First, I want to warn anyone reading this that it is likely to be long. I haven't been here in a couple of years I think and I'm coming now desperate for some guidance. I would like to tell as much about my son as possible just in case anything might resonate with someone else. My middle ds is 7 and in first grade on paper. He has never been to public school. His birthday was in Sept. so he could actually be in second grade but was so not ready for K when he was 5. I taught my oldest to read at age 4 with no problem. The same approach (HOP) didn't work with my middle son. He was very delayed in being able to write. I was so worried because at almost 6 he could barely draw a straight line still. Now, however, he is very good at handwriting and loves to draw. In fact, he is very talented at it. I was hoping reading might be the same way but I have been through numerous programs and we have not gotten anywhere. He is VERY easily distracted. He has a very creative mind and is always obsessing about whatever is on his mind at the moment and can't think about anything else. For example, today he had clay animation stuff on his mind and could only think of looking up clay animation movies, books, drawing clay animation, etc. It's always something. He has no focus unless it's what he happens to already be obsessing about. When I say obsessing, I really mean it. He is easily frustrated and whiney too. He is a very imaginative and creative child and very intelligent but school stuff is just not easy for him. Math hasn't been easy either but I won't get into that. He gets letters b/d/p, n/h confused. He gets confused with the e/i sounds. He is still sounding out very easy CVC words and the first level of BOB books are still a struggle. We are now halfway through his first grade year and I feel like we are running in circles. At the moment, we are using ETC in combination with a Dianne Craft reading book, also trying sight words and have tried and have been trying phonograms. I'm at my wit's end and don't know what to do. I also have two other children I'm teaching at home and I am very overwhelmed. Any help or suggestions? Thank you.