Help !!! My son is 7 and he is really having a hard time reading I tired everything I know but it dont seem to be working PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Marni - posted on 03/02/2009

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All my kids read extremely early as well as a few friends of ours...Our secret..we turned on the closed captioning on the TV....they learned within weeks.  It was awkward watching a show with the words coming up at first, but like anything, you get over it really quick and don't even notice it...but it works!  They get all the high frequency words and the brain just sucks them up!

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Helena - posted on 04/02/2014

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take him to library and let him join reading group, where they read and earn a gift. Also let him have a reading group at home, where all the kids read the same book and talk about it. Get him a book on hobbies and see what he would like to do or build,etc.

Brandy - posted on 03/16/2009

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there are some newer programs that bring in a dog for the kids to read too. but I'm sure a cat or hamster lizard whatever you may have ( if you have one)...   The kids like it beacause there isn't someone sitting over them correcting everything and dogs dont judge....  My friends girl was having trouble so I told him to give it a try and about 2 weeks later her teacher noted a big improvement.   My son is in PreK so we aren't there yet but I'm sure he will be reading to his Kira & Sydnee soon.

Tiffany - posted on 03/05/2009

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Hi Becky,

I am the mother of 2 boys ages 7 and 8. I have also taught K, 1st and 2nd grades. Reading can be a struggle for some kids and there is not a specific age that ALL kids magically know how to read. Have you spoken to your son's teacher? Many schools have reading specialists and they could maybe get him some extra help. I would encourage you to stay on the teacher and if you feel like you are getting nowhere, call the principal. I agree with the poster who said to limit t.v. time. Reading to your child everyday is also helpful. My kids are both good readers and we played a ton of board games. Hooked on Phonics is also a good option. At this point, you may also want to consider a tutor. I know that can be expensive but you may only need one for a short time. Once he figures it out, he will progress quickly. Good luck.

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My daughter was having a lot of difficulty with reading when she entered 1st grade.  Luckily her school has a reading specialist and she gets extra attention by being in the specialists group.  From what her reading teacher has told me, the best way to help with a child's reading is to simply read, constantly.  I have her help me read recipes when we're making dinner, street signs when we're driving, the TV program guide when she wants to know what's coming on - anything with words.  And also, I read to her every night so that she gets to "read" without having to work so hard at it.  And I give her positive reinforcement any time she reads anything, I always make a big deal over it and tell her I'm proud of her for being such a good reader.  The more she progresses, the better she likes reading. 



You may want to try talking to his teacher and seeing if he/she can recommend anything that you can do at home that will reinforce what is being done at school.  I've found that teacher/parent communication is the key to success in school.



 

Hanna - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have a friend that was having the same trouble with her 7 yr old.  I suggested having different family members write a letter and send it to him.  He loved getting the mail and it didn't seem like work to him to read it.  He is doing alot better now.

Patricia - posted on 03/05/2009

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Quoting Becky:

Help !!! My son is 7 and he is really having a hard time reading I tired everything I know but it dont seem to be working PLEASE HELP!!!!



Becky,



first, as others have said, don't panic. Last thing your son wants is to feel something's 'wrong'. Second- ditto the advice on graphic novels- like comic books. My son, 6, is absolutely hooked. Third- restrict TV time!!! It's hard the first couple of weeks but if you eliminate the temptation, they find other things to do. Both my kids LOVE reading, and my son plays with Legos, Playmobiles, and draws constantly.



I unsubscribed from the children's cable channels (Disney, Nickelodean, Cartoon Network) to take away the temptation and source of the arguments. We rent a movie once a week and it's an occasion.



Other parents can't understand why my daughter, 10, is always reading. I'm convinced it's because I've seriously controlled the TV access, and stuck to it.



Good luck, he'll be fine.  Oh yeah- read with him starting with what he can handle,and it's never 'no, that's not right, it's 'try that one again'. Love and patience. Works with most things!



Regards,



Patricia

Jennifer - posted on 03/03/2009

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My son's preschool teacher said that some kids don't learn to read until they are eight years old -- and that it's perfectly fine. One of her sons taught himself to read at three, and another one didn't learn until he was 8 1/2. Yet the one that learned later went on to become an honor student and did just as well in reading/English as the one that learned at 3.

Alicia - posted on 03/03/2009

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Try graphic novels-or comic books. My third grade students love them. They fight over them at recess. The best thing is to read at home with him (or her) for 20-30 minutes every night. It really does work. 

Amanda - posted on 03/02/2009

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It's not just boys. I have a 7 year old daughter who is having considerable difficulty. What has helped us... children's plays.... I usually find two person plays appropriate for her age and I read my part and she reads hers. It's similar to the suggestions of the other Mom's but we have added dress up and funny voices. Mind you, my daughter reads best in the voice of kermit the frog.... we're hoping she'll outgrow that. lol

Arlene - posted on 03/02/2009

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Quoting Becky:

Help !!! My son is 7 and he is really having a hard time reading I tired everything I know but it dont seem to be working PLEASE HELP!!!!



Hi Becky, Have you tried hooked on phonics?  It really works, or even if you start with flash cards because in most cases it is a phonics issue.  Let us know what you have tried so that we might be able to offer some suggestions.





 

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009

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my 6 yr old son was really havin problems readin and we got his eyes tested now he is readin 100% better

Vanda - posted on 03/02/2009

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My son has trouble with reading too and hes 9 on wednesday he gets extra help at school with his reading and they do the jolly phonics which is using sounds for the words its a fun way for them to learn and he is doing alot better now you can get books and software which can help your son with his reading 30 mins to an hr an evening after school with him will make a big difference

Madison - posted on 03/02/2009

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Don't panic, it happens. Try Hooked on Phonics... I had a really hard time reading, and I still do. but hooked on phonics was about the only thing that worked for me, My mom also had to sit with me in 5 minuts working 10 min not, because I could not keep my consentration at all. It was and still is pritty hard for me, but I'm much better now. Mind you I didnt start hooked on Phonics until I was in the 6th grade.

Stacy - posted on 03/02/2009

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I like to read with my son, I will read a few words than he will read a word we will just keep adding more words. This has helped for me as he has gotten alot more confidence. I hope this helps and good luck, Picking his own books is also helpful

Heather - posted on 03/02/2009

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I am going thru the same with my son who just turned 8. They say boys develop reading skills slower than girls and at his age it is common for him to be behind...but I feel he is way too far behind. Does your sons school have a reading group or specialist? Is he far enough behind to be tested and get help from the LRC? What really helped my son was computer games...they are fun for him and educational! Maybe check out www.starfall.com with him.

Laurie - posted on 03/02/2009

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Hi! I use to work as a teacher aide helping  children in 3rd grade with reading disablitlies. I know that when kids are not motivated to read, it can be very difficult to get them to.  Try to find things to read that are of interest to him for example try comic books, joke books, subjects that he likes (dinosaurs, mummies etc..)  or there are some poetry books out just for school age boys (funny topics they laugh about). Also, don't let him get frustrated, take  turns - you read a little then let him read a little.  We use to play a game called pop corn, you read a little then yell out pop corn and he has to pick up where you left off and he then can yell pop corn for your turn again,it can be even more fun if you have another sibling to include or even dad.   I believe one key to learning to read is liking the experience, don't make it feel like work but rather like fun time with mom!  Good Luck!  And don't get discouraged, 7 is still very young!  it will come, everyone learns at different rates!

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