Helping a child learn to read should be fun and a good experience (for both teacher and student!).
A confident reader loves to read, a struggling reader does not like to read because they don't have confidence.
Reading does not make a struggling reader feel good. SO,
the number one rule when teaching reading is to make sure you teach in a way that builds confidence and allows the student to have fun and feel good about themselves.
When a child understands/comprehends what they are reading: When a child can see that reading has meaning, reading becomes a magical experience and the child will want to continue to learn.
Here are a few things you can do to help your student learn to Read and have reading confidence.
- Find Ways to make Reading Skills Fun! (Download our free starter kit here for some fun activities!)
- Explicitly Teach A Child To Read Using A Controlled Vocabulary And Phonics (HINT: You Can Download A FREE Sample With Our Starter Pack Here)
- Take things slowly. (It is okay to repeat a day or to go back a day if needed). Learning to read takes time and patience. Watch your reader for confidence. If your reader is not confident, take a step back to the place where your reader is confident, practice, and take another baby step forward when your reader is ready.
- Practice, practice, practice: have the child read to their stuffed animal, to their dog, to grandma on the phone... Children should read to anyone who will listen!
- Give praise - Remember, confidence is key when teaching a child to read: A confident reader loves to read!