This week we went back to A Workbook for Dyslexics. We've used that 3x this week. W is reading the words and sounds quickly, writing out dictated sentences properly, and taking an 18-30 word spelling test in each lesson. We finish a lesson in one sitting which takes about 20 minutes. W's improvements in reading have been remarkable. He still just guesses at unfamiliar large words and names, writes some letters backwards, and gets so physically drained in a short period of time, but overall he's still on grade level in spite of his dyslexia. Even the neurologist said that based on his scores, he shouldn't be able to do what he can do. That gives me such hope that we can overcome this and having dyslexia won't get in the way of him succeeding at anything he puts his mind to.
Prince Caspian is also going well. I'm really happy W likes this series of books. I read it to him and he narrates. I want him to realize that reading can be really fun and interesting and that the whole world opens up to someone who enjoys reading. He still won't read for pleasure, but maybe this will give him that spark to want to pick up something on his own. We are also reading The Complete Book of World History together. It's for 4th-8th grade and it's laid out well. We're at the beginning with early man and I think we'll make a visit to the Museum of Natural History to get an up-close, hands-on study of these chapters. Soon I'll give him the book to read on his own and do chapter summaries. He is still also reading silently for 20-minutes a day - whatever he wants. He needs to get more into the habit of reading on his own.
After we settle into this schedule a little more, I'll add back field trips, nature study, and art to fill out the rest of the week. And I just ordered 4 more books: one on understanding poetry, one on paragraph editing, one on science, and one on US history. I feel so good about how things are going so far.