What can I do to help my child read faster? submitted by K Weeks

Top six things to improve your child’s reading speed.

1.  Read to them everyday.

2.  When reading with them try echo reading: You read the sentence and then they reads the same sentence pointing to each word. 

3.  Try choral reading having them and a sibling read text together outloud with you reading it too.   All three of you reading together. Text to build speed needs to be text that they can read 90% of the words accurately the first time.

3.  Try thinking aloud.  When reading, say what someone would think when they are reading a word they haven’t read before.  You know how to read words, but you know for them that there are words that they hit and say, oh goodness, that is a big word.  If you were reading, The cat is swinging in the tree.  You can can think aloud as you read.  Be sure to tell the kids you are going to think aloud because else wise they might just interrupt to tell you the word.  It is done like this. 

 “The cat is…hmm.. /s/../w/, the letters ing say /ing/ so I have /s/, /w/, ing… swing, the letters ing again, it’s swinging.  The cat is swinging in the …tr says the  /tr/ sound and ee…tree.  The cat is swinging in the tree.” 

 This models the thought process someone that is trying to read something difficult for them.  This is a process we naturally, as fluent readers do on hard words, but we don’t say it outloud.  Some kids need to be taught this process.  Within that you end up teaching him sound combinations that he may not know at this point like that ing makes the /ing/ sound and tr makes the /tr/ sound.  It is best done by watching for those sounds he most says incorrectly and then modeling it with those sounds. Put those sounds in a powerpoint or on flashcards and practice them.  Model the think aloud when you see that sound. 

 4.  Create flashcards or powerpoints with the common letter combinations for specific sounds or common words they are not reading with quick recognition.  Once they begin to recognize and state the word within a second, you will want to build automaticity by flashing the card for less than a second and make it disappear.  This is the point they then sate the word.  They think about it after the words has disappeared.  They can’t sound it out.  

5.  Read, read and re-read poetry, things with rhythm and/ or rhyme, repeatedly.

6.  Reader’s Theater- reading their part that is on their level repeatedly.

Please email me questions/comments.  I will be glad to consult with you to help you in regards to your child’s needs.

   

 

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