17 Smart Strategies for Struggling Readers: How to Help Your Kid Learn to Love Reading

Learning to read can be hard, but it doesn't need to be stressful. Here's how you can help your struggling reader (20 Photos)

By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Sep 1, 2013 at 12:41PM

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a By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:29PM

Kids of all ages can benefit from scanning the pictures before beginning a book, story or article. That's because the pictures provide important context clues that can help your child figure out and anticipate certain words in the text. For instance, if your child sees a lot of pictures of the moon when she pages through the story, she'll be alert for words like "moon," "rocket" or "space."

Starting with the pictures also helps struggling readers focus on meaning. Some students become so fixated on the letter sounds and sounding out the words that they miss the meaning of the story. Focusing on the pictures can decrease frustration and increase comprehension.



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