If Your Child Can’t Read There IS Something You Can Do About It!

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Do any of these sound like your child?

  • She should be able to read in school by now—but she can’t.
  • He has learned to read a little, but isn’t advancing with his classmates.
  • She doesn’t understand that letters mean sounds.
  • He can’t blend sounds together to form a word.
  • She skips little words, or adds in words that don’t make sense, and aren’t on the page.
  • He guesses instead of figuring out the sounds(decoding) in words.
  • She stumbles, stops, loses her place, or starts over, again and again.
  • He mixes up letters that are similar, such as b, d, p, and q, and/or words such as was and saw.
  • It sounds like he reads very well—but he doesn’t understand a word of it.
  • Reading at home is a daily battle between you and your kid… arguing, struggling, maybe even crying and tantrums.

If any of these sound familiar, I know that you’re scared, upset and worried about your child’s future if his reading doesn’t improve—fast! And if this is your situation, I can probably help your child with online reading tutoring.

I only teach only students who live in North America. Time zone difficulties mean I can’t teach children from Europe, Asia, South America, or Africa.

I have 30+ years of experience with students who have reading problems, and have created new and innovative ways to teach any skill, time and time again. So I have a VERY large toolbox of methods to get past reading blocks. I do not teach in the usual ways parents are familiar with from their school experiences. I change things up.

I teach American children using Skype, a video calling service that is free to you.

I offer a free session to parents who are sincerely looking for a reading tutor. See my FAQ for details, and check my prices to see if it’s something you can afford.

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If you’d like to learn about the experiences other parents have had with my services, read these recommendations from parents whose kids I have tutored.

If you are interested in having me help your child, tell me about your situation in the form below. It is totally private, and I’m the only one who will see it.

Thanks for visiting. Sending you and your child the best of wishes,

Miss Paula
The Online Reading Teacher

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173 Responses to “If Your Child Can’t Read There IS Something You Can Do About It!”

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  1. Mindy Jones says:

    Hello Miss Paula,
    I have sent you a message and just wanting to make sure you received it.
    Mindy Jones

  2. Cate says:

    I have a five and a half year old who is, by everyone’s account, extremely bright. She “read” symbols by 18 months – recognizing cars and other marks around town. She has been read to by others every day of her life, usually multiple books per day. She is good with numbers and count count past 100, play chess, etc. She has a huge vocabulary, writes long notes, spelling the words phonetically. She understands many rules of reading, such as why “e” at the end of the word makes the preceding vowel say its name. She is in pre-k and has not yet been taught any formal reading and I don’t want to pressure her in any way. However, she doesn’t read easily yet and often guesses at words though she knows how to sound them out. She also will learn something we discuss together on one page, such as “might”) but not be able to relate it on the next page where the word is “tight.” It just feels to me that reading is harder for her than I would have expected given her many intellectual capabilities. Am I just worrying over nothing or should I be concerned/taking any action? Thank you.

  3. Marie Smith says:

    Hi my name is Marie. I have a son who is in 7th grade. I am homeschooling him this year due to some bullying issues last year. Anyway, he is high functioning Autistic. He has been diagnosed with the Math disorder dsycalculia (I hope I spelled it right). His therapist and I noticed that when he reads, he seems to stumble over some words, and if he has to answer questions on what he read, he gets frustrated because when he flips back to find the answer on what he just read, it confuses him. We started making copies of the story/paragraph so he can have it right beside the questions he is answering. If it happens to be more than one page, he just simply turns each page that he is done with upside down so he can’t see the words. He says it’s to many words to look at when he has to flip pages. Is this a learning disability and if so what? Please help

    • Hi, Marie. I don’t diagnose disabilities. I just start with where the child is. I have some techniques to try with him, but can’t promise that they would help. We could only try it and see. The first lesson is free, so you have nothing to lose.

      Best of luck, either way. 🙂

  4. LuAnn Oldman says:

    I am frustrated I have a daughterl who is 26. She has been read to alot,but cannot read on her own. She is now graduated through high school. Of course listed as Special Needs. She has Epilepsy but as a mother I am frustrated that she still does not know how to read. Where do I start? She has been shifted from private home now to group home, mostly because of me. I have MS. I need help!!

    • V al says:

      Ma’am…..I am sorta in your situation….. My son is 18…… When he was In 3rd grade I begged the principal to evaluate him because I believed he may be dyslexic. No evaluation was done.back then they did tell me he was tested and did not qualify for the dyslexia program. But because he was mentally challenged he was then placed in a special education program and was just promoted year after year…. Every yearI begged and pleaded and went through every single department that I had to…. Noone ever took me serious….. When he got to high school….. The system placed him in regular classes, which is where he belonged in the first place. I don’t blame the teachers who had no idea that this high school student was illiterate…… They kept calling me angrily to tell me he was lazy…… He wasn’t lazy. He is dyslexic…. Good luck ma’am with your daughter……

      • Telesia says:

        i pulled mine to homeschool and have made progress. Also I would hire a tutor. Get private testing done and take results to school and demand services under the ADA act. It worked for me but I choose to homeschool because I get faster results. my curriculum is Orton Gillingham method phonics program and it works. There are many reading programs for dyslexics out there. Do your research. It’s not too late for your son to read.

  5. Carole Marshall says:


    Could you please tell me what you think, about a kid who is seven, still no handedness established, uses both hands, and when I told a teacher my concerns about it, her reply was “It’s nothing to worry about”.. This child is now in a school for additional needs… Any thoughts on this, please?

    Thank you
    Kindest regards.

  6. AbdulAzeez Oricha says:

    Hi, am a dad my son is 14years he cannot read and write very well, and he forgets easily pls I need your help.
    Tnx waiting for your response.
    AbdulAzeez o.o

    • Hi, Abdul,
      I can only work with kids in the U.S. because of time differences. Are you living here? If so, please check my FAQ and prices, and if you’re still interested, let’s set up a time for a meeting.

      Thank you for writing.

  7. Phindile says:

    Hi Paula

    My name is Phindi from SA, my daughter is 13 in grade6. She loves her books, she does her homework’s everyday she even attends after care. But her problem is she is battling to read English. Please help.

    • Nomvuso says:

      Hi Phindile. Did you get any help? My story is diff though, please let me know on +27 72 899 1698

    • Hi, Phini,

      I’m so sorry. I can’t help children on other continents. The time zones don’t work well together, and in truth, my skills lie more with kids in schools in the United States. Students speaking English as a Second Language from other countries are not something I specialize in.

