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This week I’m sharing my personal story with my son who was a struggling reader for many years and I’ll highlight a few of the strategies I used to turn him from a struggling reader into an avid reader.
The most important suggestion I can offer is read, read, read and then read some more to your children. All homes and classrooms should be stocked with a good library. Here at waddlee-ah-chaa our mission is to get books into the hands of children, parents and teachers. Accordingly, we highlight and GIVE AWAY great children’s literature EVERY week. Just leave a comment and you’re entered. That’s it . . . no hoops to jump through, no tricks, no tweets, no likes . . . If you already have an excellent library then come win books for a child in need and give them away! Help us with our book giveaway mission.
A good children’s library has a variety of books. In this pack you’ll find easy books, challenge books, silly books, serious books, classic books, fiction books and nonfiction books. Good luck and enjoy reading to a child today.
My Personal Story with a Struggling Reader
MacGyver, preschool journal entry, age 4
I am a former classroom teacher, certified Reading Recovery Teacher and an educational consultant. In a nut shell, I teach children how to read and I train teachers how to implement effective classroom reading strategies. I certainly know how to equip a child with a strong early literacy foundation. Consequently, I never even considered that I would give birth to a child who would have difficultly learning to read. Making assumptions was my first mistake.
MacGyver showed all the signs of being an early reader. He memorized books, page by page, word for word. He experimented with writing and wrote little notes by age 3. Of course these notes were full of random letters and numbers but he obviously understood that text carries a message.
When we began homeschool kindergarten, I quickly learned that MacGyver was not ready to read. Simply put, he could not remember his letters and he struggled to hear the sounds letters make. I have to admit that I found MacGyver’s kindergarten and first grade year extremely perplexing and frustrating. But rather than giving-up or shaming him, we moved forward little by little.
I’m here to give you hope! MacGyver is now 9-years-old and he is an avid reader. Since January, he has read at least 15 novels. I’ve actually lost count. This does not include all of the nonfiction and picture books he reads. He begs me to go to the library. He reads in the car, he reads in restaurants and he stays up every night reading to himself in bed. It sounds cliche but MacGyver loves to read. And it’s likewise cliche for me to say but MacGyver loving to read is my proudest teaching accomplishment!
How I Turned My Struggling Reader into a Successful Avid Reader
1. Read to Your Children!
- We began reading to both of our children when they were about 6-weeks-old. Yes, 6-weeks-old.
- At first they just looked at the pictures, then they began reaching for the pictures.
- Currently, I read to the children EVERY day.
- Daddy reads to the children EVERY night at bedtime.
- Sometimes we pick the books. Sometimes the children pick the books.
- 10 Favorite Read Alouds for Children
- When they were little we read board books.
- How to Pick Good Books for Preschoolers
- As the children grew, we added novels (chapter books) to reading time.
- Read Alouds for Older Children
2. Model Reading is Fun!
- Mommy and Daddy model that reading is entertaining.
- We make reading time like movie time full of adventure and emotion.
- Mommy and Daddy both enjoy reading and the children know we are constantly reading our own books.
- Struggling readers hate reading because it is torturous!
- We don’t torture the children with flashcards and worksheets.
- We read to the children and invite them to have a go at it.
3. Always Praise Reading Attempts
- We never, ever, never told MacGyver he was a struggling reader!
- We never, ever, never shammed MacGyver.
- When MacGyver bored us to death with his slow, labored reading we praised his efforts!
- When MacGyver struggled with his reading we prompted him with reading strategies.
- FREE printable Guided Reading Prompts
- To this day, MacGyver has no idea that he was ever a struggling reader. And he has a very positive attitude towards reading!
- One day while MacGyver was still in the middle of trying to learn how to read, he was “teaching” his little sister how to read. He told me, “I think she’s going to be a GOOD reader just like me.”
4. Partner Reading
- Struggling readers need a break!
- How would you like to read a book in let’s say Spanish? Starting and stopping, sounding out every word? What a horrible experience.
- Again, struggling readers hate reading because it is torturous! They feel exhausted; like they are swimming in a never ending ocean.
- I have found that it makes an enormous difference if I read one page, then MacGyver reads one page. This keeps the flow of the book moving along nicely.
- We have read quite a few novels together this way. I read a page, he reads a page. I read a page, he reads a page.
- Guess what he started telling me, “I’ll keep reading. You can read later.” WOW!!!
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- We visit the library regularly.
- My children search the bookshelves like the aisles of Toys R Us.
- We take our time admiring the illustrations and learning new facts.
- We check out tons of library books. They’re FREE!
- I personally own 1000+ children’s books and we still check out stacks of library books.
- I let each of the children pick 3 books.
- I select a new collection each time we visit. An assortment of story books and nonfiction books.
- Often I checkout books that highlight a specific theme.
- My children cheer when I announce we are making a trip to the library.
A Balanced Reading Program
- You might be asking, “So how in the heck did you actually teach him how to read?”
- You can find links to how I teach reading in my post: 5 Components of a Balanced Reading Program
- Be patient, stay positive, be consistent and don’t give up.
We’re GIVING AWAY a 10 Book Library Pack.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is your attitude towards reading? Do you like reading? Have you had a negative experience with reading? How has this effected you as a parent or teacher? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Monday, September 10, 2012
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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