Red Flag Warning: Any Child Who Doesn't Like to Read!
If your child avoids reading, here are good tips from Ann:
- Have your child read aloud to you 15 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week, consistently.
- Don't say the word he struggles with, but help him sound out words. It is critically important for every reader to know how to sound out words.
- Don't let him skip words or misread (example: reads that for than, of instead of for ).
- For the 'good reader' who doesn't remember what she has read, do this exercise: She reads aloud, pausing slightly to tap once at each comma or semi-colon, and tapping twice at the end of each sentence. She cannot be voicing while tapping. This allows the brain time to catch up, and with time and practice, builds in a good habit of recognizing punctuation.
If your child doesn't make significant progress after a month or so, call us. We do some of our BEST work at the reading table! Here's a comment from one 6th grader: "Miss Ann, I like to read now!" This young lady now enjoys her studies as an art student at a well-recognized college in Georgia. Her parents told me recently that, through high school, Tanya's "nose was always in a book"!