      I do teach kids living here who come from English as a Second Language homes, and have done very well with them. But that’s because they’re surrounded by kids speaking in American English all day long. I’m a reading teacher, more than a foreign language instructor.

      I hope this makes sense. Thank you for writing.

  8. Gabisile says:

    please help me to help my son he just doesnt like his school books at all what can i do to help him and he is in grade 7 this year

    • Hi. Can he read well enough, but just hates it? Or does he need to learn more about reading?

      If he needs reading tutoring, I could probably help. Please check my prices, and if they’re acceptable to you, write to me through my Contact form above, in the list of site pages.

      Best wishes!

  9. Paula Nathaniel says:

    My child is 7 and reads at preschool level, cannot blend hates anything to do with reading how do I get him interested

    • Hi, another Paula!

      I’d love to see if I could help him. Have you checked into my information?

      If you’re still interested in trying him with tutoring, please let me know. I often can help with kids who aren’t motivated to read.

      Good luck!

  10. Christine says:

    Call me so I know what to do to help my daughter reading and homework (856)238-4922 or (856)503-6673 this is both my cell phones numbers house number (856)839-0464 it don’t matter what you call me anytime

  11. Dharmendra S says:

    Dear Madam
    Greeting for the day!
    One of my student studying class 4 th but he can’t read and write properly and he can’t remember any subject and any lesson all time please suggest what is the problem and how to solve it.

    Thanking you

    • thully says:

      dhramenda me too I do have my own child is 9yrs old he can’t even read the thing that is writing him self … so tress if u can get help pls help me pies…is doing gread 4

      • Hi, Thully,

        Sorry for the repetition, but wanted you to see the message.

        Here is my response to another commenter:

        Many children miss a crucial step, such as understanding short vowels, or long vowels, or the ‘le’ ending or vowels followed by an R. If this is the case, a 1-on-1 reading tutor might be able to help him.

        If it’s an overall inability to do anything at all in school, that’s beyond the scope of things I work on. I am devoted to reading, writing, language arts and related skills.

        Good luck.

    • Jyoti says:


      My nephew has same problem. Did you get any response from this site or any benefit from anyone else.

      • Hi, Jyoti,

        Here is the response I am giving to those with the same learning issues as described by Dsingh, below:

        Many children miss a crucial step, such as understanding short vowels, or long vowels, or the ‘le’ ending or vowels followed by an R. If this is the case, a 1-on-1 reading tutor might be able to help him.

        If it’s an overall inability to do anything at all in school, that’s beyond the scope of things I work on. I am devoted to reading, writing, language arts and related skills.

        Good luck with your nephew.

    • Hi, Dsingh,

      Many children miss a crucial step, such as understanding short vowels, or long vowels, or the ‘le’ ending or vowels followed by an R. If this is the case, a 1-on-1 reading tutor might be able to help him.

      If it’s an overall inability to do anything at all in school, that’s beyond the scope of things I work on. I am devoted to reading, writing, language arts and related skills.

      Good luck with your student. 🙂

  12. Patricia says:

    I would like to know what you suggest for a 9 year old 4th grade who doesn’t like to read and says its boring

    • Hi, Patricia,

      Is he able to read, and just doesn’t like it, or does he have reading problems?

      If there are no problems, I’d try graphic novels, audiobooks, and also to discuss anything and everything that interests him.

      If it’s a game, there are probably books with cheats and tips, or else sites online that he can read. If it’s sharks, search for sharks and nothing but! If he loves to draw, there are books that can show him how to draw anything in the world that he wants. Help him find those books.

      If none of these ideas help, and he needs more specialized help, please contact me through the Contact link above.

      Best of luck with him! I know how frustrating it can be. There IS something out there that will interest him. Then, once reading becomes more of a natural thing for him, hopefully he will find it less painful.

  13. Lorna says:

    I pray you can help us with Aleesha. She is 9 and has a reading age of 5 and a half to six.We have tried teaching her at home and did try getting a tutor but on 2 occasions out of 4 she hid under a table crying after about 40 mindutes. She sobbed on another occasion without going under the table.She wants to read and write and be able to do mathematics but really struggles and gets frustrated. She says she hates herself.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Can you please help me my child is in the 5th grade and is reading on a pre k level. I feel as if she could read better she would do better in all her subjects . please help me

  15. Derrick Leola says:

    could you please help me

  16. maya says:

    Please help me help my kids be great reads want can I do to help them more

    • Maya, I will email you about something that may help you. When you get my email, be sure to fill out the survey. OR, if you’re looking for one-on-one tutoring, let me know that too.

      We can work on these reading problems together. 🙂


  17. Thuli says:

    Hi Paula,

    My son is 8years old and in grade 3,I don’t know where to start or to say apparently my son changed school because we bought a house and he is in a new school next to where we stay the environment where he is now is totally differently and very high he couldn’t read a book when he gets to the new school as he was not given any books to read from the previous school he cant even create sentences on his own.Please assist us what to do we realy care for our son and want to give a big support he is still young.

    • Hi, Thuli,

      Do you want to hire me as a tutor for your son? I know how much you care, and how painful it is to see him not succeding at reading well enough to keep up at his new school.

      If you aren’t considering me as a tutor, but sure to sign up at the top of this page for the survey, which will give you free access to my new online program for kids who haven’t learned to read well enough at school

      Best wishes, and I hope to hear back from you.


  18. Kathlein says:


    My son is 10 Years old he’s been diagnosed with autism and ADHD he also has a IEP. He’s been in a special class for the past three years. He still can not read or wright he is on a pre-k leave in the 4th grad and I work with him all the time and it’s a fight. I have not seen any improvements, do you have and suggestions on what I can do to help him. Please Help

    • Hi, Kathleen,

      I know how frustrating it is to have your child so behind. It sounds like you’ve tried everything. I don’t know if I could help him or not, with private tutoring, but I could try. I’d let you know very quickly if it wasn’t going to help..

      But if you weren’t interested in private reading lessons, then do sign up for my survey at the top of this page. The course may or may not be helpful, but it would certainly be worth a try!

      Best of luck to you both,

    • jessica says:

      I have one my son have ADHD.. he plm read right now act like 2 grade but he in 4 grade goal was 30,000 wow hard get more read…he need lots read

  19. Monique says:


    My son is 5 years old anf he is struggling with reading. He know his site words but when it comes to reading the words in a sentence he struggles tramendously. I was wondering do you have any suggestions or activities that might help? I read with him everyday but it’s a struggle.

