My Child Can Read–But Hates to Do It.

by Marilyn Kay, M. Ed.
Director, The Reading Group, Urbana, IL

Maybe you’re the parent of a child who can read. It’s just that he or she doesn’t want to! Sometimes a child who could be a really good reader resists reading and shows no interest in reading for pleasure. Is there anything you can do to change this, to foster a lifelong love of reading and books? Yes!

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When Is a Child Ready to Read

by Edith Grotberg, Ph.D.
Developmental Psychologist
Former Director, Research and Evaluation Division,
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, Washington, D.C.

When is a child ready to read?
This question is too easity answered by saying, “Around the age of five or six.” But brain developement varies. Some children are ready earlier than others.
We researcher say that the brain needs to be able to hold a symbol in one position for reading. What does that mean? Well, let’s say a word starts with the letter ‘b.’ The child sees a straight line and a circle. To a child whose brain is not quite ready to hold the symbol in position, that letter could also be a ‘p,’ ‘d,’ ‘q,’ ‘6,’ or ‘9.’ An alphabet letter is a new kind of object.

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The Help-Your-Child Quiz

by Dee Falk
K-12 Resource Teacher
Stromsburg Public Schools, Stromsburg, Nebraska

If you are the parent of a 6- to 9-year-old (first to second grade) child who is struggling to “crack the code” of reading, you are not alone. Don’t panic! Do some observing. What skills does your child have? What does he or she need more help with? Answering the questions below will give you a better idea of what to do next.

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Reading Out Loud Is Not Enough

by Ellen Shapiro
President, Alphagram Learning Materials

Everything you’ve read has told you reading out loud is the way to teach your child to read. Isn’t it?
You cuddle up with your child in a cozy chair. As soon as you open The Cat in the Hat, her face lights up. The two of you laugh at the antics of Thing One and Thing Two. Your son is sitting in your lap, and together you enter the world of Where The Wild Things Are. You delight in his version of the terrible roar.
These are wonderful moments, a big part of the joy of being a parent (and a child). Of course, you also look forward to the day when your child will be reading on his or her own.

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