I just found out my 8 year old cannot read: Advice?

Start with flash cards and the sounds of each letter. Then he should be able to put the sounds together… good luck mama

My friend has this problem with her son. And she started out with toddler books for him to read because they’re simple sentences. Then she worked it up to bringing him in the kitchen and baking something and getting him to read the directions to her. After time it ended up working out for them. Good luck :slightly_smiling_face:

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No suggestions, but wanted to tell you that you’re doing a good job and to keep it up. You care a lot and it shows. :heart:

Mama, you don’t know that he will never catch up. Start reading together. Check out Reading Eggs. Look up ways to make reading fun. Kids are so resilient… not to shut down any concerns you may have for his development, but these things work out better if you are involved and working at home, too.

Reading eggs! Mine are loving it so far!

And mine can’t read at all

They just started it and love it

I had the same issue with my 2nd grader. He wasnt where he was supposed to be so i moved him to a different school. Start with ABCs & put in work. Flash cards are a good start- start with the alphabet then start on simple words flash cards. I swear hy flash cards but switching schools helped alot! Its going to be ok!

Seriously I’m asking this question because I really want to know how is that your child is 8 years old and you don’t know that they cannot read? I sit down and do work with my child that’s in pre-school. Do you not read to your children do not have your children read to you


I know this sounds weird my daughters speech and also her reading teacher,said to put the captions on her tv. Because even if they don’t know it they are reading it and it helps to build their skills.i was skeptic but it helped her and now she is a sophomore and still prefers to have them on says it helps her do two things at once

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ABC Mouse is a good starting tool and easier level books. You’ve got this!

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Reading them bed time stories is hugely helpful, especially if you can do so with them able to watch and follow the words. I’m glad you are looking at getting him tested for a reading difficulty, you are doing all the right things for your son xxx❤️ while you are waiting for the testing, have a look at some online reading programs too, there are some great starting out programs that can help with dyslexia and also lots of forums that might have ideas for you to try with your son. Wishing you all the best xxx❤️

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My daughter is in 3rs grade and does not read. She has a iep and special classes. This year instead of focusing on phonics they are focusing on sight word memorization. This has helped her knowing what she is reading and starting to pick up on the phonics.

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Find books on a topic your son likes. For example: My youngest loves dinosaurs so we got begining books with dinosaurs as the characters then worked our way up to educational books and national geographic magazines.
That way he will be interested and more willing to put effort into reading

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Try the book teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons. It’s constantly recommended in my homeschooling groups, and I’m currently using it on my 4 year old. It’s going really well, mind you it’s extremely repetitive.

He will catch up. I didn’t start reading until I was 8/9 years old. (I lived in a war zone country and last thing on my parents mind was reading).It will be hard for him and he will get frustrated but don’t give up and encourage him and give lots of praises.

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Take it one step at a time. It’s something special you two can do together. Hang in there Mommy you got this😛

My son is dyslexic and wasn’t diagnosed until 3rd grade. There are great resources for children with dyslexia. Audio books that include written text helps also. He will catch up. :heart:

So you have to teach them. They just don’t learn over night.

Even with school if you don’t work with them they won’t learn.


Use books! Books you hold in your hand and read. I agree with Raz Kidz and Teach Your Monster to Read but he needs a book in hand. Start simple, let him build his confidence, then begin reading books closer to a second grade level. Model your reading to him. Have him echo read, you read then he reads what you just read. Raz Kidz can teach phonics as well. He can get caught up, it will just take a lot of dedication.

Also use arbookfinder.com to look up book levels to find books on his level.