My little neighbor is nine, and can barely read at all. She knows some simple words, but she is probably two or three years behind from where a nine year old is supposed to be with reading. She doesn't have any disabilities or anything, her parents just really haven't taken the time to teach her to read (she does online school and they pretty much just tell her what the words are instead of teaching her how to read them herself).
Since this little girl is a Christian and the rest of her family usually doesn't go to church, I usually bring her to church with me (with her parents' permission of course. I have known the family my entire life and am close friends with her older sister, so they know and trust me). And I sometimes take her out to lunch or to the book store or somewhere afterwards. I was thinking of trying to teach her to read small books and help her learn to sound out words and such, and I was wondering.......are there any particular reading materials that you would suggest to teach a nine year old to read? Not a homeschooling program, I'm just talking about certain books or works sheets (either free or very cheap) that would help. Even just a certain brand of books that are meant for beginners, something that they would have at Barns and Noble (we have a local one that allows you to go there and read their books without actually buying them, so that would be ideal since I am a teenager with no extra money).
I also welcome any advice about how to do this while only seeing her about once a week. Her parents know and appreciate me taking her there and reading books and everything, they.....just don't do it themselves.