Reading is one of the most important skills in life. It helps develop other skills like writing and math. And it also helps us understand what others are saying and feeling. But some kids find reading hard. They may not know how to read the words or they may not understand what they read. Some kids even stop reading because it’s too hard for them to understand the words on the page.
We’ve all been there: struggling to read and trying to sound out words on the page. It’s frustrating, and it can make us feel like we are stupid because reading is so hard.
It seems like a huge stretch to think that the way we learn and process language is different than any other animal. So why can’t reading be easy? Well, there are some interesting findings about how our brains process information, and how fine motor skills are involved in reading. For example, research has shown that children who have trouble reading in the first grade often have poor handwriting and that they tend to use a lot of letter templates.
Here are some strategies to help struggling readers improve their reading skills:
- Read with a partner or friend and take turns reading out loud.
- Use pictures, music, and rhymes when you read aloud to make it more fun and interesting for children to listen in on your reading sessions together
- Find books that are at your child’s independent reading level and read to him or her.
- Read with your child on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes
- Use a phonics program that teaches your children the sounds of individual letters and how they begin words
Infographic supplied by WPS Publish.