Learn to Be Flexible
When you set out to teach your child to read, the best piece of advice I can offer is to train your mind, not theirs, to understand that you are teaching a specific child, a “one and only,” DNA all to themselves human being. All children have their own set of gift and talents. Some things will come easier than others.
A Multi-Modality Approach to Reading
The 5 Key Areas of Reading
- Phonemic Awareness: The ability to process the auditory sounds in our language. This is NOT phonics! There is NO letter sound identification. (Think pictures or sounds only, not text.)
- Phonics: Understanding the “code” of our language, letter and letter combinations and their sounds and the exceptions as well.
- Fluency: Reading with rhythm and voice inflection that follows meaning and purpose in words. This includes recognizing sight words which are the most common words in print.
- Vocabulary: Understanding the use of words and applying meaning to the language in context.
- Comprehension: Applies to all reading…fiction, non-fiction, maps, recipes…what is the author giving me that I need to formulate understanding?
Kristen and her husband, Dr. William Eckenwiler, are both reading specialists. Together, they co-founded The Struggling Reader in an attempt to come alongside parents and teachers in their efforts to help children who are struggling in this area. You can read more about Kristen and her husband at www.TheStrugglingReader.com Mention this blog post to receive 20% off any order.