When summer vacation nears, I receive emails from parents who want to know whether their dyslexic children should be tutored two, three or up to five days per week. In addition, I am often asked whether they should enroll their daughters or sons in summer reading enrichment programs that consist of small group instruction.
My answer always remain the same: If parents are able to provide one-on-one tutoring for their child from a certified Orton-Gillingham and/or Wilson Reading teacher then the more days per week, the better. I advise parents to ask questions about group reading instruction in terms of class size, teacher/student ratio and most importantly, if the program uses the aforementioned reading approaches or other systems that are consistent within his own public or private school.
Parents will see positive results from summer tutoring and children will also feel the ease of transitioning back to reading in September, without having missed a significant summer tutoring block.