PARENTS: Does your child read well? Share some tips with parents.

January 20, 2007 10:51pm CST
Some children have extreme difficulty in reading. I'm training some 10-year-olds who are having a hard time reading a simple poem as Dr. Seuss' The Cat in The Hat. It's frustrating, but it tells us that we can help these children learn to read better.
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• India
21 Jan 07
Yes i do agree with you.Reading is a really good hobby and i think we must inject it in the young generation.Believe me it will really make them a responsible and versatile person.This habit helps to change the personality and improve your vocabulary. I think today's generation mostly engaged themselves in watching t.v.and films.It will not help us at all.Also i think it must be done on urgent basis in primary schools of all nations by looking the advantages of the reading habit.
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• Philippines
21 Jan 07
yeah, and besides, if these 10-year-olds can't read basic stuff how else will they move forward and study more technical matters? :(
@GardenGerty (125859)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I had a child live with me who was a grade level behind at the first of the year. We had a contract in the school to read 20 minutes every day. That little girl finished the year a grade level ahead, because we did the 20 minutes a day. Some of it was directed, and some of it was free choice. She is on the eighth grade honor roll now. It takes a committment to repeated practice, but the practice only has to be a little.
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
20 minutes is not a lot of time, you're right! just a little practice daily could spell a great difference! it's just frustrating when some parents and teachers are easily discouraged when they come across children who does not read or learn fast.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
16 Mar 07
Nowadays they tend to give kids a different reader every night from kindergarten onwards. I don't think the variety helps them learn to read. I think repetition is the best method. In my day we had John and Betty readers and every day had to read from that: Run, run, run. See John run. John can run. Run, run, run. Jump, jump, jump. Betty can jump. Jump, jump. jump. etc. By repeating these day in and day out, they get the experience and learn to write thw word too. But every child is different. I have three sons - all very clever (Yes, I'm blessed). With my eldest son, reading kicked in halfway through grade 2. That's pretty standard. He is now stufying law at Melbourne's most prestigious university. My younger twin was much the same - halfway through grade 2. The older twin could read anything after kindergarten. He was in preps (year between kindergarten and grade 1 in Australia) aged 6 - and he could read anything. My twins are both doing yr 12 and doing exceptionally well.