Is your Child a Struggling Reader? Here is what to do at Home

Our demanding world today has made reading a very important part of our lives. You cannot learn anything else if you do not know how to read. Additionally, you cannot be able to handle most jobs, white collar or otherwise if you are unable to read. The situation has made people as old as 80 years go to school to learn to read and write if only to be able to communicate with their grandchildren. Others are joining adult school to learn how to read. Such is the clamor to know how to read such that if your child does not know how to read as early as expected, the parent will get worried. The anxiety that comes with the situation has, however, made some parents not realize that their children are dyslexic and they keep demanding more from their children. Some kids are dyslexic which means they are unable to read at all but here, we will address those are just slow readers.

You might have met such readers in school those that took forever to complete reading a sentence and would lose you while reading a paragraph. Others would start like that but improve with time and became better. When my daughter joined kindergarten she was so slow in getting the sounds and reading words. As time progressed, the other kids in the neighborhood started reciting the alphabet so well and at some point  I wondered then why am I paying so much money if there are no tangible results like in little Georgie’s and Anita’s  case. When we went for report forms, I talked with the teacher who acknowledged that my daughter had such problems and had decided to give her special attention. She needed my help in this as well and gave me a guideline to use. My own research also revealed tips that Iam willing to share with another parent here.

Be Confident

Even the good book says that faith can move mountains and in such situations, you should have faith in your Childs ability to read. This also means that you have to work on your attitude and believe the message that you are sending to her. Talk to the child positively and always involve them in opportunities to read.

Make Reading time enjoyable

Reading time should not be a chore that you have to get out of the way every day. It should be enjoyable and both of you should exchange stories on what you have read from computer stories, magazines and other story books.

Always Read Aloud

Reading aloud to your child always helps them to learn about that particular language. They should also read aloud and soon the sound will start making sense to them as well. You should also be there to listen to them as they read and get to know what is giving them a hard time.

Read in first Language

For some people, English is their first language but for others, it is not. It is advisable to fist start reading in the first language of the child and graduate into the other languages that they learn in school.

Make it Interactive

Before the two of you start reading together, you should talk about the cover as well as the title of the photos/pictures in the book. Discuss the idea of the book as well. You can also predict what may follow after you have read a certain part. Once you are done reading, you can talk about it; ask questions concerning the stories and the pictures in the book.

Use the 3Ps

Sometimes a child may read and encounter a difficult world. In such instances, you should not let your disappointment show but should instead use the 3 Ps which are Pause, Prompt and Praise. When they pause, you should not jump in straight away to read for them, give them time to work it out for themselves. Once they read the difficult word, you should ask them to go back to the start of the sentence and re-read it so that they can recap the meaning of the word. If the prompting is not helping you should just show them how to read the word correctly. You should also praise your child for the words they get right and those that they try to get right.

Be Resourceful

As you work on your child’s reading abilities, you should also be resourceful and not limit yourself to just books. You can bring her tins, packets and also ask her to read any familiar words and letters when you pass near stores butcheries, supermarkets and so on. Make use of the local library as well because there you will get all the types of books you want from education to entertainment.

Despite the slow pace, remember to take one day at a time and that you have enrolled them in a school with professional where they will get help.

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