Today I was working 1:1 with one of my students. She's one that has a variety of health complaints on any given day. She is a very struggling reader (has an IEP). I asked her about reading and she was able to tell me she's sad because she wishes she could just read like a 3rd grader. She went on to tell me that 2 other kids (not in my class) had asked her why she couldn't read. She told me that she made up this story about being able to concentrate but that the story wasn't true, she just said it so they wouldn't know the truth. I know she's not hearing the sounds in words. I have another student who's very similar. I talked about her coming into my room for lunch a few days a week, for a "club" where they can feel safe and we can work on it. I plan on doing some phonological awareness stuff. My heart is broken for her. Does anybody have ideas for teaching kindergarten/1st grade material to older kids while not making it baby-ish?