Coping with struggles in Reading – Part 1
Posted on: May 22, 2014.

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

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Children are made readers on the lap of their parents

-         Emilie Buchwald.

Summer is all set and we need to find ways of recluse, to beat the heat of each day.

With summer comes the summer holidays for your kids.

And then there are kids who need to be engaged in purposeful activity as they may be a bit lagging in their scholastic performance.

How do we bridge the two needs?

Summer is an important time to harness the leisure hours of your child for rewarding benefits that could enhance his/her scholastic profile.

Reading is what I would recommend to face such predicaments. This will help a child to not fall too far behind when school begins in June. This is especially for children whose reading level is below his/her class reading level. Also, every child can benefit immensely in life, later on, if he/she is encouraged to cultivate love for reading and understand that it is not an activity solely to be reserved for classroom scenario only. Or even look at reading as just a homework assignment. Encouraging reading in summer shows child that it is a worthwhile activity, a pleasurable pastime, all year entertainment prelude and in the process learn more on topics of interest to him/her. Let us look at a few ways which might help one to guide a child along these thoughtful ideas:

Today, even small towns and districts have public libraries that are found to be resourceful, especially the Young Readers’ Corners. Make a pilot visit to the public library, close to your residence, and see if the books could match your expectations of reading materials appropriate for your child. Check out if there could be a special summer reading program or a volunteer group that would help children come to the library and be read to. You could go through the catalogue of books in the childrens’ section and see if those books could match your child’s interest and age. Bring your child to the library and ask him/her to make choices of books according to his/her desire. Do not be concerned if the books he/she chooses seem too easy since it is important he/she develops love for reading. This is especially true if he/she is a struggling reader and you do not want to discourage any type of reading. You may try keeping a Reading sticker chart at home to provide incentives for all the books he/she reads.

Tutoring is one another way of improving reading skills in a child. Sending your child to a tutor who can help him/her read could be a good proposition. Ask your child’s teacher if she could suggest someone who could tutor your child. A one-on-one tutoring can yield significant results, but only if you can ensure a perfect match between a tutor and your child. It simply means that you have to check if the tutor you find and your child have a good rapport. Also it would be most ideal if the tutor and your child’s teacher at school together could work out the reading program for your child. They could pre assess your child to determine how to target each tutoring session for maximum reading growth. Only if your child’s teacher cannot suggest any tutor, ask other parents of your child classmates and find a suitable tutor.

Today, I see many enterprising people in the teacher, tutor and even parent community who come up with short summer crash courses in reading skill development. They are found to start a book club.
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