A parent recently contacted me, concerned because her child was having difficulty learning to read. It’s painful to see your child struggle when gaining a skill, and worrisome to know they are falling behind their peers.
Don't worry, I'm here to help! Try these 10 (plus 1) tips to help your beginning reader catch on and catch up.
Bonus tip: Take a break. Give your student a break. Have some non-reading related fun together. Downtime is vital to any skill acquisition. Don’t feel guilty if sometimes reading practice gets bumped for soccer, building a snowman, or even (gasp) watching a little TV. Learning to read is a marathon, not a sprint, and those muscles need their rest (as do you).
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Don’t forget to enjoy the journey!