Is he attending public school? There should be school programs and teachers that can be assisting him at no charge. They may also be aware of other programs that could help you.
The best thing you could do for him is practice with him, and be consistent. When my daughters were younger I used learning books from Wal-Mart. They range from preschool age and up. They are wonderful and very inexpensive, $5-$8 each.
As far as I know you cannot get hooked on phonics free unless someone on answersyahoo has a program they do longer use and wishes to share it. Go to the local library in the kids department and talk to the librarian about a literacy program. They can lead you to where you need to be. My (at the time 30 year old) brother in law could not read or write) yet worked in a mill and managed to function. However when family game night came he had to have his wife help him. He got help through literacy program in our area. You might try literacy.com. In any case, the boy does need help immediately. Socially he must be withdrawn. You have to do what you can to get him into a program. Otherwise he will suffer.
Here is some free computer games both language arts and math. you can click the left arrow to go to kindergarten or the right arrow to go up to 8th grade.
God Bless you for taking these nephews and working with them.
Call his teacher at school and tell him or her that you would like to have your nephew evaluated for your literacy concerns. By law, the school district must provide him with whatever he needs in order to be successful in school. Sometimes the school might have a group called the Committee for Special Education. That may be who you need, but start with his teacher. Good Luck, and keep fighting for your nephews! It is the best thing you can do for them!
It is important that you make learning to read and write part of their everyday experience and fun to begin with. For example, spotting street signs when you travel and saying them aloud. Learning needs to be hands on and engaging. If he does not know the alphabet yet, try writing the letters on pegs. He can clip them on cards to make words, sounding the letters out as he goes, matching them to pictures. You can write simple sentences together and read them for him. Then, cut them up and jumble them and the children can put them back in the correct order. Try http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_... or http://bbc.co.uk/schools for great online games and activities.
First of all be very patient. Start by cutting out different pictures on magazines, newspapers, etc. One at a time make him sound out the name of the things. Only with five at first. Then again and again until he memorizes them. After he has learn several start out with the alphabet. Make up a song like a is for apple a a a. Make him sound out the letters a lot. after he knows the abcs start forming letters of 3 4 and so on. To make him write do dotted letters and make him write over it and let him try it by writing it by himself. buy him videos on the abcs and workbooks that should get him started.
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