Stunned, shocked, and delighted!

Dear David and Sarah,

I just wanted to let you know that Zackery started to read on his own accord from Friday.
He has been asking for it himself, we have not pushed the issue at all. Why is it such a big deal?
Well, he has never done it before. Reading was always a battle, something he did not want to do so we had to use all sorts of strategies to get him reading.
Now he is initiating, he does not moan after a few pages that its too much. He simply wants to read.
Zack picked his Oxford reading tree books, on Friday he read 6 stories in level one (of course well below his reading level at school but at least he wants to do it) and than he read The Gruffalo back to back. Twice.
Today after Easyread we read a story of level 4 from the Oxford Reading Tree.
We have a few words read from back to front, but much, much less. Also the amount of reading words that are not even there has gone down an incredible amount.

All in all, a great result so far. To be honest I have not expected this so early (just today we have done lesson 30).
Are there any suggestions or things we need to be careful of or look out for now?

Sorry to go on about this but we are stunned, shocked but most of all delighted.

Thank you so much for your help and support. I think that speaking to David has had an amazing effect on my son

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No more dread of reading!

It is going well for Alex. His reading has improved. This happened at an early stage with the course. He has read aloud a few times at school and reported back that it had gone well. This would have filled him with dread before doing easy read. He is more confident and finds the lessons quick to do. He has not shown any more progress since his initial surge but it was such a marked improvement with his reading, maybe it is more gradual now and therefore less obvious.
He is reading more at home which is lovely to see.

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Famous Dyslexics: Jim Carrey

Comedian Jim Carrey is best known for his roles in Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, and Liar Liar. Famous for his crazy facial expressions and slapstick physical comedy, Carrey has come far from humble beginnings.

His family had very little money when Carrey was growing up. They moved around a lot to try to make ends meet, and Carrey attended part of high school while working 8-hour night shifts. He eventually dropped out before graduating to help his family earn income.

He had undiagnosed dyslexia, and struggled to read from a young age. He used his amazing memory to get through school, where he was known for being the class clown.

One of his teachers came up with a novel way to nurture his creativity while preventing class disruption. She allowed him 10 minutes at the end of class to perform a stand-up comedy routine if he agreed to pay attention for the rest of the lesson. So Carrey actually honed his comedy skills in the classroom!

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for Oxford Learning Solutions, publishers of the Easyread System. Easyread is an online program for children with reading difficulties, dyslexia, auditory processing issues and more. Try 10 lessons for free at


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