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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


What does the research say is one of the most important factors in learning to read well? It is time spent actually reading. The more time a child spends reading, the better reader he or she will be. It also just makes sense. You learn a new skill with some beginning instruction from someone who knows how to do that skill and then it is up to you to practice. For example, you can learn a lot about how to swim just by watching other people swim. Then you can take a few lessons and learn even more. But what actually makes you a good swimmer? Time spent actually swimming in the pool. Once you have a basic idea of the things you need to do to swim, you need time to learn how to make your body do those moves. The same can be said of reading. Once you know how to decode words and what to do when you come to a word that you don't know, you just need time to learn how to help your brain become efficient in decoding words and comprehending text. All of this means that the more your child reads, the better he or she will be able to read.

Also, just like there are always new strokes, swimming styles and breathing techniques to continue to learn in swimming, there are also new comprehension strategies to continue to learn in reading. So be sure to help your child find good books that he or she loves and give them lots of time to just read.

If you are looking for resources written for parents about helping your child learn to read, I would suggest these (all of them are available at the Douglas County Public Library):

7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It! (Zimmermann, Susan and Hutchins, Chryse)

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever (Fox, Mem)

The Between the Lions Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read (Rath, Linda K. and Kennedy, Louise)

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 9.2 Using the Number Grid

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