  20. lily says:

    I’m 17 years old in grade 7th I don’t what to do. I was late in admition to the school that why. I love to study but at the same time i feels very shy can you help me please

  21. veronica says:


    My son is in kindergarten. He enjoys math but struggles with reading. He knows all his letters and sounds. He is learning sight words but struggles with sounding words out. He shows enthusiasm toward math but does not enjoy reading. We have tried the Bob books but I noticed that he has memorized the books. When he doesn’t know a word he guesses. We would like to help him in any way that we can. Thank you.


    • Monique says:

      I have tge exact same issue. With my son.

    • Nicolette says:

      Same exact issue w my 7yr old daughter. Just entered 2nd grade but at a 1st grade level so they put in her a combo 1-2 class. She knows a lot of site words-sometimes she does, sometimes she doesnt. She memorizes books after first read so in k & 1st her home “reading” actually consisted of reciting from memory, which the school said was good for fluency, only now shes still w out progress. A lot of times when she doesn’t know a word she looks at pix or guesses (like they taught them to do in k), sometimes guessing w out even having same beginning sound. When if she wouldve just looked at the word to sound out herself she would have easily got it. But she usually doesnt try, then takes it very personal if you have to correcr her, then she gets discouraged, figits, & reads soft after that if at all. Waiting for rti meeting w school but as it is now shes in a 1-2 class & gerting no special extended reading instruction to advance her to her supposive level asap so she doesnt keep staying a year behind in reading again next year. Does good in math…and her reading skills shown are sometimes so variable being mind blowing one time & then forgeting basic sight words like “can” at others. I just want to know what I can do to help her. Thank you! Ps…its nice to hear that I’m not alone…

      • Tiffanie says:

        Every child develops at their own pace if you really are working with her she will eventually learn to read and write in the future by honetly trying to push her won’t help it will only hender her advancements due to you getting frustrated by her not doing what you think she should be able to do…I have homeschool all three of my boys and my oldest learned to read by age 7 my middle just turned six and just started learning his sounds!! I’m hoping he will be able to start reading this year If not then we will continue working with it for next year.

        • I disagree, Tiffanie. Children who are struggling often need 1-on-1 help from a teacher who understands what they are struggling with, and provides special techniques to show the child the different types of words and sounds. Not every parent is able to do this with their child, because the child does rebel. And outside person, someone not in the family, can often help poor readers, to get past the skills that are stopping them in their tracks, and to then progress through the reading skills, using good stories and deliberate teaching on what that specific child needs.

          Try me as an online reading tutor, or find someone local, or find anyone you can. Some children don’t just naturally “get it,” ever. They need a bit of extra help.

          Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  22. zulfa says:

    Hi. I need help please. I have an 8 year old son that struggles with reading and sounds. Please help as he 8 behind in his class.

  23. Geraldene Orrayed says:

    Hello Paula

    It’s nice to meet you. I’m a pre school teacher. Can you help me with problems I have with children aged 4 years, on teaching letters and phonics to Mostly Arabic children. They struggle with pronoucation and matching sounds of letters to pictures. What should the standards be for these children’s.

  24. Janet says:

    Hi, My 9 yr old 4th grader has always struggled with reading. He is behind a little for his age and grade level and recently his teacher contacted me because he went backwards on his benchmark for reading fluency. We have a meeting with her tomorrow to discuss our options. She said that he is easily distracted by other things that are going on around him (which he is in all aspects of his life even sports) and that he seems to become very anxious when he knows that he is getting tested on his reading. If he tests on a computer he will tell her it bumped him off, etc…and she thinks it is anxiety. I would like to know more about what I can do to help him before this meeting tomorrow. Thanks!

  25. angelica says:

    Hello i really need help on my son carlito he is 9 years old and cant read if he dont start to read better they will not pass him to 4th grade im worried he has an i.e.p and gettin help in school but nothing is helping please help.

  26. Neina Brady says:

    Hi Paula
    Our daughter(10) reads like a whip also advanced in spelling,however she cannot comprehend a single thing she reads. She can however comprehend while being read to…please contact me with any suggestions. I would be greatly appreciative of your information.

    Thank you Paula

    • Hi, Neina,

      It sounds like she needs help with visualizing a story, or non-fiction information. There are many strategies you can use to help with this.

      I’d go to http://www.readingrockets.org/

      and do a search for “comprehension.” You will find lots of different ways to try to help her begin seeing the reading means finding meaning.

      After you’ve read all those, do a search online for “reading comprehension” + “strategies.” You’ll find a plethora of different methods to use. One of them WILL work with your daughter. You just need to persist in building each into everything the two of you read together.

      My main suggestion is: Talk, chat, discuss, look at the pictures and model how they relate to the book, do a think-along, where you read, and stop often to show her how your mind interpreted the various elements of the story or information.

      Oral language between the two of you while reading can be the key to unlocking the comprehension component of reading. Some kids just get it. Some kids need to be shown how to make meaning…again and again and again. Experiment with all the methods you find. Eventually, I believe she’ll begin to improve.

      Contact me if you’d like me to do this work with her. I love teaching comprehension! Do check my prices first, though, to see if they’re acceptable to you.

      Best of luck!

  27. Joanne Frechette says:

    Hi there,
    I am desperate. My son is 8 years old ADHD…he can barely read.
    Can you help him?

  28. zizie says:

    hi i have a nine year old son who cant read i need your help. he’s teacher says is not her responsibility he should have learned on the past grades. what do i do to improve him.

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  30. Sandra says:

    Help, help, help! My daughter is 14. She’s 2 grades ahead with Math but she can not spell or blend sounds. She reads all of the time. Please help!!!!

  31. RICHARD ROCK says:

    Hi, I have 8 years old son name Jaymes ,he is currently reading @ an early 3rd grade level but he does not understand and he can not tell what his reading.Hope you can help us .

  32. Jerry Robinson says:

    I am actually one of Miss Bright’s former students. She was my sixth grade teacher. That was almost 25 years ago and I am still telling people about the huge impact she had on my life!

    I was born with cerebral palsy and as a child I did not have a lot of confidence in my academic abilities. In the second grade I transitioned from the special education system to the “mainstream” system and I had a very difficult time adjusting. I also had a 5th grade teacher who completely demolished my self-esteem. Miss Bright came to my rescue the following year! She worked with me, supported me, and most importantly, believed in me. She did not go easy on me but she also made sure that I had all the accommodations that I needed in order to succeed. I still remember her telling me that I was going to make honor roll that year. I honestly didn’t believe her. But she was right! I stayed on the honor roll throughout middle school and junior high, earned a 4.0 GPA in high school, and achieved the salutatorian distinction as an undergraduate student at Morehouse College. Right now I am working on my PhD degree at Syracuse University.

