When it comes to reading every child is different. For some children reading comes easily and they are happiest when they have a book in their hand. Other children may not find the act of reading to be difficult, but they simply do not enjoy it. There are also those for whom reading is a very real struggle. Your child may fit neatly into one of these categories or may be a combination of a couple. All parents can help their elementary students with reading regardless of the circumstances. Here is some advice to parents who wish to help their struggling or reluctant elementary reader.
Some kids seem to be born readers. They pick up on the nuances of phonetics quickly and are reading independently on or before schedule. However, not all children find reading to be an easy skill to master – and that’s alright. Each child becomes proficient at reading at their own pace. The good news is, if your child struggles with reading, there are several things you can do to help him improve his skills.
Reading is perhaps the main point of focus of the early elementary classroom. Children at these grade levels are busy learning phonics, sight words, spelling, and reading comprehension. Of course, students learn to master the skill of reading at different rates. Some kids pick up reading quickly while others take longer. But what if your child is falling further and further behind? What should parents do if they suspect their little one may have a reading disability? How do they determine if it is a true reading disability and why is it important? Red Apple Reading has some advice for parents who suspect their child may be struggling with a reading disability.
Learning can be difficult for all children at times, but when a child has a learning disability or other special need that inhibits him from comprehending new concepts as readily as his peers, school can prove to be a real challenge.
Does your child dislike school? Do his grades leave something to be desired? As you and your youngster are preparing for back-to-school, it’s important to keep in mind the early warning signs that a problem may be on the horizon. Returning to school in the fall makes for a busy time of year for kids and parents alike, but don’t wait until parent-teacher conference time to inquire about your child’s academic progress. Unfortunately, many parents wait until it’s clear that their child is struggling before they take steps to correct the problem. By this time, the damage may already be done. To keep your child from slipping through the cracks, take a proactive approach by looking for these five signs that the new school year is posing problems for your child.