Learning to read, teaching a struggling reader

Learning to Read, Teaching a Struggling Reader

It’s been a long road friends. I have been trying to teach my youngest to read for over a year now and have gotten nowhere. I have shared with you our struggles several times over the course of this last year.  She just wasn’t getting it. My mama heart was struggling with knowing how much to push and when to just set it aside. This year a few things have changed that finally got us moving on the right path. If you have a child that has struggled with learning to read, I want to share with you what we are doing, in hopes that it might offer you some encouragement as well as some ideas.


Until now, my daughter has had little interest in reading. But this year she has figured out that most of her friends know how to read and she doesn’t like to be embarrassed so her motivation for learning has increased dramatically.  While I don’t condone peer pressure, I think that a little bit every now and then is a good thing.


Learning to Read, teaching a struggling reader

I gave up on All About Reading. I actually love this program. And I know, that it works. But she just isn’t ready for it. I have gone back to the tried and true, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  I really wanted a more comprehensive reading program for her, which is why I was so excited about starting All About Reading with her. We will revisit it again in a few months.

But here is the thing about the Teach Your Child to Read book and this is why I think it works, It’s not so much about the book itself, I think it is so effective because of the one on one interaction that has to happen in a close environment. You have to be sitting right next to your child to do this program. The lessons are quick, they are to the point and they are reinforced.  After working with several reading programs over the last year and a half, I have realized that they all are about the same. I think the simplicity of this book is what makes it work for us.


Struggling Reader, Beginning Reader, Reading Eggs

We have stuck with Reading Eggs. I have reviewed a lot of online reading programs this year. Check out these posts here. I have really appreciated them all, they serve different purposes and we may go back to one or two of them in the future. But Reading Eggs takes more of a gentle approach to teaching Reading and it’s just enough for Maddie to not be overwhelmed and to feel successful at the end of each lesson. Her learning is further reinforced by the workbook that goes along with it. I did a full review of it here, but it really has been a blessing to us.


We read and read some more. Now that we have about half our letters and some sight words under our belt, I am going to be introducing the Bob Books. I have used these books with all of our kids and they help boost confidence and encourage them to read on their own.

Our typical reading routine looks like this: 

1.Sit down together to do the lesson in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, do the writing portion together on a wipe board.

2. Pull up Reading Eggs and complete the lesson

3. Choose 2 pages from the Reading Eggs workbook to work on

4. Read a book together

There are no exact formulas to teaching reading, I took the ease of it for granted with our other three and have had to work much harder to find something that works for Maddie. I finally feel like we are on the right track with the simple routine we have going.

If you have a child that has struggled with reading, what are some things you have done to get them reading? 


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Learning to read, teaching a struggling reader


2 thoughts on “Learning to Read, Teaching a Struggling Reader”

  1. Another good resource, either for supplementing or for a reading spine, is ProgressivePhonics.com, which is free. I like their lessons because, after a short lesson you read, during the practice readers you read some of the words and your child reads others. I hope this doesn’t read like spam…I’m not associated with that site. But what you said about the interaction with your child in 100 Lessons is something I think this one does well too. And since it’s free I always like to share it.

    1. Motheringwithgrace

      I have NEVER heard of that website. That’s great! Thank you for sharing, I’m going to check it out.

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