    Miss Bright not only is good at what she does but also cares a great deal for each one of her students. There are many teachers in the world but it is very rare to find one who not only understands the craft of teaching but also is able elicit previously untapped potential from students. Miss Bright is one of those rare exceptions!

  33. kristin says:

    Hi Paula,
    My son is in 4th grad, will turn ten this summer. He has struggled in all areas since first grade. He was diagnosed with adhd inattentive type a few years ago. We started him on medication this year, the doctor feels it is under control. He was also diagnosed this year with decrease in eye sight and now wears glasses full time. Big change for a nine year old. He is getting special help in school but is still at a first grade reading level. He was just tested fir learning disabilities, we are still waiting to hear results. The school seems to think he just doesn’t want to learn. I have seen him in tears because he can’t read and figure things out. I have tried so many things I am at a loss on how to help him.

  34. ghada says:

    hi I have daughter 6 yrs old firs grad now from last year she been have trouble reading forgetting very quick mixing numbers letters she gussing a lot am real worried about her we try online abc mouse I didn’t help she just like games I need help

  35. Malija says:

    Hello I came upon your site trying to look for solutions to help my little 7 year old nephew read better. I’m only 17 but his parents don’t seem to understand what to do exactly and just get upset when he fails all his exams. His reading problems are affecting all his subjects like Maths or Social Studies because he doesn’t understand instructions or directions. He is so behind that his teacher has said that he needs to repeat standard one (I like in the Caribbean) because he is not at the level of others in his class. He has all the problems you describe on this page and at the end of the day he is pushed to me instead of his parents to help him learn how to read. I don’t want my nephew to be illiterate so if you can help at all tell me what I can do to get him to read (the simplest words like who and they and road he has trouble with) So please do what you can. Thank you!

  36. ita says:

    i just hope to see a change in my child’s life pls do help me

  37. Kaycee says:

    Hey I need your help! I’ve been looking for a way to help my 17 year old brother (older brother) learn how to read, Were pretty close so I guess that why its bothering me it makes me really sad to see him struggle :'( & I know it fustrates him allot, honestly I feel so bad like its not his fault you know? He’s so smart and talented but he just doesn’t really know how to use it, Cause in grade 5 the school he was at was messed up! He cant even spell the word “because” or ” right” I always help him when he needs it but im not gonna be here forever I want him to have a good job and a good life! I know this was long but I’m just lost for what to do, mostly because my mom should be the one doing this 🙁 but shes kinda..slow.. But anyways your help or any advice would be great!

  38. Shae says:

    Hi my name is shae and I need ur help

  39. Heathet says:

    Hello, my name is Heather and my daughter just got her report card and her teacher is saying she is still nit at the level of reading that she needs to be. We have done the site words, the timing, etc
    and none of this seems to work. I don’t know what to do. There is nothing wrong with her comprehension, it’s her fluency. Please help, I do not want my daughter to fail the second grade!!!! I am not on facebook or Twitter…

  40. Jenna says:

    I need help! I am a Homeschooling Mom of two boys. They are 12 and 9. My 9yr old Son is reading at a Kindergarten level. He knows his letters and sounds….depending on the day I guess. He is JUST now remembering some basic sight words. I am 100% positive he has some form of a Learning Disability. I have not had him officially tested but I ask myself “what would the testing do anyway?” Because we Homeschool what can it really do for me? I keep hearing and reading people say “take him to a professional”…well who are these “professionals”? I can’t seem to find any real answers to my questions. Where do I take him? What can they do for me? Can I get any REAL help? Once he’s tested and diagnosed…then what? I am at a loss. Working with him causes both of us so much stress. I have tried Word games, computer games, flash cards, just teaching through day to day life, reading to him. He just doesnt remember anything! He is such a smart child and has NO problems with Math. He is my “common sense” kid. The way he views the world amazes me at times because it’s so beyond his years. But when it comes to using common sense in putting a simple word together it all goes out the window. His lack of reading has slowed us down in his other subjects. I have to read everything to him and tell him what to write down on worksheets. He has been in Speech Therapy since he was 3 and I just this school year pulled him out. Mainly because he wasn’t progressing and I didn’t care for his new Teacher this year. I wonder if the Speech plays a part in things. That would be something a “Professional” could tell me I guess. The people in the school didn’t seem to care enough to help me when I asked about Dyslexia ..I’m sure it’s because we Homeschool. So Please help me and guide me in the right direction!! Thanks!

    • Shannon K. says:

      I realize that this post is very old. But as I read what you wrote, it sounds exactly like what I experience with my now 9 year old son. Did you ever find success either through this website or other avenue. Just wondered.

  41. Maria says:

    Hi, I have a daughter in 1st grade. She is six and has been struggling to read since last year in kindergarten. As time goes by it seems to get worse. Her teacher recently told me she is very concerned because she has been getting extra help at school but doesn’t seem to be improving at all.
    Now she is trying to sound out letters and this seems to make things worse. Instead of trying to read all she does is sound out letters and isn’t making the connection to read the words.
    This is all very frustrating. Do you think you could help us?

  42. Ethan Hunt says:

    We have a 6 y/o who is struggling to memorize. We do sight words with him daily and daily reading. His progress is slow however not steady. He will forget the same word that he worked on the previous day. Let us know what can we do to help.

  43. My son is in 6th grade – He gets A’s then D’s he goes up and down. I had a meeting with his teachers and they think he has ADHD – I don’t. I think he has a reading problem. They all stated, “If they read the question to him – he gets the answer right”. So, if he has ADHD – wouldnt he not know the answers?? Because he wasn’t paying attention?? But, he is struggling to read??

    I am so confused…..they also said, he is a great kid, good manners, no problems.

    So, I decided to take away all his electronics and now he is getting good grades…..Is it reading, adhd or just him not wanting to be motivated????

    HELP PLEASE!!!!!

  44. Araceli says:

    My sister is in 4th grade and she is reading at a 2nd grade level. She needs alot of help. Can you help us?

  45. ruth says:

    We are having touble with our 7 year old son. The teacher is telling us that he reads a grade level but does not comprehend what he is reading. He’s also have a hard time in math, maybe because he does not understand the instructions. I wonder if you have any advice for us.
    He is dual language but english is his “main” language.

