Watching your child struggling with reading can be heartbreaking. Sometimes learning problems can emerge as children are learning to read, or perhaps the concepts are just taking a little longer than expected to comprehend. Luckily, there are a few resources that will help you assist your child through the reading process when they get confused or discouraged.
5 Resources That Can Help Your Child That’s Struggling With Reading
Model and Read with Your Child
Teachers around the world will tell you that one of the biggest ways that you can help your child become a better reader is to read with them, and to them. Being an excellent model of oral reading fluency is important for children to hear how words are read. Try reading a page to your child and then have them read the page back to you. The first read-through gives them a chance to hear any unfamiliar words and prepare for their own chance to read. You can also skim through the book together and point out words that are unfamiliar or that may not follow the language “rules” they have learned about.
Make It Fun
When a child is struggling to keep up with their peers in class, it can be discouraging. As adults, we do not take pleasure in failure. Neither do children. One way to help your struggling reader is to make reading as fun as possible. There are fun games that build reading skills that children can play online or in a traditional card or board game form. Some fun board or card games include Scrabble, Boggle, or sight word bingo or matching games. Some websites that have reading games are PBSkids.org, Starfall.com, and Primarygames.com.
Research shows that early intervention is the best way to resolve reading difficulties before struggling readers get too far behind. Hiring a tutor can help head off difficulties before your child gets too frustrated. There are companies like Kumon and Sylvan that offer curriculum in a school-like setting that is tailored to your child’s needs. If these are too pricey, you may consider hiring a local college student or teacher to provide tutoring a few days a week. They should be able to evaluate specific needs and develop a plan to address them.
In an age where we have an app for everything, it is no surprise that educational apps have been developed to help children with reading. The benefit of using an app to help your child is that it will keep their attention, and they will likely see it as a game, rather than laborious homework. For reading reinforcement on the go, try special reading apps like Tikatok StorySpark, Tales2Go, or Bookster. Kids love technology and combining that love with reading is a great way to encourage a love of reading.
Working with School
One of the best ways to help your child as they struggle with reading is to communicate with their teacher. Check in on a regular basis and explain your concerns and any successes you see at home. Working together is a great a way to build up your child’s confidence because they will know that everyone is trying to help. Don’t feel as though you are “bugging” the teacher when you ask for ways to help at home. Working together will provide your child with constant reinforcement and help, whether they are at home or school.
You don’t have to stand by while your child struggles through the reading process. There are plenty of resources at your fingertips that will allow you to give your child every opportunity to succeed. The earlier you address any problems, the better chance you have of helping your child. Make reading fun, enlist professional help, and get creative with your tactics—your child just might end up loving to read.
The information for this article was provided by the professionals at the University of Cincinnati, who provide a Masters of Reading Specialist degree.
This is a guest post. Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for health, women’s interests, and parenting issues. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.