Always and Never Reading Methods … 18 tips when teaching young and challenged readers
Young readers are those who are just beginning to learn and use decoding strategies, and are on the road to becoming independent readers. Challenged readers are a little older but find learning to read an overwhelming and difficult process. They struggle with comprehension and haven't yet mastered the use of reading strategies. Both of these types of learners need patience, understanding, and support as they make the transition from a dependent reader to a self-sufficient one.
The routines and methods listed below will help to create a favorable environment that is conducive to the needs of these readers. It's all about building a solid foundation, which will promote the learning of language skills, strategies and comprehension techniques.
1. ALWAYS read (at least) one book a day.
2. NEVER battle with your child about reading. If he is adamant about not wanting to read on his own, then read to him. Young and experienced learners definitely benefit from this!
3. ALWAYS read with your child in a relaxed manner. Tension is contagious.
4. NEVER pressure your child to move along more quickly; be patient.
5. ALWAYS give your child time to figure things out for himself. Then gently correct after a few incorrect responses.
6. NEVER select every book for your youngster; allow him the freedom of choice.
7. ALWAYS regularly visit the library.
8. NEVER compare your learner with another; they all learn differently!
9. ALWAYS make time to talk with your child. Speaking, in its most natural form, is what builds your little one's vocabulary.
10. NEVER say no to re-reading a favorite book again. Hearing a story over and over again creates an expectation of story events, which strengthens understanding of story sequencing and plot.
11. ALWAYS assist your child when he becomes frustrated. Constant frustration will lead to reading resistance.
12. NEVER stop answering your learner's questions. If you can't answer a question, guide him to a book, periodical, or web site that can provide the answer.
13. ALWAYS praise your child's efforts and accomplishments with learning and reading.
14. NEVER dismiss a youngster's interest in books.
15. ALWAYS say, "That's what readers do!" when your child approximates a reading behavior.
16. ALWAYS read to your child.
17. ALWAYS read with your child.
18. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS make time for your child to read!