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Reading is a fundamental skill, upon which all other academic subjects are built.  “Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science,” a report issued to the American Federation of Teachers, found that a child who doesn’t learn reading basics early and well will not easily master other skills.  This child is likely to flounder in school and not live up to his full potential later in life.

This same research shows that at least 20% of elementary students do not read fluently enough to enjoy or engage in independent reading.  One-third of these poor readers are from college-educated families, however, their children still lack basic reading, writing and spelling skills.

How do you prevent your young child from becoming another statistic?  He or she needs to receive the type of reading instruction research has found will prevent reading failure.  Your child needs a reading program that focus’ on reliable methods of identifying consonant and vowel sounds, as well as phonemic awareness skills.

Despite the fact that reading instruction is a very technical undertaking, there are steps parents can take at home to ensure they are making the most of time spent reading with their child.  Here are some helpful hints.

Identify Sounds — Discuss the beginning and ending sounds of words.  Don’t worry about letter names, instead concentrate on letter sounds.  For example “Do city and soap begin with the same sound?” or “Do gum and home end with the same sound?”

Clap Syllables — Assist your child with clapping syllables in one, two, and three syllable words.  It is essential that a child is sensitive to the rhythm of our spoken language and achieving this skill is critical to his future reading success. 

Define and Practice Rhyming — If your child does not understand how or why words rhyme; explain that the ending sound of the word stays the same, only the beginning sound changes.  Keep in mind, the spelling of the word does not need to match; only the ending sound needs to be the same.  For example, in the words few, true, and shoe, the words are spelled differently, but the ending sound is consistent.

Read Aloud – Read children’s poetry and stories that joyfully play with the sounds in language.  Discuss which words rhyme in a selection.  For example, “Do Sam and ham rhyme?”

While reading is a struggle for many children, it does not need to be a battle for YOUR child.  Your son or daughter can receive the right, multi-sensory reading instruction that will put them on the path to be a fluent and accurate reader.  Please see “contact” page and call or email for your complementary consultation. 

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