All Aboard Q & A for Your Child’s Reading Success
Many parents rely upon the schools to inform them if their child is not performing well, and those same parents expect the schools to do something about it. Homeschool parents confront a different issue in that, they have only themselves to rely upon to spot reading difficulties in their child.
In both circumstances, there is no shame if your child is struggling to read. There is shame however, if you don’t do something about it! Denying or hiding it ultimately will hurt the child.
Advocacy for reading success starts with parents. I’m not pointing fingers. I am trying to awaken awareness and enlist parental help as guides for their child’s path to reading success. Parents know their children best. Parents and other family caregivers should be, and are often, the first responders to their child’s reading needs. Several grandparent caregivers have approached me recently about their grandchild’s reading ability. They sense something is not right. They are passionate about getting help. They too, walk a tightrope of alerting the parents and not incurring the accusation that they are meddling where they don’t belong!
Q: Why should I monitor my child’s reading process and growth?
A: Early detection can lead to early intervention and the plan put in place can be adjusted frequently.
Q: Does my child need to be diagnosed with dyslexia before remediation can begin?
Q: How often should my child’s reading be assessed?
A: Starting in first grade, assess reading growth at the beginning of the school year and then again toward the end. i.e. Pre/Post
Q: Should children with no apparent signs of reading difficulty have regular assessments?
A: YES. This will allow for any discrepancies that may occur as your child progresses in their grade level. This frequency is particularly important from grade 1 through grade 3. From Grade 3 on, your child transitions from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’
Reading lasts for a lifetime and is THE foundation to all learning. Parents are the captain of their child’s reading success team. All aboard!