiteracy from friends and relatives by employing a variety of tricks, such as ordering what he heard someone else ask for when he went to a restaurant. He could scratch out his name just well enough to get by. Read complete post here >

4) How Often is Dyslexia the Cause of a Child’s Reading Problems?

Reading Horizons Dyslexia Specialist, Shantell Berrett, discusses how often dyslexia and other processing disorders are the cause of a child's reading problems: See complete post here >

5) Create your Own Summer Reading Camp at Home

School will be out soon so many parents will be looking for fun, educational activities for their child. If a Summer Reading Camp is not in your child's future, you may consider pitching a tent outside, or in the living room, so that you can host your own two or three day camp. Listed below are a few creative ideas for an at home Summer Reading Camp. Read complete post here >