Don’t Play the Blame Game with Your Struggling Reader
- Blame your child?
- Blame the teacher?
- Talk calmly with your child?
- Talk calmly with your child’s teacher?
- Both c. and d.?
You are your child’s first responder to their reading success. You are the team captain of your child’s reading team. Stay calm and look forward.
Parent TIPS to Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills
TIP 1: Talk with your child first.
- Try to get their viewpoint on how they feel towards reading, and how they think they are doing?
- What role are you playing with your child’s reading growth?
- Do you know what the ‘reading process’ is?
- Do you know how to monitor your child’s reading ability level and reading growth?
- Do you know how to improve reading skills?
TIP 2: Meet with your child’s teacher, or if you are their teacher, ask the following
- What tools are being used to measure your child’s reading?
- Do you understand what screening scores mean?
- Can the specific areas of the ‘reading process’ that need to be strengthened in your child be identified?
- How often is your child’s reading growth monitored?
- How can you help?
TIP 3: Reading success for your child begins with ‘assessment’ and monitoring growth from Grades 1 through 3.
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Kristin Anderson Cetone, Reading Specialist & Author