Watching people you love struggle is not easy. Watching children struggle to learn to read can be heartbreaking. Here are a few tips to help you help them:
- Remind your children that not everyone learns at the same pace. Reassure them that you love them no matter what.
- Make reading an enjoyable part of your family’s daily life.
- Read to your children (even if they are older), with your children, and in front of your children.
- Ask each other questions about what you are reading.
- Talk to your children. Tell stories, talk about letters and sounds.
- Encourage development of other literacy skills such as writing and listening. Write stories together. Mail each other letters.
- Know what your children are interested in and provide them with super easy reading materials about those topics. One easy interesting book is often enough to make kids want to read another book
We have books called “Read Alouds.” These are high quality stories with a device attached that will read the story aloud. They are a great resource for struggling readers to see and hear the words together.