  46. Jessica says:

    I came across your wed site, as I was trying to find a way to help my 8 year old read and like to read. He is in 3rd grade and has a 1st grade reading level. He has got help in school, but I am not seeing much improvement. Any advice would be helpful.
    Thanks you

  47. jan neighbors says:

    I am a grandmother of a precious 8 year old little girl,
    who can read on a 3rd grade level but sometimes she
    can understand and tell you what she read but other
    times she don’t even have a clue? How much do you
    charge for the tutoring class? Jan Neighbors

  48. hiten patel says:

    hi i had problem of cant reed faster and make a loot of grammar mistake can u help me out plz

  49. Rochelle says:

    Hi, my name is Rochelle and i am a mother of 4 beautiful children. My only son Jaymen has had difficulty in all areas of reading from a young age…i havent ever thought hard enough about how to help him due to being so busy with work commitmemts. This year my boy is 10 and can only read very basic words. My husband and i decided that i would take this year or however long it takes off work to be there for not only my son but for all my children, to be able to help them more with their school work and have alot more patience…I need to learn how to teach him…if i dont learn how can i help him. My heart aches for my son being so far behind in his class and i need to do something about it now…any help would be greatly appreciated, Love Rochelle

  50. Jessica says:

    I meant can this site be real because it seems like it might be my saving grace…

  51. Jessica says:

    Can this be real? As I am listening to my daughter struggle to read, I keep wondering if I am expecting too much of my seven year old or if she really is as far behind as I think she is. She doesn’t do well on spelling tests, she has some speech problems, and she gets extremely frustrated that she can’t read as well as others in her class. I really don’t know if it’s a problem or she is just not working hard enough at it. It breaks my heart because her vocabulary is amazing, and her comprehension is beyond first grade. I just don’t know how to help her.

  52. Hillary says:

    I have a 6 yr old daughter who is having tons of issues with reading. She is still having trouble with short vowel sounds while the test of the class is working on long vowel sounds. She doesnt pay attention and is easily distracted. I try to help at home but have a 2 year old son at home that had me running wild all day long. The teacher has stated that if this doesn’t improve she must recommend retention. Please help

  53. Emilio says:

    Im starting this site cuz my bro is in 6th grade and he knows nutin. He needs help but he wont look 4 it soo wat cud i do im tryin but i think his behavior has been terribol to help i dnt kno wat to do.How can i teach him

  54. lisa richmond says:

    My 10 yr old son has difficulty understanding instructions given to him at school, he is left to get on with his own work.his teachers tell him to ask for help, when he does this he is told he should know by now. He only seems to understand instructions if he is told step by step, grasping each step carefully. He also has difficulty reading and was born with a speech problem which he grew out of. He also has a terrible memory. He is in special lessons for English and maths and gets poor grades at school. He has very low self esteem. Have asked all his teachers for help and also asked for assessment of learning difficulties. He has an older brother whom has had no problems at all. Please help or direct me to where I can get help for him?

  55. Jeff says:

    Hi Paula – what a great service you are providing. I wanted to share a quote. Keep up the GREAT work!

    “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

    — Frederick Douglass

  56. tumie says:

    My son is 9 yrs old he’s in grd 4 the problem is he can’t read anything is like at school they just pushing him to the next grade the way he is even a preschool kid can read I really don’t know what to do I was thinking of taking him to the doctor psychological doctor. Please help

  57. Daria says:

    I am simply pleased I discovered this web page. Maybe you would like to place my banner on site? How can I contact you on private?

  58. Suzanne Grey says:


    You should be patient since it takes time for a kid to be taught.

  59. Britney says:

    I am looking for help for my kindergartner. There are days when he gets the letters and words right away and then there are days when I feel he just isn’t really trying or he cant remember what I just taught him 2 minutes ago. He remembers some letters and other letters he gets mixed up. I try and help him but sometimes, I must admit, I don’t have the patience. I also have a 6 month old who is a Big crier, which doesn’t help. I need away that I can help him understand and remember or someone who can help him for me. Any suggestions?

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      I’m so glad we were able to connect on Facebook. 🙂

      I hope I’ve eased your mind a bit. With a kindergartener, there’s every chance in the world that he’ll move past it. But I also know that some kids do need help early to avoid later problems. I’m glad we talked this one through a bit. Hang in there, and contact me if you sense things don’t improve by summer, or after school starts next year. I’ll be here.

      Good luck with the Big Crier. I know that is so terribly exhausting. Keep smiling’. 🙂

  60. Amber Miller says:

    Hello! I am sitting here in the middle of the night searching and searching the Internet on how to help my 6 year old son! A little quick history. I homeschool my three boys. Ages are 10, 6, and 4. My oldest has been reading very well since he was 4 years old. It has been smooth sailing with him and he reads non stop! My 6 year old is the exact opposite. We started him with kindergarten this year because he was obviously not ready when he was 5. He did not even know his colors at that time. He could match colors, he could color with the correct colors(green for grass, blue for sky), but he could not tell you what the colors were. If you asked him what the color of something was, he could not tell you. Then one day it all clicked! Now we are running into the same problem with letters. He can write them, and he can give the sounds of a few of them. But he cannot tell you any letter names, and he is not able to put the sounds he does know into a word. He is beginning to get very upset by this because my 4 year old will come up behind him, look at the word, and say “it says RAT!”. Truly wonderful that my little guy is a reader at 4, but absolutely devastating to a six year old. 🙁 I am at a loss. We have tried text book work, video games, scattering letters all over the house and doing a jumping game(i say “jump on the d” and he goes to the r.

    • Amber Miller says:

      Oops, wasn’t finished. 🙂 a couple additional points. He is amazing at math! Can recognize numbers, measure, add, and subtract with little effort! He is great at problem solving and puzzles. Absolutely loves science and geography. He gets very upset if he cannot be involve in those subjects with his big brother. It is just the reading and letters that he is really struggling with.

