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 4:35PM

When reading a story with your child, alternate pages or take turns reading character parts. Taking turns helps break the text down into smaller, more manageable chunks -- and improves reading "fluency," which literacy experts define as reading smoothly with expression. 

Reading out loud, together, may also increase your child's reading comprehension. "Interactive reading aloud and shared reading helps kids identify what characters are doing, and why they're doing it," says Val Falco, a New York-based elementary teacher, literacy coach and co-author of Building Independent Readers. If your child can't read yet, have her describe the pictures on the page -- or ask questions about the page you just read. 

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