And then a friend told me about Classical Conversations and I looked into it again. I even tried 5 weeks of CC at home to see if it would work for us. I went to visit a CC open house. If you don't know what Classical Conversations is click here.
I liked a lot of things about it and found that it could possible work for dyslexics but I knew it wouldn't work for us.
But it peaked my interest in classical education again and I checked out the Well Trained Mind from the library and started to re-read it. I found that reading it this time around - the things they talk about are doable with us. Even with a kid who doesn't like to read and who hates writing. It is actually painful for him to write so I understand it.
So he couldn't read a lot of books on his own but I could read books aloud to him and to the rest of the kids. We have tried read alouds so many times and I have failed with them so many times! This time I lowered my expectations. This time I don't "have" to finish a chapter. This time I make it more enjoyable. I allow a little bit of craziness as long as it is quiet craziness and they can retain something.
And narrations - and notebooking - I love them now. I thought I couldn't use them because he couldn't write well and he can't draw well either. But I can write it for him. He learns so much from listening. He could tell me about two pages in 5 minutes but I can't write that fast.
I'll be talking more soon about how I make classical homeschooling work for a dyslexic child and the rest of us soon. We aren't strictly classical though and I would probably consider us a little more eclectic. We are always learning what works for us.