Parent Resources: Credentialed teacher, homeschool parent and reading specialist Jill Sousa offers articles, teaching strategies, curriculum and guidance for parents that would like to improve their children's reading and writing.
parents, helping a struggling reader can be difficult. Remember that
estimates of reading levels are not always accurate, so try this simple
test at home: If your child can read 95% of the words in a selected
paragraph within a minute, they’re doing well. If they struggle, use the
infographic below and these7 tips to help struggling readers succeed:
Reading success is based on 5 factors: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.Learn moreabout each factor to gain a better understanding of where exactly your child may be struggling.
kids to read anything—even if it isn’t a book. Magazines, comics or
websites can engage children, and shows them that computers and iPads
aren’t just for games.
your options as a parent. Ask the teacher for work that is at the
student’s developmental level if homework is consistently too hard.
reason, never say no to your young reader. If your child is excited
about reading about dinosaurs, for example, don’t push him or her to
read something else.
by making connections to real-world outcomes so children realize
reading is more than just a grade. For example, writing a letter to
their favorite singer, or to grandma, allows young readers to find
meaning in what they are doing.
on what your child CAN do. Build on his/her strengths. For example,
fold spelling into another activity that your child enjoys to build a
sense of competence.
it positive. If your child becomes upset or starts crying, reading will
seem like a punishment and that time will not be productive. Rather
than being intense, keep the mood light and upbeat and keep your eyes on
the goal of enjoying reading.
To read the original article: http://cehdvision2020.umn.edu/cehd-blog/tips-to-help-struggling-readers/