10 Simple Ways to Strengthen A Fledgling or Challenged Reader's Abilities
In my book – THE READING HOUSE - I explain that there are several reading categories into which kids fit; and different types of readers need different kinds of learning opportunities. Children can be Classic Readers, Uninspired Readers, or Challenged Readers. To find out which type of reader your child is, check out our past blog article, "What Reading Type Is Your Child and How Can You Help?" This post, however, will focus on challenged and fledgling readers. Although these readers have different perspectives, they need a similar kind of instruction while learning to read.
The fledgling reader is one who is making the transition from primarily being read to by an adult to becoming an independent reader. He is new to the independent reading process and is being exposed to these language skills for the first time. It's an overwhelming academic task and some children transition quickly, while others need more practice and time.
A challenged reader is one who has gone through that preliminary instruction to become an independent reader but is really struggling with the process. He may not grasp the concepts in the timeframe his classmates do. A challenged reader, in particular, can become emotional and angry when this transition takes too long. If not handled in the proper way, a challenged reader can suffer a blow to his academic self-esteem, and simply give up. It's a critical time for him.
Both of these reading types are trying to synthesize their knowledge of sight words, vocabulary, reading strategies, language and comprehension in order to fluently read out loud or to themselves. Because of the complexity of this process, we parents need to focus on patience and hands-on strategies in order to assist our children during this crucial learning time.
The Family Series reading activity sheet below provides easy strategies parents can use with challenged and fledgling readers as they practice family reading at home. If you have a child who continues to struggle and becomes reluctant to read with you, keep in close contact with your child's teacher to coordinate your educational efforts. Unity of school and home will ultimately lead to your child's success.
Diane DiMemmo is a former elementary teacher and current tutor for struggling and advanced readers. She developed many hands-on reading games for her active classroom learners that worked equally well during home tutoring sessions. The parents of her students noticed the positive results so they began using the same strategies at home with their other children. At their request, Diane compiled all of her reading games and routines into a book titled THE READING HOUSE, which is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. A new companion edition, filled with reading activity sheets for parents to use at home with their children, is currently in development. Sign up for the Reading Blueprints Blog to receive the latest engaging and interactive reading activities!