Tips for Children Who Struggle with Reading
Choose books that match the reading level of your child.
Any books that are higher than your child's reading
level may not interest them.
Most children's books indicate what age group they're for,
but another way to find out
is to ask your child to read the first few pages of a
book out loud. If your child
makes too many mistakes, it might be too hard for him or her to read.
Try children's magazines
It might be too much to expect your child to read a
whole book; all those pages
might intimidate your child. Children's magazines, on
he other hand, might make
a less daunting alternative. There are many niche children's
magazines that cater
to various interests, such as science or story-telling. Find
one what your child likes most;
his or her attention span is less likely to
wander off if the topic is relevant to your child's interest.
Read with your child
Keep your child's attention span in check by reading
with him or her. Take turns
reading paragraphs or pages,
depending on the length of the material or
your child's attention span. If your
child's eyes keep wandering off, read
using the help of a bookmark,
or trace the wordswith a pointer to help
your child focus.
Read every day
Most parents save reading for bedtime, but your
child might be too comfortable
and sleepy to give reading her
best effort at the end of the day. Instead, save
the reading for after dinner and read at the same time every day,
especially if you're finishing a book.
To help your child retain information,
have him or her explain what just happened,
and write review notes together.
Use audio books
Your child might stay more focused if he or she hears
the words while reading. Try finding an audio
tape for the book you have, or
record the reading material during your
spare time so you can play it
during the next reading session. You can also play the recording in
the car on the way to school; this
can help your child ace a test on the reading material in question.
Read the Comics
Reading the funny pages is a great way to start reading,
it shows the left to right direction needed for reading.
Looking at pictures and showing the action,
lets a child understand there's
a point to the story. It can be short enough
for a beginning reader to not get
overwhelmed. And having fun is what reading is all about.
You want your child to have a life-long love of reading.
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