One of my grandsons is a struggling reader. My daughter has been working with him at home to try and help his frustration. She also asked me, as a teacher, what more she can do to help ease his frustration. This week, I have been doing research for another project and came across a website that had great tips for parents of students who are struggling readers, and I shared it with her.
While all of the eight tips in this article are excellent, number eight also has a link to “Target the Problem”. This breaks down the areas where most children have problems (Phonological and Phonemic Awareness, Word Decoding and Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension, and Other Sources of Reading Difficulty). Each area is then broken down further into the following sections: 1. Describes what the problem looks like; 2. Gives a kid's perspective of “What this feels like to me”; 3. Gives a parent’s perspective of “What I see at home”; 4. Gives a teacher’s perspective of “What I see in the classroom”; and 5. A section on “How to Help”.
Check out this link. I think many parents will find this very helpful when dealing with a child that is frustrated with reading. Remember what Dr. Seuss said about reading: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go.”
- By Melodie Fulmer, Executive Director Parent and Community Engagement