My seven-year-old nephew is such a reluctant reader that despite the many teacherly suggestions I have been able to offer his mom and a lot of work with his own teachers he still just won't read. She isn't yet ready to have him tested for dyslexia or anything, but I wondered if anyone visiting this site might have some additional suggestions.
Things she has already tried:
- She reads a lot with him already (though she does all the reading while he does the looking).
- Working with easy readers that are super short and simple such as "Bob's Books," "Spots adventures with Dick and Jane" and the like along with phonics awareness curricula.
- Using a yellow film over the letters to make the pages easier to view.
- Having his vision checked.
- Taking Turns Reading Sentences.
- Playing lots of pre-reading games such as Down by the Bay.
- Book Walks before Reading.
- Providing ample choices of books in his interest area.
- Introducing him to sight reading of high-frequency words through flash-cards.
I actually think it might just be there is too much pressure. He has three older sisters that all read well and read on-time or early and a cousin that is almost his same age that started at three. It looks to me more like a matter of if mom just relaxes and lets it be for awhile, he might come around, but it is really hard to tell from a distance for sure.
With that context in mind, is there anything else I could suggest to her that may be helpful for him to get him started?