When it comes to getting a head start on education there’s no better place to focus than on reading. With a strong background in reading your child will not only have a better sense of confidence and pride in their work, but also the tools necessary to gain information. With enough skill in reading, there are no “Good subjects” and “Bad subjects” for a student, only subjects that are more and less fun to read about.
The importance of reading only underscores the absolute necessity for consistent practice. Many parents understand the value of continuing reading and learning throughout the summer, but many of them don’t realize just how much time can be misused during the spring as well. In the spring warm weather is new again, resulting in long hours outside and fewer hours spent reading.
There are many great reading programs for kids. Parents practicing reading every single night before bed is a good start. The nightly reading routine can be a blessing for children struggling to read or wanting to improve; and fostering an interest in reading. Doing this each day creates a good habit as well as allowing children to wind down before bed.
For those with the free time to hit the library before it closes there are awesome spring reader programs that offer benefits and rewards to active readers. This allows a reader to not only feel good about their improvement but also reap the rewards associated with it.
Another library program that is widely available is pre-packed book bags. Rather than spending an extended period of time looking for something interesting to read these bags often come pre-sorted based on difficulty level as well as genre. This allows busy parents to get in and get out with many great selections all at once.
When working with a new or struggling reader it can be difficult to keep them motivated. This is why reading programs for struggling readers is treated differently from a program done for a reader who is not struggling or a new reader. Working with these weaknesses is critical to ensuring that progress can be made and your student doesn’t get frustrated.
The number one pitfall with struggling readers is the phrase “I can’t.” What is very frustrating about this statement is that in the moment, that very well might be true. They might not be able to read a certain word causing the feeling. There are many different approaches to helping struggling or beginning readers. The most important is to maintain patience and love. Your child’s reading can improve, but only in an atmosphere that allows for a positive learning experience.
Getting extra help
When all else fails there are many professional programs that can tailor make a program or your individual reader. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses, both of which can be celebrated. When frustrations run high it’s important to find a program that works best for the individual student, ensuring that tensions can cool and confidence can be built. Time and money on reading spent today will be well worth the time and effort saved years down the line.
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