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Whew! Stacie, I’m so glad we finally connected! That’s a relief. I’m looking forward to working with him. 🙂

  61. jackie says:

    I have a 9 and 8 year old sons. I also have a 7 year old daughter. My 9 and 7 year olds are having problems with reading. My 9 year old knows words but has problems with spelling them and saying them. My 7 year old just can’t say them. When they read they can’t tell me what they read. I have tried to break the words down for them. I have tried on-line tools and have even gotten help for them in their school. Nothing seems to help them. No one in the family has a learning problem. I need help. I am a single mother and have very little income coming in. Is there anything else i can do to help them understand what they read and remember it. I have been reading to them since they were born and i get them to read to me as best they can. My 9 year old can spell the words out loud but he can’t write them on paper.
    Thanks in advance for your help

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Jackie, I so wish you had left your email. Talk to me again through my contact link at the top of the page and we can talk further about this. I have no way to reach you. I’m sorry. 🙁

  62. Catrea says:

    My daughter is in 1st grade however her reading skills are still that of a child in KG. She does not enjoy reading at all and during our reading time it usually ends with both of us upset. I have ran out of ideas to help her read. When reading with her she needs to sound out every word even words that when you ask her how to spell them she can “the” for example. She may have a word down on page 1-3 and then on page 4 it is as if she has never seen the word before. I need she has been seeing a reading tutor twice a week for 4 months now I thought it was helping. I now have a meeting with her school in 2 weeks I am nervous about this as well. I have considered dyslexia, my younger brother had dyslexia. We need help.

  63. Heather says:

    Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

  64. setsh says:

    hi im setsh i’m in 7th grade and i need help reading when ever we read in class i try to go to the bathroom so i dont get called on to read. the only problem i have is that i just cant pronounce big word and i cant read fast like the others do. please help me?

  65. Lauren says:

    Hi Paula,
    My son is very good at reading and writing. I think this is because he enjoys reading a lot. I make sure to gift him a book on every weekend and he makes sure to complete reading the entire book the same day. He is passionate about reading.

    • Paula says:

      That’s wonderful! I’m sure it is because you’ve shown him how great reading can be, and luckily he absorbed that thought. It sounds like things are perfect right now! 😀 Good for you.

      That doesn’t happen for all kids who struggle with reading, of course…sometimes there are other things in the way. But we can usually get rid of whatever is blocking the child from reading. Lots of reading successes happening here, I’m glad to say. And I’m happy for you with your son! 🙂

  66. Akeilah Harris says:

    Hello, I have a 3rd grader who is having a hard time reading and comprehending what she’s reading. If it’s possible can you please contact me

    • Paula says:

      Hi, Akeilah. I’m still hoping to hear back from you. Write soon! I’d like to see what’s up with your daughter.

  67. Akeilah Harris says:

    Hello, I have a 3rd grader who is having a hard time reading and comprehending what she’s reading. If it’s possible can you please contact me t

  68. John Stephen says:

    I have a 9 year old who just not motivated to read any book. I do not see she loves reading any book and she is in 4th grade and reading is the pillar for every area and I am so worried that do not know what to do.

    • Paula says:

      John, I’d love to hear from you again. I wanted to email you, but couldn’t. I’ll try to give you some suggestions here soon. Is she able to keep up, despite no enjoying reading? Can she read at all?

      Let me know. Best wishes!

  69. KateW81 says:

    My son is 6 yrs old. He really does well in school and he learns to read all by himself alone…I can see the eagerness with him. He always wants to learn something new without any help. I’m very much proud of him.

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Kate, you are a good and lucky mom for sure!

      Usually, most children who can’t read or read poorly come from fine homes, where reading is valued, yet something just doesn’t click in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade.

      Often it extends to third or fourth grade. It’s terrifying for parents, because most know that their child doesn’t have a chance in school unless their kid conquers the reading problems.

      Congratuations on your wonderful child, and I’m so very happy for you that he is doing well. Most people who end up here have a child who is not doing so well.

      Luckily, I know LOTS of ways to help those kids. 😀 Thanks for visiting, Kate. Keep us in mind if any of your friends’ kids have real problems. 😀

    • Paula says:

      Kate, you should be proud. It’s a fantastic feeling to know that your child is an eager reader who loves to learn.

      One day I hope that all the parents who use this site or ask for my help get to feel such a wonderful thing. I’m very happy for you! 😀

  70. Beth Smith says:

    I have a son , the school tells me that I need to start doing things at home which I have already have done in the past. But he is almost ten! is this normal? Im worried maybe he just didn’t learn everything properly along the way. What do I do!

    • Paula says:

      Beth, I wrote you and hope to hear back. I have some suggestions for you as well. At age 10, no, he is past the age of slow development, and may now have real issues.

      I’d suggest having him tested for eye issues and possibly dyslexia with an eye specialist who works with parents whose children are failing to read, rather than just an eye physician.

      Good luck, and I’ll be happy to read with him and then tell you what I find out. Let me know. Best wishes, for sure!

  71. Mr Balogun says:

    my daughter is about 9 years of age.she is so brilliant.she always come first in exams but she cant read very well.what can i do to help her

    • Paula says:

      Sir, it sounds odd that she does so well on exams if she can’t read them well. But—congratulations!

      I’d be happy to read with her and let you know what I find out. I’ve emailed you, so let me know if you want me to check it out. 🙂

  72. sandraw2580 says:

    Paula, I don’t have a child to start with.. I Just want to say, after reading all this comments, and you advice, that you’re one hell of a teacher! Pardon my French.. And that you inspire people! I know, coz you just inspired me!

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Sandra, that’s so kind of you to say. It feels good being appreciated. And thank you for stopping by! 😀

  73. edmond0925 says:

    Hi Paula… These are great tips and I am very happy that I visited your site. This is very helpful for my son. Thank your for giving these ideas.

  74. Gaye says:

    my 6 year old nephew doesn’t seem interested with books either but he can read, slow though.

    • Paula says:

      Gaye, keep reading fun picture books with your nephew. Fun books can work wonders.

      Even if he’s not very interested, if you keep it light, don’t try to teach, and just enjoy the time together, he may gain more interest.

      If he doesn’t speed up over time, come back and let me know. I’d love to read with him.

      Best of luck, and thanks for being a good aunt!

  75. rita says:

    Hi Paula: I have a 9 year old who just not motivated to read any book. I do not see she loves reading any book and she is in 4th grade and reading is the pillar for every area and I am so worried that do not know what to do. can you help please. thanks

    • Paula says:

      Rita, I do so wish you’d left your email. I would have been happy to chat with you about it.

      Folks, if you are worried about spam, or your email being seen online, that will never happen. Your email is secure, and I will write you only to offer my help. If you’re not interested, I will leave you alone. That’s a promise. 🙂

  76. Cathy Simpson says:

    I have a five year old daughter who is studying K1 at the moment. I believe she is a very talented child, she can easily memorized her recital and song their teacher teach them. But I have some hard time with her reading I teach her at home. I even let her watch some Alphabet Phonic song so she can learn reading fast. What else do I need to do?

