In this, the last post in our Quick Tips for Struggling Readers series, I want to share the most important thing you can do for a child who struggles with reading.
Read to him.
Yes, it’s that easy! Too often, we think that reading aloud to older kids is a poor use of our time. Shouldn’t we spend every valuable minute having them read? After all, they’re the ones who need the practice.
Let me share five reasons why reading aloud is important – even for struggling readers.
Why we should read aloud to struggling readers
1. It shows them that the struggle is worth it.
When we choose books that both we and our kids enjoy, we help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. Struggling through a hard book isn’t fun. Enjoying a hilarious tale with Mom or Dad is.
2. It improves their vocabulary.
Struggling readers may be stuck reading text that’s below their intellectual level. By reading above their ability, we challenge them with vocabulary they won’t find in their own reading material.
3. It improves comprehension.
Simple texts do not always provide much opportunity for higher level thinking. Quality read alouds do just that.
4. It helps develop background knowledge.
Background knowledge is key for understanding concepts in other school subjects and in everyday life. We can’t trust that struggling readers will be able to get this from their own reading, but we can supply it for them when we read aloud.
5. It’s fun.
How many activities are fun, free, and a bonding experience for parent and child? Reading aloud fits the bill.
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