You may have a mechanical child if:
Let me tell you why I can spot a mechanically-minded child from a mile away
After raising two off the chart readers my third child reached teaching age and nothing worked. At 5 years old he would tell me all about the neighbors' lawn mowers. Then he would sit through reading lesson ready to explode.
He was not just frustrated. When I pointed out letter sounds he looked at me like I was making things up. Memory songs and word families meant nothing to him. Yet, by 8 years old he had surprisingly keen interests.
He was smart, attentive, and not reading after 3 years of trying any program I could get my hands on.
Then one day when we were driving my son called out from the back seat. "Mom, I know how you can teach me to read". I nearly drove off the road.
In a nutshell, he expected letters to represent one and only one sound.
The revelation: the lessons he was hard wired to understand did not exist in English!!
I had already started collecting the most reliable rules from good programs.
Now began the second half of a six year research quest (or adult
I am sure language is a gift. God had not left my child out of it. If I knew to vary basic letter sounds when reading, then I must be picking up simple visual clues. Find those clues and I could teach that skill.
I knew I was really onto something when:
I finished my first set of homemade flashcards. We went through them 5-10 at a time. I turned the rules into word list work sheets and progress happened fast.
I remember vividly when birthdays were no longer an embarrassment. Now, my son could read his own cards!
If you are crying (or laughing) right now then you know that plain old phonics is never going to suit your child. Out of dire necessity I've shared tools that do!
Most any child will improve with better phonics tools, but for a mechanical child it may be the only way they ever read well.
I've put all the tools I can get online and keep adding more. Dig in and keep the power tools on the very top shelf!!