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Hi, Cathy. At 5, the best thing you can do is to read with her every day. Be sure she has lots of books of her own or from the library and that she sees you reading for yourself too.

      Can you describe the problems you are having at home? I’m emailing you with this question in case you don’t make it back here. I’ll talk with you soon! 🙂

  77. Jamie says:

    my son is 8. I believe he has an auditory processing disorder and possibly dyslexia. Neither have been diagnosed. We homeschool. I can not seem to teach him to read. He still does not know most of his alphabet or the sounds they make. (our 3 yr old is better than Chris at it). He knows about 5 sight words. Should I get him tested to see exactly what we are dealing with? What help is available?


    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Hi, Jamie. You probably should get him tested but I must warn you, it takes a long time. In the meantime I highly recommend getting him some help. I have emailed you some information. I hope to hear back from you very soon. 🙂

  78. Suerae Stein says:

    It’s a great thing that you do here, Paula. Reading opens a whole new world to children and reaches far into adulthood. I don’t know what I would do without a good book to lose myself in! It’s great that there are people like you that can help kids that might be having some trouble. Great post! ~Suerae

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Suerae, thank you so much for coming by. I agree with you. Reading has kept me sane through some pretty troubled times. I don’t know how I’d survive without it. It’s my pleasure to pass on the gift to kids who don’t see how to use it at first. When they do get it, Katy bar the door! I envision my readers changing the world one day. And that makes me very happy. 🙂

  79. Paula says:

    Jennifer, I emailed you with some information, and look forward to chatting. 🙂

  80. Tricia says:

    Hello Paula. My son Rodney just entered the third grade and seems to be reading directions well, but when it comes to reading a short story and answering questions about it, he is having a hard time understanding what he reads and he gets so frustrated and embarrassed at the same time. How can I help him…. It breaks my heart to see him struggling.

    • Paula says:

      Tricia, I have lots of ideas. Give me his age, his grade, and anything else you think might be involved. If answering questions is the only problem, then we are in good shape!

      Also, email me at paula_lee_bright at charter dot net. I will gladly meet with him (as I will do for any parent who is worried about a child) (or grandparent, or aunt, or…you get the idea!) and give you suggestions on how you can help him at home. If you want to consider tutoring, of course I’d be happy to help you with that too. But that’s certainly not necessary for us to chat. 🙂

      First and foremost, we need to figure out what’s going on. Please do contact me. 🙂

  81. Jennifer says:

    This might be unusual, but I have an 8 year old daughter that we adopted from China almost 2 years ago. She actually has the skills needed for reading fluently, but her problems seem to lie with not understanding what she is reading. I understand that part of this is still a little bit of a language barrier, but most of it is something else. If you read something to her, she can answer questions about it, but if she reads the exact same thing by herself, she cannot answer the same questions. The teacher also noticed this when she failed a test. The teacher then re-gave her the same exact test, but asked the questions out loud and she was able to answer every question correctly. Have you heard of this before? It’s very frustrating because she’s in the middle reading group for being able to read well, but she’s getting a D- in reading because of the tests and stuff she has to do outside of just reading something.

  82. Christina says:

    Hello, Paula: Great News! I noticed today, that my daughter India is behaving and responding to me with poise and confidence instead of hasty insecurity. I know this newly developed healthy/self love behavior is directly related to you teaching India that,…. she can and Will Read!

    • Paula says:

      Christina, what you’ve written here is the kind of thing that makes every day I spend with kids here on the internet a joy. I too have seen her grow, blossom and change right before my eyes. India’s reading issues were not as complex as we thought initially, and I was sure early on that I could solve a few problems and make it infinitely easier and more fun.

      Bless your heart for telling me, and bless our girl’s heart for being so ready to learn! I can’t wait to start our group of young girls reading and chatting together!

  83. Gershell Rembert says:

    Sorry My email was incorrect last time, I cant wait to hear from you

  84. Gershell Rembert says:

    I have a 10 year old who has a hard time sounding out works grasping what he read and understanding different phonics. I need your help!!! I hate to sound desperate but I need you….

  85. Christina says:

    Hi, Paula: Just wanted to say… “Thank You”. My daughter India is reading with confidence.

    • Paula says:

      Christina: Nothing could please me more than India’s progress in this short time together. It’s a pleasure to continue working with her. 🙂

  86. Susy says:

    Hi Paula,

    this is more of a comment rather than a problem.

    You are fantastic, your work is inspiring and hopeful! I mean it with all my heart.

    I was at my wits end when my daughter Sophia (8) started working with you. I had tried everything i knew to get her to read like every other 2nd grader i was around. I started to question her ability and wondered if she would ever be able to reach her full potential? would she ever be able to make a difference in this world? Would she be stumped by the fact that she couldn’t read? I just couldn’t phantom my daughter starting 3rd grade and reading like she was in 1st grade, a struggling 1st grader at that!

    I happen to come across your website and you started working with Sophia. In a very short time she was more fluid in her reading, she was more bold in trying to read difficult words and she was enjoying reading.
    Sophia will be starting school in a few weeks, my heart is content. I know she will start 3rd grade with the tools she needs to keep up with her peers. Don’t get me wrong we still have some catching up to do.

    My last comment is that we need someone like Paula, with her passion and dedication in every single classroom in America! We need people like her to help the struggling readers realize they CAN READ!

    • Paula says:

      Susy, your note means more to me than you can know. Having no children, and being physically unable to handle teaching at a school any more, figuring out a way to bring my skills online was a big gamble.

      I’m thrilled that my gifts carry over through Skype, and that I was able to figure out Sophia’s issues and help solve them.

      What a joy it has been, and I look forward to our continuing lessons!

  87. Kiara says:

    Hello, my daughter is in the third grade and seems to be reading directions well, but when it comes to reading a short story and answering questions about it, she has a hard time understanding what she reads and gets frustrated at the same time. How can I help her….

  88. There is such a demand for your services Paula, great to see such a wonderful banner when I visited.

    • Paula says:

      Maureen, thank you so much! I like the view of so many great kids. 😉 Yes, it’s a much needed service. I love every minute of it. Thanks for visiting!

  89. monique says:

    My son is 8 he is having trouble in school. He kinda enjoys math but when it omes to reading and writing it makes him sick. I have worked with him and it helps a little but still not enough to get him through 2nd grade.

