How to Improve Reading Skills
How can you improve reading skills? As a parent, you have just been told your child is not reading at grade level.
Q: What should you do as a parent?
- Blame your child?
- Blame the teacher?
- Talk calmly with your child?
- Talk calmly with your child’s teacher?
- Both c. and d.?
If you answered (e) YOU ARE CORRECT!! 🙂
As your child’s first responder to their reading success…don’t panic! Here are some TIPS from Buckaroo Buckeye™, a read aloud book for children and Nuts About Reading™, an informal, online reading assessment for Grades 1-3 and online reading tutor services. [https://buckaroobuckeye.com/]
You are the team captain of your child’s reading team.
Talk with your child first.
- Try to get their viewpoint on how they feel towards reading and how do they think they are doing?
- What role are you playing at home 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?
- Do you know how you can help your child’s reading success?
Next, meet with your child’s teacher.
- Ask what tools are being used to measure your child’s reading?
- Can your child’s teacher explain the reading process?
- Can your child’s teacher identify the specific areas of the reading process that need to be strengthened in your child?
- How often does your child’s teacher monitor your child’s reading growth?
- How can you help at home?
As a Reading Specialist, the first step for a parent in guiding their child’s reading success is with assessment. You have to first know their grade level reading ability level. This is true for students who read at grade level as well as those who are not reading at grade level. When working with a struggling reader you must use ‘leveled’ books that correlate with their grade level reading ability. You want to use reading material at their ‘instructional’ and even ‘independent’ reading level so they can strengthen their reading skills that have been assessed as weak. If a ‘frustrational’ level of reading material is used, this will impede the strengthening process.
For my online reading tutoring, I use a great supplemental resource called “Learning A-Z.” [https://www.learn™inga-z.com/index.html]
I invite parents to check it out! It is award winning and “famous for their products”. Matching the right reading material with a child’s needs is the best tool for achieving reading success. As a reading teacher, I have used their materials many times.
This is a super site but I must emphasize that reading success for your child starts with reading assessment from K-3 and relies upon reading assessments that are: frequent + formal + informal .