How to Help Your Child Who Is Struggling to Read

If your child is struggling to read, it is important that you help and motivate them. Recognize their strengths and accomplishments rather than their weaknesses and inspire confidence. 

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Here are some tips that will help your child who is struggling to read:

Celebrate Your Child’s Success

Celebrate every success of your child as it is an incredible way to nourish and encourage their progress. You can celebrate every single achievement, such as when your child decodes a word by a picture, or self corrects an error and reads more frequently. 

Share Your Difficulties with Your Child

Show your child that even you struggle in certain things. When they know you are working on things that are hard for you, they can also work on their skills.

Help Your Child Strengthen Spelling Skills

A child who is struggling to read may also struggle with spelling and remembering basic word patterns. You can encourage them to use a dictionary, spell-check, or text-prediction software that will help them express their ideas.

Read Aloud to Your Child

Hearing someone else read can leave an amazing effect on the struggling readers and may spark creativity and interest in them. You can also use iPad or Kindle apps that read books aloud, but a real human reading to children is a much better option.

Set Realistic Goals for Your Child

Children who are struggling to read will not improve overnight. You need to be honest and realistic when setting goals for your children. For example, you might set a goal to practice reading a chapter every day, or suggest that your child reads a certain number of books in a month.

Children feel motivated when they see parents and teachers working together to help them, so prepare a plan and a goal and work together to help your child who is struggling to read.

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Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

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