Buried: The Hidden Genius of Struggling Readers
You and I both know, as parents of struggling readers, that our kids are geniuses. How else to explain their ability to make it to the super-max level of what ever video game they're playing. Or how about their freakish ability to remember exactly what was said at exactly the wrong moment? Or maybe you've noticed that they are able to paint pictures with uncanny accuracy for their age and lack of expert training. Knowing these things to be true, it's often perplexing why they struggle in school. Well, there are three reasons struggling readers have trouble in all their classes. They are:
These three foundational skills are part of every other learning discipline. Because struggling with reading impacts these other areas our kids often end up struggling with self-esteem.
To strengthen these trouble areas you can do three things.
1. What ever video game they are winning at, see if there are books, magazines, or blogs about those games and get that reading material into their hands.
They may find especially intriguing materials that have secret hacks to improve their gaming performance.
2. Expose them to as many types of reading as possible at their reading level. The more they are exposed to words the better they'll become at spelling. This repetition of reading is like anything else in that the more it's done the more familiar and comfortable it becomes. The more comfortable it becomes the easier it will be to remember what is read and that will translate into improved spelling.
3. When they are reading have them read aloud. This will help them slow down which will improve that comprehension. Also, it's okay for them to read and re-read books. This helps them get that practice in and eventually not have to think about the words they're reading. This too will help with the comprehension.
As parents we know our reluctant readers are geniuses. At school that genius is often buried under the rubble of spelling, writing and comprehension struggles. These tips will help them become better readers.
The Secret Rocket Fuel for Reading Growth
As parents with super active kids one of the things you do to burn off their excess energy is get them in every sport and camp you can afford. You do anything and everything to get them moving.
What you may not have realized is that you have been providing the rocket fuel for reading growth.
Exercise boosts learning for three reasons:
Easy, instead of letting them get on the phone on the way home from their sporting events, have multiple books at their reading level in the car, and encourage them to read.
By linking sport and reading you will help create a life long habit of exercise and reading.
5 Tips for Parents of Struggling Readers
As parents we know the frustration of trying to get our child to read. We also understand the fear that our child will fall further and further behind in school and in life if they can't read. These 5 simple tips might make reading less of a struggle for your kids.
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