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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17 Smart Strategies for Struggling Readers

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a By Jennifer L.W. Fink on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:23PM

There are few skills more critical to a child's education than reading. But it can be a tough milestone to master -- in fact, learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids, according to Reading Rockets, a national literacy intiative dedicated to helping kids learn to read. But there are ways you can help your child learn to love reading. Here are 17 smart strategies for struggling readers from teachers and literacy experts. 

Read Out Loud

Reading aloud is far and away the best (and easiest!) way to improve kids' vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. "Being read to is so important," says Jennifer Serravallo, author of Teaching Reading in Small Groups and Conferring with Readers. "Listening to a parent read a book really helps kids understand stories, even if they're not decoding the words." And reading aloud is still important once kids learn how to read on their own, too -- since it allows kids to stretch and be challenged by a book beyond their level.  

 

 

 

 

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