Hello All, I have a 2nd grader who is struggling with phonics. I have homeschooled him since Kindergarten. We are working on Teach Your Child to Read in 100 EZ Lessons and are on Lesson 95. He has done well with this because he is able to learn words by recogniziton vs. phonetic decoding. The lesson repeat the words and add new ones as the lessons go along. He also does well with a reader series: Faith and Freedom (Catholic) same principal. He reads about 180 pages of one of these readers leveled at 1-3rd grade. The book consists of 5 units. He can read this well and the whole reader in 1.5 hours. He can read simple CVC words and know many sight words probably beyond a second grade level. When he encounters a word he doesn't know he looks for context clues, pictures and intial letters to "guess" at the word. He is had big troubles with digraphs i.e. We have tried Saxon phonics, Sound beginnings and Seton phonics (Catholic curricula). He still has troubles and refuses to use phonics skills to decode words. So, he has trouble with new books that present unfamiliar words. He becomes very frustrated and generally dissolves into tears. Looking for thoughts or suggestions. His reading continues to improve via the readers and learning new words visually/sight words but his phonics skills are weak and not going anywhere.