Reading skills start young and last a lifetime.
There are many challenges for parents as you raise your children. The rules of the game seem to change every day making it even more challenging to keep up. All parents want first, is that their children are healthy, happy, and safe. After that however, there are 5 WORDS A PARENT DREADS TO HEAR from the teacher.
Many parents will naturally go on the defensive.
- What do you mean?
- I have read to my child since the day they were born.
- I talk to my child all the time.
- My child knew their ABCs by age three.
- We have many books in our home.
- Why can’t my child read? That’s the job of the teacher. I pay taxes.
All of the above are required foundations to reading success but sometimes the pieces don’t quite come together.
Parents, you are the key to your child’s reading success. You are the captain of your child’s reading team. You know your child best. Don’t be ashamed if they struggle…get involved! A college degree is not required to impact your child’s reading success.
How you ask? Buckaroo Buckeye and Mrs. C want to help. Here are 5 Tips for Parents.
- Before formal schooling, and even during, provide lots of brain development activities that aid with reading success:
- patterns for visual discrimination
- following directions for auditory discrimination
- same or different
- perceptual skills
- fine motor skills such as cut and paste, tracing, lacing cards, puzzles, and coloring
- Make sure their experiences are positive so you build their self-esteem. Keep their activities developmentally and age appropriate.
- Be patient and tolerant if their beginning attempt at activities is less than perfect. We all learn and progress at our own rates. Without failure, there cannot be success.
- Learn about the reading process, become aware, and monitor your child’s progress so you can help them early during grades 1 through 3 ideally. Reading intervention is never too late no matter the age, however.
- Standardized testing done in schools is necessary but limited in its guidance. An informal reading assessment done two to three times a year starting in first grade can provide more specific insight into the areas of difficulty in the reading process, and provide a guide for you to help.