    • Paula says:

      Sorry to somehow have overlooked your note for so very long. I will be happy to talk to you about this. I look forward to hearing from you. There are several things we could try. Write soon! I’ve emailed you. 🙂

      • Carol says:

        My son is also 8. I see him stuggle with sounds. He will get threw a word and it will come up again in the next sentance and he will struggle with the same word again. I believe he is reading 1st grade level if even that. He gets so upset when it is time for us to read and when we do he hardly can tell me what the story is about. Please help.

  90. Hi Paula, I landed on your site via brag about your blog day. You are doing a fantastic service to the community and something that is much needed. I also do mentoring and coaching with young people and sometimes, it surprises me how many boys in particular do not actually like to read, so they don’t. Sadly, an increasing number of boys see reading as a thing that girls do; this a myth and real shame and ends up with a lot of young men who are able yet disconnected from reading. Keep doing what you do, we need you! Donovan

    • Paula Lee Bright says:

      Donovan, how kind of you to visit and bestow the lovely compliments.

      What you say about boys is so very true. I work hard to battle that syndrome every day.

      Kudos to you on the work you are doing as well! We have to hang in there and do it for the kids, right? Great to meet you. 🙂

  91. Nicole Gonzales says:

    Hi Paula- I have a 6 year old in a SP class. He has Sensory Processing Disorder. They placed him in class he doesn’t belong in, his verbal and cognitive reasonings are in the superior range. We are taking steps to fix this but, this year has been almost a total waste. That is either here nor there though. I’m am now attempting to help him reach the milestones for his grade that they haven’t been working with him on. Sight words have now become my biggest focus. His attention span because of his SPD is horrible. He is not autistic and I’m am told his IQ is above average, he is just hard to teach. HELP!!!

    • Paula says:

      The situation you describe is extremely difficult. What you know about your son isn’t meshing with what the school tells you, and they don’t seem to be recognizing that they may have misdiagnosed him. At the very least, they aren’t recognizing the abilities that he does have, which are his IQ and verbal/cognitive talents.

      I have some thoughts, but need to think a bit. I’ll be in touch.

  92. Christy says:

    I have a 6yr old son and he has problems with the sounds of letters and sounding out word.
    he can memorize a list of words but if you mix them up
    he acts like he has never send the word before.
    when im helping him with his homework he gets mad.
    i struggle with a reading problem and i what to do what ever i can for him so he want be limited to what he can do in life.

    • Paula says:


      It’s not “normal,” in that schools expect him to be a successful reader by now. But it isn’t abnormal either. This is because in reality, a lot of kids aren’t reading as well as schools expect them to. This is a problem we have and need to address in education.

      But he definitely does need some help, and pretty quickly too. From here on, the things he is expected to read will become more and more difficult, and he’ll fall further behind unless you take steps to find a solution to his reading problems.

      Question: Has he been tested at school for problems such as dyslexia? If not, he should be. Either way there are still options open to you. But do let me know on this.

      He may be one of the kids who needs to learn to read using a different learning style. That can be helped.

      Or, you’re right, it is possible he didn’t learn everything along the way. But it’s also possible that he didn’t have motivation from the beginning, in which case it would have been tricky for any teacher to get him started. I’d only know that after talking with you.

      Since he is 10, I’d strongly advise that you get some outside help. I agree with the school that he needs to be doing things at home, but things aren’t always that easy, are they? I’m guessing that you’ve been trying to read with him and work with him all along, if you’re like most moms.

      The question is, what to do next. I ‘ll post a list of suggestions on what is available for solving the reading problem here.

      Please do ask any further questions you have on the comments below the article, or use the contact form above. I’ll send you the link ASAP.

    • Paula says:

      Christy, the problems you describe happen often for children who may be on a different learning schedule than schools have set for reading. He also may need some help learning a different way to work with letters and words.

      What does his teacher say about his reading? Have you spoken with the school about it? I’d love to talk with you about a few questions I have for you.

      I’ll be posting a list of suggestions here for you and Ariella (the comment above) in the next day or so. I’ll send you the link as soon as it’s up. 🙂

  93. Ariella says:

    My son is about to turn 10 years old and he has serious reading trouble such as, he takes a long while to sound out even the most simple words and has no motivation to get better at it. The school tells me that I need to start doing things at home which I have already have done in the past. But he is almost ten! is this normal? Im worried maybe he just didn’t learn everything properly along the way. What do I do!

  94. Paula says:

    Thanks again for visiting, Suzanne! We’ll take the rest of the work off site, and will be working in the private area on your son’s lessons. I’ve emailed the URL to you.

    Can’t wait! He’ll do wonderfully. 🙂

    Miss Bright

  95. nicole' johnson says:

    my son is in kindergarden he is having a terrible reading and reconizing words. and i believe this is effecting his behavior. i have gotten flash cards and worksheets off line. also i have gotten books to help but nothing seems to be helping … what do you suggest

    • Paula says:

      Hi, Nicole! I’m so glad you came by.

      Be sure to sign up for the newsletter, if you haven’t already, so that you’ll get notification every time something new comes out for him.

      Can you give me a list of 10 words that he’s working on? I’ll do something specifically for him. Be sure to let me know by commenting below. 😀

      For now, read these two articles: and

      They’ll give you fun ideas of new ways to work with sight words.

      Especially use the suggestions for making the letters by hand, with shaving cream, spaghetti, and more. He may be a “kinesthetic learner,” which means his brain will absorb it more readily if his body is involved in practicing the words.

      I hope these help temporarily, and I’ll work on getting more information to you. With the holiday, I may be delayed a bit, but I won’t forget. I’ll be putting some things together for you.

      Have a great Thanksgiving, and you’ll be hearing from me!


  96. Adena Atkins says:

    Hi Paula,

    Just stopping by to wish you good luck with this website. Reading adds so much richness to life; you’re work here is so important.

    • Paula says:

      I appreciate your words! Thank you.

      For me, reading is so fundamental to my life that I can’t imagine being unable to do it.

      That’s why I feel so strongly about giving this gift to those who haven’t been able to “get it” yet. My heart breaks when I see a child who was passed on year by year, yet nobody took the time to remedy it.

      I do know that there are a few people who simply don’t learn no matter how hard people have tried to help. There are many awesome teachers who work on this problem every day for every child.

      I hope someday schools will be a place where every child is taught at the level “where they are,” no matter how low that may be.

      • abby says:

        hi i am abby and i am 11 and i need help with reading i am in 6 th grade and i am on a 2nd grade level can you help me please

        • Paula Lee Bright says:

          Abby, I hope you’ll write me back. I haven’t heard from you and will email again. Hang in there! 🙂

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